wed 28/09/2022

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: Love (Szerelem)

Graham Rickson

Károly Makk’s Love (Szerelem) is full of silences and absences, this 1971 film’s premise as simple as its title is banal.

Album: Lambchop - The Bible

Nick Hasted

Lambchop’s 1997 breakthrough album took its title from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Borrowing The Bible is a more purposefully brazen gambit, as Kurt Wagner tries to locate Americans’ spiritual hearts, in a shaken, besmirched and brutalised nation. It’s a record of reflection, reconciliation and quiet rebellion.

Album: Gabriels - Angels & Queens, Part I

Peter Quinn

Lauded by Elton John (who called their 2020 debut EP Love and Hate in a Different Time “probably one of the most seminal records I've heard in the...

Album: Beth Orton - Weather Alive

Joe Muggs

Beth Orton has never rushed her music. Her first four albums came one every three years, then since 2002 it’s averaged at a five year gap each time....

Album: Mark Peters - Red Sunset Dreams

Barney Harsent

The word “immersive” has, of late, been hijacked. Now used with conspicuous abandon by everyone from estate agents offering piss-poor 3-D renderings...

Blu-ray: Kuhle Wampe

Graham Rickson

A classic of Weimar-era cinema, both polemical and poetic

Album: Tim Burgess - Typical Music

Kathryn Reilly

Nothing typical to hear here, just an artist being passionately prolific

Blu-ray: Nitram

Saskia Baron

Lucid portrait of the months leading up to an infamous mass shooting in Australia

Album: Blackpink - Born Pink

Joe Muggs

The "Pink Venom" of capitalism concentrated to its purest form... yet

Album: Marcus Mumford - (Self-Titled)

Barney Harsent

The Mumford & Sons frontman finds catharsis in his solo debut

Album: Marina Allen - Centrifics

Kieron Tyler

US singer-songwriter’s jazz-tinged second album eschews templates

Album: Gogol Bordello - Solidaritine

Guy Oddy

Mixed heritage gypsy-punks add some hardcore punk to their sound

Album: Suede - Autofiction

Nick Hasted

Wistful post-punk thuggery from Britpop's comeback kings

Blu-ray: Identification of a Woman

Nick Hasted

Late Antonioni offers faded, formal beauty and a flare of eerie genius

Album: Star Feminine Band - In Paris

Mark Kidel

Protest songs by teenage band from Benin

Album: Santigold - Spirituals

Kathryn Reilly

She's back and she's still blazing a creative trail

Album: Parkway Drive - Darker Still

Tom Carr

A heavy metal treasure trove - euphoric and atmospheric throughout, yet punchy and energetic

Album: Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9

Guy Oddy

A fiery good-bye to the USA from the Prince of Darkness

Album: The Afghan Whigs - How Do You Burn?

Nick Hasted

Greg Dulli's veterans head for the hedonistic horizon, still finding wisdom in excess

Album: Julian Lennon - Jude

Kathryn Reilly

Here comes the son

Album: Tom Chaplin - Midpoint

Joe Muggs

Music that was always middle aged ironically ages gracefully

Album: Two Door Cinema Club - Keep On Smiling

Barney Harsent

An uneven return, but a passing grade for the electronic-infused indie trio

Blu-ray: Desire / All My Good Countrymen - Two films by Vojtěch Jasný

Graham Rickson

A distinctive director’s take on post-war Czech life

Album: Julia Hülsmann Quartet - The Next Door

Sebastian Scotney

Top-flight German jazz quartet finds freedom and natural flow

DVD: Wayfinder

Nick Hasted

An Afrofuturist road movie through eerie, emptied English landscapes

Album: Muse - Will of the People

Tom Carr

Muse's ninth doesn't stick the landing despite some promise in its varied sound

Album: Gabriele Mirabassi and Stefano Zanchini - Il gatto e la volpe

Sebastian Scotney

From a masterful Italian jazz duo, one of the great clarinet albums, in pairing with accordion

Album: Ezra Furman - All of Us Flames

Kieron Tyler

Where a classic American musical sensibility unites with anger

Album: Fisherman's Friends - One and All

Liz Thomson

Haul in the nets, call the lifeboat for the soundtrack on the film sequel

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