Stefan Orins Trio: The Middle Way

The Stefan Orins Trio has gigged extensively, which means a tight band and each player understanding the others. If we said this was a modern jazz album written by a pianist, you might have an expectation of what it would sound like, short on melody, lots of piano, a little technical. It is these things […]

Veridian: 40826D

For a debut EP, this is impressive, and Veridian do a good impression of an American emo pop/punk band with half a dozen albums under their belt. That’s the problem with the sound of course: Veridian sound like any number of bands (You Me at Six, Mallory Knox, Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan) you’ve heard, […]

Andrew Wright: The Operatic Pianist II

We always like this kind of CD — transcriptions of more complex works for either travelling performers or good amateurs to play. It’s comforting to know that even the great composers had to earn a crust and deliver work that could be played by amateurs, a bit like finding the drummer with a named band […]

Edgelarks: Edgelarks

Is it just us, but are Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) cashing in on Game Of Thrones with the sleeve: “winter is coming, best get some decent music in”, says the cover. Well, maybe. Edgelarks are somewhere between Lau and Dan Walsh, slick in sound but not too removed from an intimate live feel. […]

Amadou and Mariam: La Confusion

There’s world music and there’s world music. There’s the rootsy world of earnest music fans, which is played by traditional artists who are probably seen as traditional in their own lands. Then there’s the world music that the owners of internet radios can listen to: music that’s played for (say) Africans to listen to as […]

The Barr Brothers: Queens Of The Breakers

The Review Corner are huge fans of The Barr Brothers (brothers Brad and Andrew, and harpist Sarah Page) and after their last album saw them at a small venue, Page’s massive harp squeezed onto a tiny stage. They’re a class act; slick songs expertly put together but with an appealing DIY / live feel, and […]

Scott Matthews: Home Pt2

A bit like the Mounties we always get a CD reviewed, even if the sounds of the launch party and the promotional tour are long forgotten. We’ve got all Scott Matthews’ CDs — one we even bought — and always found him a little frustrating. Clearly a talented songwriter, he always seemed to hide his […]

Tigers Jaw: Spin

Tigers Jaw have been going for 12 years. Half the band left a couple of years ago, leaving guitarist Ben Walsh and keyboard player Brianna Collins (both singers). For 2014’s Charmer, the musicians who had left the previous year came back, even though the band was officially a duo. Spin (technically lower case, spin, but […]

Lau Decade: The Best of Lau (2007-2017)

Lau are one of folk’s supergroups and Aidan O’Rourke, Kris Drever and Martin Green have been playing together in this format for more than a decade – the album title notes the period since their first full album release, Lightweights and Gentlemen. This being folk, where the audience connection is strong, they asked their fans […]

The Little Unsaid: Imagined Hymns and Chaingang Mantras

This is our favourite of four albums we’ve had recently, a fact that would have surprised us at first play. Lau are the slick stadium band, Dan Walsh the bloke down the pub providing entertainment, The Little Unsaid offer serious music on serious topics. At first hearing, it’s a little intense but it’s compulsive listening. […]