The Blood Choir: Dartmoor (EP)

We’ve got a good knowledge of music but we’ve never heard of The Blood Choir. This EP is billed as “an object of pure fable among Blood Choir fans”; its four tracks comprising a “long-rumoured collection”, initially recorded between 2007 and 2009, long before the band’s 2012 debut album No Windows to the Old World. […]

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Untethered

We first came across Willard Grant Conspiracy on a compilation, a song called Soft Hand, a great downbeat blues/Americana tune with hypnotic vocals and addictive inputs from strings and guitar; it’s about lying in bed. We’ve bought albums since and the quality is always good, if you like gloomy Americana. Their songs always have atmosphere […]

Rudimental: Toast to Our Differences

It’s hard not to like this album, in the same way it’s hard to dislike beans on toast or any buddy bromance cop movie — they’re just products, meant to be consumed by the masses. Gone are the days when you’d turn Rudimental up loud for a shot of euphoria … but then this is […]

Emilie Kahn: Outro

Kahn used to play as Emilie And Ogden — Ogden being her harp; happily they’ve not split due to musical differences and Ogden features in opener Swimmer. The word for that song is dreamy, but by track two you’re hoping for less dreamy and thankfully she picks up the pace, and an acoustic guitar, for […]

William the Conqueror: Bleeding On The Soundtrack

William The Conqueror has stepped up a notch for this album, in the same sense that Rocky Balboa steps up from debt collection to world title contender; we exaggerate a little as the last album Proud Disturber of The Peace was pretty good but this is world class. We’ve been fans since we saw him […]

Classic Clarinet

This CD is part of a series of CDs aimed at people who want to know more about an instrument, either as players or listeners. For those who are new to an instrument, the first question is often where to start. This new series offers an easy answer to that question, as well as an […]

Javier Girotto Trio: Tango Nuevo Revisited

  First of all what this isn’t: it’s not the kind of tango that’s evocative of svelte couples dancing in sensual fashion across a dance floor to music suggestive of a dodgy nightclub in Buenos Aries. This is more dance music as an art form. It’s a remake of an album, Summit, by Argentinean bandoneonist […]

Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra: Sousa – Wind Band Music Vol 18

John Philip Sousa (1854–1932) was the American composer known as “The March King”; you all know some of his tunes, as he wrote The Stars and Stripes Forever, the national march of the USA, Semper Fidelis — official march of the United States Marine Corps — and of course The Liberty Bell, the official march […]

Tim Fredericks: Singer Songwriter

This album, which we guess is a labour of love (they’re giving it away) is from a band that if not local is at least regional: members are from Crewe, Macc, Stoke and Manchester. The tracks on this were recorded between 2015-19, so we guess when money was spare. The opener is a full band […]