Mid-Afternoon Compilation Saturday: Reason To Believe – The Songs Of Tim Hardin

Try as I might, I don’t think that this will ever be a regular occurrence – in my defence however, Saturday is currently the one day of the week I don’t work, so I tend to sleep right through them nowadays rather than seek out fresh compilations to badly wax lyrical about.  Nice bit of serendipity today though, as this arrived today (ahead of Monday’s release – one of the.. Read More

Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North

There’s a word I’d like to get out of the way before starting this thing properly.  Orcadian is a word that has appeared in probably every single press mention of delightful folk-popsters Erland and the Carnival, and definitely in at least one that I’ve done on here (albums reviewed hither and thither).  It’s a word included not just as a matter of geographical fact (it’s where vocalist Gawain Erland Cooper hails from,.. Read More

Diagrams – Black Light

The first record of 2012 is here at last!  Well, the first one I’ve got round to buying, anyway.  I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while after buying their (his?) debut EP on a whim at the end of last summer and really enjoying its baffling stylistic multi-direction, each song suggesting a different direction that this project could embark upon.  Taking on board the spirits of Peter.. Read More

Best of 2011, 40-31

And now for the next bit.  This is a good one to expose the utter unfairness in doing these things, as there’s one in this section that I have had for a few days that would probably have placed much higher if I had more time to listen to it, and another that has had more time than most to sink in as it had been knocking about for two.. Read More

Hannah Peel – The Broken Wave

Debut albums are brilliant things, aren’t they? They are created as labours of love over huge swathes of time with the only pressures and constraints being those imposed by the artist.  Not for the debutantes are the spectres of people in suits tapping their watches insisting that ten great songs are plucked fully-formed out of the ether because the market has to have something by a certain date; and neither.. Read More