Album Reviews · Reviews in a Nutshell

SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Before the release of A Seat at the Table, Solange Knowles described the record as a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing. The project is not a small one, either. At 21 tracks long, this album could have perhaps even been released as a double album, allowing the treasure trove of sounds and… Continue reading SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Album Reviews · Reviews in a Nutshell

PALACE – SO LONG FOREVER

London four-piece Palace’s first full length effort arrives two years after their eye-catching debut EP Lost In the Night, and the striking similarities to the off-kilter, British indie of Foals and The Maccabees that were made then are still every bit as strong now. Leo Wyndham’s drooling tones are warm and smooth amongst the intricate, bright… Continue reading PALACE – SO LONG FOREVER

Album Reviews · Reviews in a Nutshell

MACHINEDRUM – HUMAN ENERGY

The opening track of Human Energy – Lapis – starts with the electronic equivalent of tightening a guitar string to a tautness so precarious that the slightest tweak will cause the strain to become too much for it. This is indicative of Travis Stewart’s desire to pack as much action into Human Energy as possible, infiltrating its spasmodic synthtronica grooves with… Continue reading MACHINEDRUM – HUMAN ENERGY

Album Reviews · Reviews in a Nutshell

KATE TEMPEST – LET THEM EAT CHAOS

Kate Tempest’s follow up to 2014’s stunning Everybody Down is another concept album that dazzles in its fiercely compassionate logorrhea. Let Them Eat Chaos focuses on seven neighbours of the same London street, all of whom are unable to sleep in the small hours. They use the time to ponder their situations. Gentrification is forcing Zoe from her neighbourhood… Continue reading KATE TEMPEST – LET THEM EAT CHAOS

Album Reviews · Reviews in a Nutshell

C DUNCAN – THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Glasweigan composer and multi-instrumentalist C Duncan has followed up the excellent, Mercury Prize nominated Architect with a collection of electronically veiled soundscapes inspired by Rob Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Serling’scritically acclaimed anthology series introduced many Americans to science fiction in the 60s with jerking vigor, but the result of the inspiration in C Duncan’s case is a bold, almost spiritual musical statement draped in purity… Continue reading C DUNCAN – THE MIDNIGHT SUN