'Widdershins' is an arcane word meaning counterclockwise or against the sun's course. It's considered unlucky. Grant-Lee Phillips revives it to question our path in turbulent times. Although in his own career he has made unexpected lurches from country to 80s covers, this ninth album since he parked the Grant-Lee Buffalo band name sees a return to what he's best at: emotional rock songs that marry grandeur and raw punch. Working again as a trio (with...Read more
Having established himself as a jangle-pop classicist of note with The Loft and post-C86 shoulda-beens The Weather Prophets, Pete Astor then radically changed direction. Taking a trip into left field, he went on to helm experimental, if critically-acclaimed projects The Wisdom Of Harry and Ellis Island Sound since the turn of the century. Astor has since settled into teaching, lecturing at London's University Of Westminster. However, he restarted...Read more
Over their too-brief lifespan, Kendal quartet Wild Beasts traced an intriguingly unique arc in lewd, lavish intelli-pop. Though they began as esoteric, falsetto-pop curios, they soon steered their filthier instincts into groove-sodden turf, taking a fascination with sex and feckless masculinity to logical extremes. With the quartet splitting, what impresses most about this recorded-live retrospective is how smoothly the diffuse points on their timeline...Read more
Right. I've tried to pull myself out of this review, but I absolutely cannot. Someone must stand here, on this hill, with this rose and these thorns and this blood. My hot take boils down to this: What do the record collectors (read: certain dudes) want out of Ought? They seek an increase of the chaos, monologues and tempests to obfuscate humanity and push farther into the stratosphere of the obscure (or just the back catalogue of the Fall). For them,...Read more
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