'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
In interviews since Meg Remy's last album as U S Girls, 2015's Half Free, she indicated that her next batch of songs would be more direct, less polite. "The lyrics are getting, I think, way more violent," she told ChartAttack in 2016. "I'm dissecting violence a lot more because it's something I don't relate with, and yet it's everywhere." That's immediately evident on In a Poem Unlimited; the record begins with "Velvet 4 Sale," a breathy percussion-propelled...Read more
Originally released on Bandcamp in 2011, Twin Fantasy marked 25-year-old Will Toledo's sixth album (yes, sixth) and while its original lo-fi, DIY sound found a cult following, Toledo was never fully happy with it. As such, he has reworked and re-recorded it, fleshing out the sound - and length - of the record, most noticeably on High To Death; lead single Nervous Young Inhumans, and Famous Prophets (Stars), which increases by a full six minutes and...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
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