If we could ask Schrödinger his thoughts on St. Vincent , he would undoubtedly find some way of explaining how, in one of the infinite alternate realities, Annie Clark has achieved the commercial success she deserves. "Critics? Schmitics," he'd say, violently gesticulating in the direction of the nearest cat. "Cash is what makes the world go round, and this woman deserves to be rich." Rather than going to those philosophical lengths, taxing our COVID...Read more
Produced by the inimitable brilliance that is Dan Carey in his South London studio during last summer's heatwave, Bright Green Field embodies this ever-changing world we endure. All the uncertainty of the past year comes to a crux in Squid 's constantly evolving stronghold, with this multi-layered, multifaceted amalgamation of the calm and chaotic. Even from their early days Squid have been a clash of genres and influences - always exploring and...Read more
Five decades ago, an agitated 21-year-old Van Morrison recorded 31 original songs about missing royalty checks and ringworm, intended to fulfill the terms of what he judged to be an onerous record deal. Those 1967 recordings, known colloquially as the Contractual Obligation Session, were un-releasable by design: One track late in the running order is titled "Freaky If You Got This Far." The Contractual Obligation Session was the first of many real...Read more
Indebted to an array of genres, you'll find '00s acoustic-guitar driven pop, as well as pop-punk inspired moments - there's even a reference to Canadian staples Simple Plan in "Favourite Band". Moriondo's vocals deftly move between these styles, topping each sonic landscape with a cherry-sweet timbre, honest lyrics and an often nonchalant performance. Although Moriondo sounds sure of herself on this record, there is an undercurrent of self-doubt....Read more
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