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21 Jan 13
His previous albums having focused on traditional Scottish songs - whether in collaboration with Mairi Morrison on 2012’s Urstan, or on his own on 2010’s Too Long in This Condition – with A Wonder Working Stone, Alasdair Roberts returns with a collection of original songs. Of course, one should be careful bandying around words like “original” here as Roberts is steeped in the folk tradition of borrowing or reworking existing material, something that he continues here.
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19 Nov 12
The first of the SSTUDIOS series in which the Software label will be bringing electronic artists together to collaborate, Instrumental Tourist sees the meeting of two of the biggest names in experimental electronica in Canadian Tim Hecker and Brooklyn based Daniel Lopatin. Taking a set of digitally sourced “instruments of the world” as their starting point before twisting and distorting them beyond recognition, Hecker and Lopatin take the listener on a strange, detached and frequently beautiful journey across the globe.
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12 Nov 12
Having left the sixties pop inspired indie of her first two albums behind on “Love Is Not Pop” in favour of a more electronic sound, for her fifth album, Sarah Assbring has decided to look back to a more recent era and make a record that she has talked of as an homage to the music she loved from the nineties. While the idea of another addition to the growing clutch of nineties revival records may chill the bones of anybody for whom the word “Britpop” causes the onset of a cold sweat, fortunately, Assbring’s taste is far better than that.
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08 Oct 12
For this, their second album, My Jerusalem frontman Jeff Klein claims to have been inspired by the idea that “Nobody ever paid money to see Harry Houdini escape being buried alive. They wanted the small chance of seeing him killed by the weight of the earth on top of him”. It’s a fair indication of what’s to come: images of drowning, burial, suicide and sickness permeate the songs and the overall tone is one of unrelenting bleakness. The title track sets the scene. "We’re all animals in the wilderness …. We’re gonna drown in the river" mutters Klein.
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01 Oct 12
Released back in 2004, Tilly and the Wall’s debut album Wild Like Children was a collection of unpolished, folky reflections on growing up that had real charm.  Any accusations of tweeness that will naturally follow when you name your band after a children’s book and have a tap dancer instead of a drummer were allayed by songs of teenage drunkenness, sex and suicide played with a rough and ready lust for life. So, eight years later and four years since their last album, how does a group so rooted in childhood experience deal with hitting thirty and having kids of their own?
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24 Sep 12
Four years after his last solo album and with Mojave 3 on hiatus, Neil Halstead does not appear to be a man in a rush. A listen to Palindrome Hunches would suggest that he has been spending his time wisely. His first two albums, Sleeping on Roads and This Mighty Engine surprised some, with Halstead moving away from the Americana that drove Mojave 3’s sound towards acoustic folk with a more distinctively English feel. Whilst this, his third album, is by no means a radical departure from the previous two, it represents a considerable step up in quality.