Author: Matthew Jennings

Fever Ray - Self Titled

Fever Ray - Self Titled

Review of Fever Ray's self-titled album The Knife released 'Silent Shout' in 2006 to the sound of the critical community orgasming in unison. The album stood, and stands alone; inimitable, content with its own company....

Review posted on 16th April 2009

Animal Kingdom - Chalk Stars

Animal Kingdom - Chalk Stars

Review of Animal Kingdom's single Chalk Stars.Animal Kingdom are supporting Snow Patrol on an upcoming arena tour. This makes sense - 'Chalk Stars' is US-college radio-ready indie-pop at its most saccharine. As dewy-eyed Richard Sauberlich...

Review posted on 16th April 2009

Wintermute - Robot Works

Wintermute - Robot Works

Review of Wintermute's album 'Robot Works' released through Big Scary Monsters. There are many strategies for opening an album. Some opt for a meandering instrumental passage; swirling synths and ambient guitars building slowly towards the...

Review posted on 16th April 2009

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - The Snake

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - The Snake

Review of Wildbirds & Peacedrums album 'The Snake'.I was a little ambivalent on my first listen to 'The Snake' - the minimalist aesthetic is the most apparent feature of the duo's approach, and initially seemed...

Review posted on 15th April 2009

The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain

The Acorn - Glory Hope Mountain

Glory Hope Mountain album review from The Acorn released through Bella Union. Rolf Klausner, singer and main songwriter of Canada's 'The Acorn', may have surprised his bandmates somewhat when he told them that he wanted...

Review posted on 13th November 2008

Peter Broderick - Home

Peter Broderick - Home

Home album review from Peter Broderick released through Bella Union. For someone born as late as 1987, Peter Broderick shows an extraordinary maturity on 'Home', his first release for Bella Union. Having cut his bones...

Review posted on 13th November 2008

Sigur Ros - With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly

Sigur Ros - With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly

Album review of With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly by Sigur Ros reviewed by Matthew Jennings. Sigur Ros is a special band. It was partly because of the sweeping beauty of 1999's...

Review posted on 3rd July 2008

Chris Clark - Turning Dragon

Chris Clark - Turning Dragon

Clark Turning Dragon Warp Album Review When Chris Clark, Aphex Twin, Autechre and Squarepusher began releasing music on Sheffield's pioneering label Warp Records in the early 90's, those dark powers that sit in a boardroom...

Review posted on 12th February 2008

Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead

Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead

Serj TankianElect The Dead Album Review The blueprint for Serj Tankian's debut solo album is simple. He takes the System Of A Down sound and dilutes it to the point that it fits nicely into...

Review posted on 8th January 2008

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood

Jonny GreenwoodThere Will Be Blood original soundtrack Album Review Throughout Radiohead's back catalogue, there are hints of Jonny Greenwood's calibre as a composer and arranger. The string section on 'How to disappear completely' perhaps provides...

Review posted on 8th January 2008

Grizzly Bear - Friend

Grizzly Bear - Friend

Grizzly Bear Friend EP Review Warp Records For Grizzly Bear's second release onto Warp Records, they give us a collection of alternate versions of old songs and covers; both them covering other artists and...

Review posted on 19th November 2007

Brew Records - Compilation 1

Brew Records - Compilation 1

Brew Records Compilation 1 Brew Records Brew Records fanfares its arrival with a compilation whose tracklist reads something like a who's who of the Leeds guitar music fraternity. Most of the acts included are fairly...

Review posted on 19th November 2007

Middleman - Good To Be Back

Middleman - Good To Be Back

Middleman Good To Be Back Single Review Middleman really like their buddies. Both tracks off latest single 'Good to be back' are heartfelt homages to friendship and familiarity, skilfully crafted into pocket-sized pop/rock/electronica packages....

Review posted on 19th November 2007

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