All posts filed under: Album & Single Reviews

Ida Wenøe: Time Of Ghosts – Gigslutz

The striking, bleakness that opens Ida Wenøe’s ‘Lyla’, the lead single from her new album Time of Ghosts, is breath-taking – a whip of cold wind that sucks the air from your lungs. It is no surprise to learn that Wenøe is Nordic. There is a stripped down, bareness to her sound that seems fitting to the modern perception of what it means to be Nordic. Yet, Wenøe’s dulcet voice offers a warmth and solace despite the melancholy lyrics. Wenøe skilfully combines the sounds of Americana with English folk undertones, all shadowed by the noir-ness of her Nordic background. Time of Ghosts is a journey through a new kind of folk. One that puts to rest the Mumford & Sons pop-edge in favour of a bare honesty. Opening track ‘Changing of the Seasons’ is a soft and pleasant, albeit quite long, introduction to Wenøe’s sound. That particular melding, heavy on the Americana in this instance. Not only sonically but also in its themes; changing seasons, train stations, journeys. Read More…

Laura Marling: Semper Femina – Gigslutz

For months the public has been teased with a variety of singles from Laura Marling’s much anticipated Semper Femina. After mounting anticipation, it has arrived, and shattered every expectation. Written during a self-confessed ‘masculine’ time in Marling’s life, the opening track ‘Soothing’ is just that. It is strikingly dissimilar to the singles released so far, and to Marling’s previous work. It is pared down, with blood-thumping percussion. It whets the appetite for Marling’s introspective work, whose title translates to ‘Always Woman’. Read more.. 

Laura Marling: Wild Fire – Gigslutz

As Laura Marling’s sonic self continues to evolve, she remains true to her greatest strengths. Newest track ‘Wild Fire’ (taken from the upcoming Semper Femina), builds upon what has always made Marling stand out. Her slightly off-kilter intonation highlights her poetic lyricism, as a wholesomeness underpins the melancholy, and a twinkling, jovial piano accompanies her crooning “do you cry sometimes?”. It is this juxtaposition that Marling has always known how to use so well. Read more…

Laura Marling: Short Movie – The Quietus

Laura Marling has just embarked on another branch of her evolution. One expects nothing less from the famed folk singer, who’s personal life has been the centre of her song-writing since her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim. In the interim between 2013’s Once I Was An Eagle and her newest release Short Movie, Marling has had plenty of fodder. This thirteen-track album sees Marling taking her marked brand of folk spiced up with hints of punk style anger, less subtle than on previous records. Read more…

Review: Beans on Toast: The Grand Scheme of Things – The Metropolist

Jay McAllister, better known as the drunk folk singer Beans on Toast, is turning thirty-four. This birthday sees the release of his newest and sixth album: The Grand Scheme of Things. McAllister is known for his politically driven lyrics and recreational drug use, and while the latter may have waned the former hasn’t. The Grand Scheme of Things is a stripped-down folk album that examines both the personal and the public. Read more…

Ariel Pink: pom pom – The Metropolist

Take Lou Reed and coat him in candy-floss, over saturate with Technicolor, and you’ve got pom pom, the solo release by Ariel Pink. The slightly alien pom pom is a peculiar mash-up of genre and style that somehow manages to be coherent. Opener Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade is as absurd as it sounds, but with an indie pop undertone and Pink’s particular vocal mannerisms, the song veers away from off-putting and manages to make it to endearing. Read more…

Bass Clef: Moment Only Moment – The Metropolist

Hypercolour’s Sneaker Social Club is a Bristol based electronic music collaborative that “incorporates Sneaker art, and timeless rave inspired, bass music” into their brand. Featuring previous artists such as Neil Landstrumm, Al Tourettes, Throwing Snow, and Zoé Zoé, Sneaker Social Club’s latest promo, Moment Only Moment, features three tracks by Hackney based musician Ralph Cumbers a.k.a Bass Clef. Read more…