Author Archives: JB

Brian Eno ~ Film Music 1976 – 2020

Two scenes from an A&R office. Scene One. Interior, day: a record company office circa 1978. Enter Umm and Err, two record execs. Umm: So we’ve just heard, Brian wants us to release his next album, Music For Films. Err:

Brian Eno ~ Film Music 1976 – 2020

Two scenes from an A&R office. Scene One. Interior, day: a record company office circa 1978. Enter Umm and Err, two record execs. Umm: So we’ve just heard, Brian wants us to release his next album, Music For Films. Err:

Drew McDowall ~ Agalma

Although there is no way that Agalma could be described as a ‘pop’ album, it does share one element with many of the current songs on the charts. Even the most disinterested watcher of the hit parade, the hot 100,

Drew McDowall ~ Agalma

Although there is no way that Agalma could be described as a ‘pop’ album, it does share one element with many of the current songs on the charts. Even the most disinterested watcher of the hit parade, the hot 100,

Richard Skelton ~ These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound

For a while, we knew what to expect from Richard Skelton. But there was a definite shift away from the wide-screen drone work towards the gathering of folk song-inspired pieces on Border Ballads. That was an unexpected flowering of acoustic

Richard Skelton ~ These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound

For a while, we knew what to expect from Richard Skelton. But there was a definite shift away from the wide-screen drone work towards the gathering of folk song-inspired pieces on Border Ballads. That was an unexpected flowering of acoustic

Phew ~ Vertigo KO

If punk was like a comet, a sizeable object smashing all before it, then post-punk was the comet’s tail, in that it lasted longer, contained a variety of fresh and unusual elements and still intrigues observers. Indeed, if post-punk lacked

Phew ~ Vertigo KO

If punk was like a comet, a sizeable object smashing all before it, then post-punk was the comet’s tail, in that it lasted longer, contained a variety of fresh and unusual elements and still intrigues observers. Indeed, if post-punk lacked

Automatisme ~ Terrain Reduction

The humble bonus track has long been part of the record companies’ artillery when it comes to attracting the poor suckers who still buy their music. Whether it was popping an extra B-side into a double 7” single package, or

Automatisme ~ Terrain Reduction

The humble bonus track has long been part of the record companies’ artillery when it comes to attracting the poor suckers who still buy their music. Whether it was popping an extra B-side into a double 7” single package, or

Cut A Lonely Figure ~ Sugimoto Seascapes

The artist name predates the argot of self-isolation and social distancing that are the watchwords of 2020, but it’s a suitably apt choice given the number of people who found themselves alone, not always by choice, before Covid19 began to

Cut A Lonely Figure ~ Sugimoto Seascapes

The artist name predates the argot of self-isolation and social distancing that are the watchwords of 2020, but it’s a suitably apt choice given the number of people who found themselves alone, not always by choice, before Covid19 began to

Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ The Staggering Girl

Matt Schrader’s Score was a 2016 documentary that offered an array of insights from composers and stories behind some of the most interesting and best-known movie soundtracks of recent years, as well as providing an all-too-brief look at the history

Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ The Staggering Girl

Matt Schrader’s Score was a 2016 documentary that offered an array of insights from composers and stories behind some of the most interesting and best-known movie soundtracks of recent years, as well as providing an all-too-brief look at the history

Steve Spacek ~ Houses

Some album titles can be ambiguous or misleading, sometimes relying on an in-joke or a pun. This is not one of those occasions. There’s no sense of misdirection with the excellent Houses, as Steve Spacek draws on his love of

Steve Spacek ~ Houses

Some album titles can be ambiguous or misleading, sometimes relying on an in-joke or a pun. This is not one of those occasions. There’s no sense of misdirection with the excellent Houses, as Steve Spacek draws on his love of