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Interview: Babblin, Celebration.

…test full-length effort, Albumin; next, they return to London to play The Shacklewell Arms alongside Bella Union labelmates Landshapes, so here we are, stuck in the middle with an interview. Ford and I in fact conversed late on last month, midway through a “gorgeous” week back home in Baltimore. Summer, so Ford then informed, is her “favourite time of year – I’m just happy that it’s not winter”, but Albumin – an album bristling with real warmth –…So on & so forth…

Interview: Solar on the Rise, Tennis.

Prior to playing Hackney’s Oslo last month, it had been “two years almost” since Alaina Moore’s Tennis last washed up on these shores. “It’s been a really long time, but we needed it” she admits, visibly fresh-faced – her spindly, nigh on infantile figure now tattooed with spaceships that fall out from her sleeves and fly down her forearm. We begin, as so many reviews and career retrospectives have tended so to do, with Cape Dory – she and hubby…So on & so forth…

Interview: Let’s Grow, Gulp.

Every day, when I wake up, I thank the Lord I’m Welsh and rarely have I done so more frequently than of late although, to come absolutely clean, I in fact spoke with Guto Pryce of Gulp last winter. As the lengthening days have since strung themselves out to dry, becoming increasingly busy all the while, only now – with the release of he and (both musical and marital) partner Lindsey Leven’s début full-length, Season Sun due – do I find time to l…So on & so forth…

Interview: Hangin’ On, Sean Nicholas Savage.

It would take a far more psychoanalytical mind than mine to unravel the enigma that is Sean Nicholas Savage. However, even one as unimaginative as that which calls my cranium home will be able to readily appreciate the surreal, if rarely cerebral balladry that has become Savage’s stock-in-trade. His stock continues to rise with his every release, not least with his sublime Other Life of last year and the similarly impressive Bermuda Waterfall of…So on & so forth…

Interview: Walking Into The Wilderness, Gruff Rhys.

Chances are that if you’ve even a transitory interest* in the more independent end of the contemporary music spectrum, then you’ll be well aware of Gruff Rhys. And, in light of the fact that the sometime Super Furry Animal – itself an endangered species, lest we forget – commands enduring adulation among those that know and, by and large, love him, you’ll likely be cognisant of one John Evans also. An ostensibly distant relative of Gruff himself…So on & so forth…

Review: Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence.

From allusions to noxious addiction to impolitic, self-important soundbites (namely last week’s grammatically contemptible, “I wish I was dead already”, from Tim Jonze’s landmark Guardian interview), Lizzy Grant – alias Lana Del Rey, and this distinction has, debatably, never been of greater importance than it is now – seems hell-bent on courting controversy. Having been notoriously ignored, under different guises, for years, her yearning for in…So on & so forth…

Review: Field Day 2014.

Needless to say, it’s no longer entirely necessary to pilgrimage – lukewarming crate of cider cradled in arms; sweat dribbling your back, as it malodorously fills the ravine made by your ailing spine; impossibly enormous rucksack attached to your back – to what can, at times, feel the ends of the Earth in order to access, and perhaps even enjoy the so-called ‘festival experience’. And Field Day, now in its eighth year, is just about the most con…So on & so forth…

Review: Merchandise, After The End.

From the very moment that Floridian (then-)three-piece Merchandise first began to make waves on this side of the pond, it became apparent that we were dealing with a good band. However, with After The End – their first full-length effort to have been released in cahoots with seminal UK indie label, 4AD – it would appear we’re contending with what is an incontrovertibly very good, if not a great one. ‘The project’ may be ‘equal parts punk misanth…So on & so forth…

Run The Jewels, Blockbuster Night Pt. 1.

“Last album voodoo proved that we was fuckin’ brutal/ I’m talkin’ crazy – half past, the clock is cuckoo” spits Killer Mike as he and El-P combine once more for Blockbuster Night Pt. 1. A first to emerge from Run The Jewels’ forthcoming sophomore full-length, Run The Jewels 2, the follow-up to the universally lauded, and self-titled début of yesteryear looks set to see the particularly truculent pair pick up right where they left off last time,…So on & so forth…

Baxter Dury, Palm Trees.

“There’s a shopping centre where your heart belongs” begins Palm Trees – the latest single, and a second to come from Baxter Dury’s forthcoming album, It’s a Pleasure – as the indefatigably cheeky chappy gets on with another quintessentially British lament. This time around, he’s sounding brave-faced, if not burnt, as he repeatedly poses in rhetorical, sardonic tone: “Does she think she’s special?/ Very, very special.” The morose, lonesome minor…So on & so forth…