From The East Neuk With Love… A King Creosote Play-list

Words about music… I was talking to a friend in Mexico City about important records when the subject of King Creosote arose. And because neither the Scottish folk tradition nor any gleeful subversion of those musical conventions are massive in Mexico, at least yet, we discussed suitable points to begin, should familiarising yourself with the … Continue reading From The East Neuk With Love… A King Creosote Play-list

Twitter’s Favourite Albums of 2014: The Results.

    The votes are all in. A big slice of gratitude for taking part; 182 albums championed by not far off a hundred of you discerning types – eclecticism married to some fascinating selections; if there’s anything worthwhile to soliciting votes, then laboriously plotting on a spreadsheet like some Eurovision Song Contest without the … Continue reading Twitter’s Favourite Albums of 2014: The Results.

Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

I often find writing about music to be a strange and fussy preoccupation. The swash of subjectivity, refracted through blasé attempts to underline the mechanics of attraction. And should you subscribe to any notion that the records we listen to help to define us as people, disentangling the particulars of sound from this listener-gripped detail … Continue reading Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

Soundtrack to 2012: The History Of Colour TV

Certain things slot together so convincingly it’s enough to suspect predestination. The dulcet tones of another lost Saturday. Cadences of synth chords last heard of The Cure’s Disintegration album. Fat and greasy globules of rain striking the pavement at obtuse angles, washing away the sins of this fair city. Layers of chiselled reverb, planted at … Continue reading Soundtrack to 2012: The History Of Colour TV

FuckedUpFestiveFifty #32: King Creosote

#32: King Creosote – Marguerita Red (2005) Certain records are defined by elegance inherent. Something about the particulars of assemblage – the application of lyric, vocal, instrumentation; the exploitation of timbre, tone, production – it elevates the song, delineates the poise that lines this space between musician and listener. One result is that commentary becomes … Continue reading FuckedUpFestiveFifty #32: King Creosote

Self-Regarding Planetoid Of The Year (plus Robert Wyatt)

Alexis Petridis in the Guardian: “As with last year, there’s a sense that the Mercury prize is out to avoid controversy by sticking with the tried and tested: proven commercial or critical successes… the cumulative effect of the list is to somehow make current music look less interesting than it actually is.” Me not agree… … Continue reading Self-Regarding Planetoid Of The Year (plus Robert Wyatt)