Music Reviews

Matchbox Twenty - More Than You Think You Are

US rockers' 'difficult third album'

Horsepower Productions - In Fine Style

Compilation of 12-inchers by London producers

Scout Niblett - I Conjure Series

Unorthodox mini-album from singer-songwriter

Manorexia - The Radiolarian Ooze

Second Manorexia outing from JG Thirlwell, aka Foetus, available exclusively from www.foetus.org

Great Western

Fourth LP from purveyors of Hispanic-Americana

This Month In Americana

First UK releases for currently hot band

Papa Garcia - Bring Me The Head Of Papa Garcia

Auspicious, genre-defying debut from London-based polymath and sometime Telefunken/Hefner...

Joy Zipper - American Whip

Second album from Italian-American enigmas, produced by Kevin Shields

Songdog - Haiku

Second album of bruised brilliance from London-via-South Wales trio

Mira Calix - Susanne Brokesch

Uplifting and elegiac organic electronica

Melys - Casting Pearls

Welsh Peel favourites make slight return

Jackie Leven - Shining Brother, Shining Sister

Scottish cult hero's first since 2001's Creatures Of Light And Darkness

Andmoreagain...

Legendary creator of arguably the finest psychedelic album ever recorded makes a passionate return

Wayne's World

All dressed up and somewhere to go—Oklahoma visionaries in resplendent spectacle

The Mendoza Line - The Borderline, London

US indie quintet calm the country and blast the rock

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Earl Scruggs - Classic Bluegrass Live

Cleveland County bluegrass legend and Foggy Mountain Boy wows Newport festival crowd, 1959-66

Various Artists - Fabric Live 7—John Peel

Ace addition to budget soundclash series

Tractor

30th-anniversary reissue for Julian Cope-inspiring prog classic

Artie Shaw - Self Portrait

Five-CD anthology from swing-era rebel

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The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Weird serendipities aplenty this week: versions of "O, Death" on two albums I downloaded one after another, by Mike & Cara Gangloff and Bessie Jones; dovetailing into Sea Island overlap between Jones and Loscil. It makes for a nice blurring between time and genre with, say, the Gangloffs...