Natacha Atlas – Strange Days

I heard a live preview of Natacha Atlas’s album STRANGE DAYS at an intimate gig in Blackheath earlier this summer. It was an extraordinary experience, hypnotic, transporting, musically accomplished, and unsettling too – a perfect metaphor for the times we live in. The album is out now, and its title – STRANGE DAYS – perfectly […]

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Don’t Bother Calling

A lament? A song of victory? A passionate plea? It’s probably a mix of all these and more – and it is enigmatic and remarkable.    Moses Sumney: Don’t Bother Calling … and yes, those are his high notes.

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Elizabeth Fraser: Voice & Magic

For me, few voices are as magical as Elizabeth Fraser’s.   The former Cocteau Twins vocalist has also worked with Massive Attack, Future Sound of London, Craig Armstrong and others.   In each collaboration the curiously liminal quality of her vocals add a sense of mystery; of belonging and immersion, yet also of separation and something otherworldly, […]

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Storm: Tim Minchin

A great animation but also a wonderful diatribe against know-it-all dinner party guests.   Tim Minchin is the writer and performer.  This brings to mind some of those wonderful jazz poets Giles Peterson used to play, top dressed with the acid satire of Tom Lehrer.

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