#499 Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

I’ve had to make the difficult decision to drastically reduce my reviews on this blog for the foreseeable future, hopefully I’ll be able to reinstate them at some point. Most likely I won’t be able to resist and will post a review every now and again. Randomly of course. So I’ll keep choosing via random.org … Continue reading #499 Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

#986 Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

I have to quote the first sentence of Allmusic.com’s review of this album, because it’s hilarious in its hyperbole:  “Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single unique piece.” I see where they’re coming from, for ‘pop music’ at the time (1973) it wasn’t what … Continue reading #986 Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

#616 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui U.X.O.

I’ve been a fan of Godspeed You! Black Emperor for twenty years now, ever since I heard their second album Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven in 2000. This is the follow up, described by the band at the time as “just raw, angry, dissonant, epic instrumental rock” which is a pretty apt description … Continue reading #616 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui U.X.O.

#1519 Various Artists – Touch 25

Back in the days of illegal music file sharing, BitTorrent, Napster and the like, and before Spotify, Tidal and all the rest, one relied upon alternative radio and press to find out about new music. 2006 still felt like relative internet infancy: YouTube and Google Maps had only launched the previous year, Twitter (or Twttr) … Continue reading #1519 Various Artists – Touch 25

#452 Brian Eno – Another Day on Earth

This is Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno’s first solo recording featuring his vocal and what you might consider to be ‘songs’ as opposed to fluffy white clouds of ambient experimentation since Another Green World. There’s 30 years between them but there’s more than just a coincidental symmetry in the … Continue reading #452 Brian Eno – Another Day on Earth

#84 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music

This is a good if far from definitive primer of the Beeb’s electronic soundsmiths beeps and blips at the coalface of electronic music. In the UK at least. It is a 2002 CD release and remastered version of the original 1968 album. As Desmond Briscoe (one of the co-founders, along with Daphne Oram, whose work … Continue reading #84 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music

#448 Brian Eno – Another Green World

Now undisputedly one of the most famous baldies in pop, this classic album dates back to when he had hair. Quite a lot of it in those post-glam rock days. This is Eno’s third album, just before he ‘invented ambient music’ (spoiler: he didn’t really) and one that was self-consciously experimental. As with his previous … Continue reading #448 Brian Eno – Another Green World

#717 Basil Kirchin – Mind on the Run, A Basil Kirchin Sampler

Basil Kirchin is a unique and fascinating soul. I confess I had never heard of him until I received this free sampler from Trunk Records because I’d ordered several other CDs from Jonny Trunk’s emporium of the weird and wonderful world of sound. This sampler was produced by Trunk as part of Hull’s City of … Continue reading #717 Basil Kirchin – Mind on the Run, A Basil Kirchin Sampler

#165 Stefano Bollani Trio – Stone In The Water

I’ve written a little about Bollani already and, in particular, my wife’s infatuation with him. Purely on the basis of his musical genius of course. This is technically her album, one that I bought her as a present when browsing in the much-missed Concerto record shop in Amsterdam. It’s the only other Bollani record we … Continue reading #165 Stefano Bollani Trio – Stone In The Water