#718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

This is a short and bittersweet album. It’s deep and crisp and even, with brittle haunting melodies and a delicate atmospheric soundtrack to a bygone way of life, that of the traditional Scottish coastal village. It was a Mercury Music Prize nominee in 2011 and the album featured in many best of the year lists. … Continue reading #718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine


#1469 Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright

This is Martha’s debut record, and arguably still her best, at least in terms of the emotional power of her songs. Younger sister to Rufus, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, they all must have been hard acts to follow being the youngest in such a musical dynasty. Although closer to the guitar-led … Continue reading #1469 Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright

#1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

Emiliana Torrini is an interesting creature. An Icelander with Italian heritage, her first album Love in the Time of Science, was Bjork-like in its electronic trip-hop beats and bleeps. This, her second from 2005, is almost the polar opposite and is purely acoustic. Acoustic, gentle and minimalistic, not unlike Nick Drake’s delicate masterpiece, Pink Moon. … Continue reading #1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

#620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

This record was a present from a good friend, the same friend who bought me the Jacco Gardner LP that turned up early on the randometer, and Barbarella. How fortunate I am to have generous friends with such an excellent taste in music. This is a truly wonderful record. I’ve not listened to it for … Continue reading #620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)