Archive for March, 2016

I Miss Jeremy Beadle

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2016 by dc

JB

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Pop Facts – Ed Sheeran

Posted in Art, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2016 by dc

Ed

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The Magnetic North – The Prospect Of Skelmersdale – new album review

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2016 by dc

The Magnetic North

I don’t write many album reviews as a rule. Firstly, everyone’s at it. Secondly, I’m a total amateur. Thirdly, this blog tends to be more about sharing bits of art, new music videos and daft bits and bobs I spot online. But every once in awhile an album will come out, slightly under the radar, jam-packed with great ideas and cracking tunes, and I have no other choice than to write about it and share my thoughts.

The Prospect Of Skelmersdale by The Magnetic North (who describe themselves as ‘an occasional musical partnership‘ as opposed to a band or ‘side project’) is one such album. There’s been no huge fanfair and I only found out about the band/partnership after a late night YouTube recommendation sent me the way of their new LP’s excellent first single, A Death In The Woods.

The Magnetic North‘s three members are Erland Cooper, Simon Tong & Hannah Peel, and The Prospect Of Skelmersdale is an album inspired by Ex-Verve member, Tong‘s childhood, the town’s urban landscape, the lives of its inhabitants and literary works such as Ken Loach’s Kes and Ted Hughes’ 1979 poetry collection, Remains of Elmet. It’s pitched as a project sat somewhere between, “finely tuned kitchen sink drama and urban psychogeography“, and shines a light on the town’s history, how it was designated as a “new town” in 1961 and it’s status in the early ’80s as the official UK home of the Transcendental Meditation movement.

The Prospect Of Skelmersdale is a must listen for fans of acts like Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Andrew Bird, Kings Of Convenience and Iron & Wine. The whole album is awash with beautiful melodies, swelling orchestrations and a warmth and charm that draws you in and makes you fall in love with it.

It’s a proper album too. It’s got a concept, stories to tell, ideas to share, and the songs undoubtedly work best when listened to as a whole.

The album is peppered with archive snippets of news stories and “dim lit memories” that gel things together and help tell a fascinating story. It’s easy to see the album as a set of chapters or tales, all centred around Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Some of the songs are bathed in optimism and hope, others are soaked in melancholy, doubt and sadness and the contrasting elements sit perfectly alongside each other. The craftsmanship and musical chops on show are inescapable too.

There’s a magic at play in The Prospect Of Skelmersdale that’s hypnotic and beguiling. I can’t recommend it enough. It deserves a wide audience and is an album I know a lot of my muso mates are going to enjoy listening to.

You can download a copy of The Prospect Of Skelmersdale here for £7

The Magnetic North have a London show coming up on the 14th April at The Forge in Camden Town. Details and tickets are available here.

Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit (Feat. Azekel) – new video

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2016 by dc

Loving Vincent – new trailer

Posted in Animation, Film, Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2016 by dc

Here’s the beautiful trailer for upcoming film, Loving Vincent by Breakthru Films.

Loving Vincent is the first fully painted feature film in the world containing a mindboggling 12 oil paintings per second, all done by over 100 painters trained in the same style. It’s directed by Polish painter and director Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (Oscar winner – Peter and the Wolf).

The aim is to release the film this year but info on the project seems fairly limited. One thing’s for sure, it’s a gorgeous looking trailer…

Unearthed – Los Albas cover Love’s ‘Alone Again Or’ in 1975

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2016 by dc

Sometimes you discover things on the internet that are both horrible and wonderful at the same time. Get your minds out the gutter and try to recall some of the delightfully odd musical things you’ve stumbled across over the years. For instance, I’ll never forget the first time I watched some Mongolian throat singing.

Los Albas

Anyway, tonight whilst having a listen to some psychedelic stuff on Youtube and finding myself revisiting lots of brilliant tunes by Arthur Lee and Love, I came across a Spanish cover of Alone Again Or from Forever Changes. The cover is by Los Albas, a group formed in Barcelona by Grenadian migrants in the late 60’s and it’s from their 1975 album, No Te Bañes En El Río (which roughly translates as ‘Do Not Bathe In The River‘). It’s sort of 30% loungecore, 20% Quentin Tarantino mixtape discovery, 35% Euro cheese and 15% hippy. It’s horrible and wonderful in equal measure, although I do warn you it may give you a hankering for tapas and send you insane if you listen to it more than three times in a row. My favourite bit is the synth solo around the 1.50 mark…