Category ALBUM FOCUS

IMMUNOLOGY REPORT

Is a world of hardening national borders an expression of a global hardening of hearts? UK based multi-national group Vanishing Twin hope not, and on their 2019 album The Age of Immunology invite us to open our ears and minds to a vision of music sans frontières. Formed in Britain in 2015 around the talents […]

LAB REPORT

There are only so many times you can say g’day to a workplace acquaintance before you find yourself talking about music. This well known fact was supported by extensive laboratory research at the second-last university I worked for.  One morning, queuing at the best caffeine source on campus, I struck up a conversation with a […]

BRIGHT SKY BLUE

White Music Go 2 Drums and Wires Black Sea English Settlement Mummer What an amazing band XTC were. Few rock outfits have produced such an interesting and diverse catalogue of albums, nor shown the kind of growth and development the lads from Swindon demonstrated across fourteen albums between 1978 and 2000. From angular post-punk through […]

THE ROAD GOES EVER ON

Songs For Beginners Wild Tales Earth & Sky Innocent Eyes Songs For Survivors This Path Tonight Sipping black tea and staring at the pirouetting ghosts in a bush campfire are conducive to having a bit of a sing. I learned this when I participated in the Adventure Camping program of the Anglican Department of Christian […]

SATAN 🖤 PSYCHEDELIA

The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones No.2 Out Of Our Heads Aftermath Between The Buttons Their Satanic Majesties Request Derided by some at the time as a second-rate Sgt Pepper or a cynical (and late) cash in on so-called Summer of Love psychedelia, Their Satanic Majesties Request is, simply put, neither. Full of great uses […]

IN ORBIT AROUND THE SATELLITE HEART

Hear It Is Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips Telepathic Surgery In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) Hit To Death In The Future Head Transmissions From The Satellite Heart By the mid-90s Compact Discs were the only game in town for listening to music. Prices had dropped and the volume being sold meant […]

ECHOES

Piper At The Gates Of Dawn A Saucerful Of Secrets More Ummagumma (½ live–½ studio) Atom Heart Mother Meddle Meddle (1971) was the first Pink Floyd album I owned. Purchased second-hand from Bentleigh Sewing & Records, probably in late 1973 or early ’74, its centrepiece, the side-long “Echoes” mesmerised me as I sat in the […]