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Review: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden Rating 91%

Review: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

With On A Sunbeam (named after a Belle & Sebastian song), Walden has created an expansively imaginative universe with the "wow" level of a Hayao Miyazaki film, using it to frame a thoughtful and nuanced tale of romance, companionship and coming of age. It's the sort of book which feels a little difficult to write about without spoiling any of the gradually unfolding wonder for any would-be reader. We discover this universe page by page, along with the protagonists, and it's never less than a joy. At over five hundred pages, it's a densely-packed book that allows for an indulgently slow read, but also has the page-turning pace of a good mystery - the sort of book where you'll want to keep reading it straight through, but will also be reluctant to finish too soon.

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Shred Kelly: The songs typically start on the folk side of things and build to a frenzy

Canadian folk-rock four-piece Shred Kelly will release their most ambitious project yet in their fourth album, Archipelago, today. The collaborative song-writing and influences of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert and Ty West has resulted in a compilation of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs to make Archipelago. The band spoke with The Fountain about what we can expect from this record as well as their favourite gig to date.

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Review: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden Rating 91%

Review: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

With On A Sunbeam (named after a Belle & Sebastian song), Walden has created an expansively imaginative universe with the "wow" level of a Hayao Miyazaki film, using it to frame a thoughtful and nuanced tale of romance, companionship and coming of age. It's the sort of book which feels a little difficult to write about without spoiling any of the gradually unfolding wonder for any would-be reader. We discover this universe page by page, along with the protagonists, and it's never less than a joy. At over five hundred pages, it's a densely-packed book that allows for an indulgently slow read, but also has the page-turning pace of a good mystery - the sort of book where you'll want to keep reading it straight through, but will also be reluctant to finish too soon.

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Review: John Carpenter Rating 100%

Review: John Carpenter

There really isn’t much more to be said about John Carpenter. You either know who he is and have seen his films or your life is not as good as it could be. He is the Master of Horror responsible for making some of the classics throughout the seventies and eighties that influenced the whole industry. On a more personal level I’d count three of his films in my top ten of all time: Halloween, Escape From New York and The Thing so if you’re looking for an objective review of his live show you won’t get one here - this tour is 100% fan service that delivers at every level.

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Review: Mandy Rating 75%

Review: Mandy

As I sat down to watch Mandy I wondered when the last time there’s been a Nicolas Cage film shown on the big screen. So much of his recent output had been direct to streaming sites and, mostly dreadful, that it never even made the silver screen. That said, I’m sure there are plenty of you who consider much of his work awful even when he was in his golden period.

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