Review: Sóley – Endless Summer

Releasing her third album, Icelander, Sóley has consistently held a melancholic sound with utterances of hope, much like an Icelandic summer. Endless Summer is out today, eight short little tracks of both entrancing yet unsettling piano playing offset by her dulcet vocals and complimented by tiny orchestra arrangements. Decadent and haunting, this new release should keep her fans satisfied and see her in good stead with much of the critics.

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Darren Hayman: I had to visit all 54 villages and write a song in each one

English songwriter and former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman continues his journey around the UK’s fifty-four Thankful Villages with the release of Volume 2 out on 26th May. A Thankful Village is a village where every soldier returned alive from World War One, and Hayman has taken it upon himself, with funding from Arts Council England, to celebrate British rural life by pulling together first person interviews, folk tales and songs, field recordings and his own personal experiences to piece together community, history and legend.

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Review: Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox is the most recent of Dahl’s stunning back catalogue of work to hit the stage, and despite the doctoring; it is ostensibly a loyal re-working of the book, albeit tainted by the talented work of Wes Anderson and his artistic take. Laden with musical numbers somewhat reminiscent of Flight of the Conchords, this vivid, enjoyable adaptation also reinforces a little of the political messages lingering in the air at present, as Richard Atwill as Farmer Bean complains about the fox taking from their patch, much appeal for both adults and children alike.

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Review: Mrs Mole, I’m Home! by Jarvis

Following on from Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, is the new picture book from, the “new darling of the picture book world,” Jarvis. Mrs Mole, I’m Home is a funny tale of a mole that struggles to find his spectacles, and consequently, his family, and warms any reader with the comic timing, the warmth that comes from locating family and a tale that rejoices in the notion that home can always be found.

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Review: Flight by Stuart Macpherson

Inspired by the annual migration of barnacle geese from Norway’s Svalbard Islands to Caerlaverock in southern Scotland, Flight was a beautifully atmospheric and moving soundscape, set within the cloisters of the University of Glasgow. By means of multiple recorded sound sources whilst also featuring musicians Greg Lawson (GRIT) on violin and Su-a Lee (Scottish Chamber Orchestra) on cello, interwoven with field recordings of the geese, Stuart Macpherson has created a loose piece to meander with, mimicking the movement of birds soaring through a series of interesting spaces campus wide.

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