Review: Of Time and the Sea

Technically masterful but narratively opaque, Australian director Peter Sant’s Maltese-language debut feature Of Time and the Sea (Ba?ar ?mien) is steeped in enigma so thick you can’t see through until the end. Part post-apocalyptic fable, part avantgarde rumination on existential themes, Sant’s struggle to create a meaningful message is both hypnotic and rambling.

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Review: Luke Fowler – My Gourd Instruments, Sonica 2019

Glasgow-based artist Luke Fowler brings his unusual one-off musical performance My Gourd Instruments to the Hamilton Mausoleum as part of this year’s Sonica festival. Known to produce one of the world’s longest echoes, the venue proves an apt stage for Fowler’s deep listening production featuring 8 differently sized gourds he brought over from the US – but instead of using them as quaint autumnal decoration à la Marks & Spencer, he takes inspiration from African musical traditions and turns them into instruments.

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Review: The Unthanks

In many aspects, The Unthanks are the best band the Brontë Society could have chosen to give voice to Emily Brontë’s little-known poems. To celebrate the moor-wandering Yorkshire author’s 200th birthday, lead singers and sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, together with their producer and pianist Adrian McNally, were invited to use Emily’s original piano in her home in Haworth and record ten songs that shed new light on the Victorian writer’s work. With ten LPs steeped in predominantly North-East English lore, the band rise to their task with the goose bumps-inducing vocals and dark piano arrangements all fans love – although as their performance in Edinburgh’s The Queen’s Hall shows, it’s a hell of a task.

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