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Review: Olympia – Flamingo Rating 82%

Review: Olympia – Flamingo

Olympia is back yet again with a varied, slick and intelligent album, Flamingo. After her much talked about debut, Self Talk, which was nominated for the Australian Music Prize, Olivia Bartley (Olympia) has delivered again, this time with the help of Burke Reid, who has previously worked with Courtney Barnett. Out on Opposite Number Records, Flamingo is a collection of eleven differing tracks being held together by the thread of Olivia’s belting vocals. Often reminiscent of the likes of Anna Calvi, St Vincent, or looking further back, Debbie Harry. There is much to relish within this new 12″.

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Review: Tycho – Weather Rating 60%

Review: Tycho – Weather

Tycho’s dream-pop project feels like a first kiss in many ways. The concept is intriguing, the immediate reaction is excitement but you quickly realise there is work to be done. Weather is the fifth studio release from Scott Hansen, better known as Tycho. While it largely moves within the same downtempo light electronic sphere of his 2016 Grammy-nominated album Epoch, Hansen is moving further from soundscapes and into pop music. This move can largely be attributed to one major decision: the introduction of a prominent vocal for the first time in Tycho’s extensive discography.

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Review: The Queen’s Hall 40th Anniversary Concert Rating 71%

Review: The Queen’s Hall 40th Anniversary Concert

As part of their 40th Anniversary programme, Queens Hall curated a classical evening of entertainment from Scottish pianist, Steven Osborne and world-renowned cellist, Alban Gerhardt, as they performed work from the likes of Brahms, Debussy and Ravel. On the 6th June, 1979, HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the venue and to commemorate they brought these two talented artists together to remind the audience about the vision the Queen’s Hall has always held.

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Review: Armstrong Rating 75%

Review: Armstrong

Sat down with my boyfriend, I put on a space documentary, the first I had watched in a while. A little background about me; my space knowledge is next to nothing, and my boyfriend’s more than average. I was looking forward to learning at least a little bit more about the first man on the moon, so when it came to talking about it with him I could give more than the occasional ‘hmm’ and ‘ahh yes’.

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Review: Midsommar Rating 90%

Review: Midsommar

Hell doesn’t so much break loose as steadily ooze out through flowers and bright sunlight in Ari Aster’s second feature Midsommar, a mesmerising tale steeped in intricate symbolism that the director insists is more of a break-up story than a horror film.

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Review: The Lost Ones by Anita Frank Rating 80%

Review: The Lost Ones by Anita Frank

Leo Tolstoy writes in the opening of Anna Karenina that ‘every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ And Anita Frank takes that sentiment to a whole new level of writing. Frank’s novel The Lost Ones offers its readers ghosts, murder, drama and a lot of dirty secrets whilst portraying family tragedies and their consequences.

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Review: Them! Rating 90%

Review: Them!

The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Them! takes our predefined ideas around the safe setting of the chat show, the light chitchat and middle ground patter designed to never challenge anything at the risk of offence as a perfect setting for subversion. You may think the concept of a chat show where the guests are the main players from a Scottish musical remake of 1954 Sci-Fi horror classic Them! – in which giant ants wreak havoc on post-war Los Angeles- may be a tough sell to those seeking an exploration of the human condition, but bear with me.

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Review: Sketches of Spain Rating 85%

Review: Sketches of Spain

As one of the highlights of the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Spanish theme, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra presented a special one-off performance of Miles Davis’s moody and magnificent orchestral masterpiece, Sketches Of Spain, at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, with special guest, award-winning trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd, taking centre stage in the Miles Davis role. Released in 1960, the iconic Sketches Of Spain album is one of the finest examples of Miles Davis’s collaborations with arranger and composer Gil Evans and derives from the pair’s deep interest in Spanish classical and folk music.

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Review: Tesis, EIFF 2019 Rating 85%

Review: Tesis, EIFF 2019

Alejandro Amenábar’s feature debut Tesis (Thesis) is one of a number of films made at the tail end of the last millennium exploring our relationship with, and the effects of, on-screen violence (Funny Games, Existenz, I Stand Alone, etc). However, after international box office success, multiple awards and a limited VHS release on Tartan video, the film disappeared from circulation – and was never given a DVD release in the UK. In my mind it took on the stature of one of those video nasties that the narrative revolves around – a tantalising item that I desperately wanted to see, but could never get hold of. So this screening was an extremely exciting addition to the ‘Once Upon A Time In Spain’ strand at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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