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Review: Amy Duncan – The Hidden World Rating 88%

Review: Amy Duncan – The Hidden World

Over the course of her previous six albums, Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Amy Duncan has blossomed into one of Scottish contemporary music’s most singular talents. For her seventh album, The Hidden World, Duncan took over the production reins and played all the instruments herself, except for percussion and tablas (both played by Guy Nicholson). The new album has all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from an Amy Duncan record…direct, personal song-writing; intimate, heartfelt vocals; and crystalline, multi-layered soundscapes.

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Review: Ohmme – Fantasize Your Ghost Rating 88%

Review: Ohmme – Fantasize Your Ghost

Ohmme, the Chicago-based band of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, have released their new album, Fantasize Your Ghost, on June 5th via Joyful Noise Recordings. A gritty rock band that has followed their 2018 LP Parts with a strong album, Ohmme is a fabulous new introduction of a band that nods towards the likes of Karen O, Cate Le Bon, and even Siouxsie Soux, as we get a sense of no-s**t-taking, unapologetic musicians that are willing to push boundaries.

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Review: Owen Pallett – Island Rating 73%

Review: Owen Pallett – Island

Island, the latest album from Oscar-nominated composer and songwriter Owen Pallett, is out via Domino / Secret City Records (Canada). A varied yet often sombre record, Island is a sheer pleasure to listen to with it being virtually impossible to walk away from with a lack of regard for the composer.

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Review: Ultraísta – Sister Rating 78%

Review: Ultraísta – Sister

Ultraísta, considered a supergroup by some, with vocalist/producer Laura Bettinson (FEMME/lau.ra), multi-instrumentalist/producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) and drummer/producer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms for Peace) have released new LP, Sister via Partisan Recrods. As anticipated with any project Godrich works on, there is much richness in this record, with many layers and ambience that washes with high production values. Sister is the group’s first album of new music in nearly eight years.

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Review: In the Shadow it Waits Rating 66%

Review: In the Shadow it Waits

Award-winning director Michael Beets premiered his live horror film experience on 4th June, In the Shadow it Waits, using the tech at most of our fingertips right now. With a Blair Witch feel using lockdown as the premise in Australia, the film is performed live and edited in real-time with actors performing from their own homes in different states across Australia. Uniquely, the audience is witnessing a film being made as they’re watching it. However, this does come with some drawbacks.

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Review: Cocoon by Russell Jones Rating 77%

Review: Cocoon by Russell Jones

Once again, it’s great to see poetry publisher, Tapsalteerie, taking risks and willing to support more experimental forms of poetry with this new full-length collection of poetry by Edinburgh-based writer & editor Russell Jones. Featuring comic poems illustrated by Sara Julia Campbell, Caroline Grebbell, Aimee Lockwood, Edward Ross & Mark Toner, as well as concrete and more conventional poetry, Cocoon is a refreshing breathe away from the standard poetry collection.

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Review: The Grump Rating 84%

Review: The Grump

The good old days, when a man and wife had clearly defined roles and all you needed to be happy was an Escort. That’s where The Grump lives, when men were men and the idea of duty was something someone took up rather than questioned. It was the responsibility of his generation to repopulate and rebuild the country after World War II, he says.

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