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Oct
11
2017

Hollis Taylor album

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ABSOLUTE BIRD (ReR MEGACORP) 9/10 Hollis Taylor is a full-blown obsessive of the best type: a musician, composer, musicologist and ornithologist who is able to revel in the aesthetics of birdsong and analyse its patterns, methodologies and motivations. Absolute Bird arrives concurrently with her enthralling book, Is Birdsong Music? (Indiana Press), the protagonist of both […]

Oct
9
2017

Jeremy Rose album

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WITHIN & WITHOUT (Earshift) 7/10 Jeremy Rose isn’t going to die wondering what might have happened had he more thoroughly documented his work. After last year’s epic Iron in the Blood came a supple, slinky collaboration between the Vampires (a band he co-leads) and guitarist Lionel Loueke, and now we have this quintet offering with […]

Oct
2
2017

Richard Thompson album

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ACOUSTIC CLASSICS II (Beeswing/Planet) 8.5/10 This is Richard Thompson in the raw. No distractions, interaction or grooves. Three years after the first Acoustic Classics comes this second volume of songs stripped back to the stings and caresses of his acoustic guitar and a voice that can variously sound as if it is crying for help […]

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