John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 7, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

  ATLAS (https://caseygolden.bandcamp.com/) 7/10 I like the way Casey Golden’s mind works. He likes to disguise cleverness or surprise with veneers of logic or just plain beauty. You’re never thinking to yourself, “Now he’s being experimental”, or “Now he’s being lyrical”: it’s all the same river; it’s just that the…

March 3, 2019 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Foundry 616, February 22 8/10 Mary Coughlan is still casting her earthy, Irish spells, as she has been doing for 35 years. The chief ingredient in her incantations is hardly unique: emotional truth should be a basic building-block of all singing and all art. Setting Coughlan’s espousal of this candour…

March 2, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

BRODLOS (Hubro) 9/10 It could be the soundtrack to a film, but it’s not. If that film existed it would juxtapose shots of blasting sun with extreme close-ups of squinting eyes. It would convey an impression of time being suspended, while cuts to a clock show time is, in fact,…