Category: Album Reviews

November 26, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE BUTTERFLY (In a Circle) 9.5/10 The greatest musicians and singers in any idiom share three qualities: beauty of sound, compelling phrasing and emotional truth. That the Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is so blessed has been quietly evident for decades, whether in his duo with guitarist Dennis Cahill or in…

November 12, 2019 / Album Reviews

BETRAYAL OF THE SACRED SUNFLOWER (JT/Planet) 9.5/10 If moonlight made a sound, this might be it. But it would be the sound of a shy moon: one who opts to cloak herself in clouds, rather than wander baldly naked through the skies; whose muted light is dappled by still trees;…

November 5, 2019 / Album Reviews

THE DARK PATTERN (Earshift) 9/10 Virtually all art is built on conventions. Only the brave or foolish strip them away, because of the danger only a vacuum will remain. On this deeply mysterious double-album Phil Slater applies some of the language of jazz, while often inverting accepted customs of groove,…