John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

July 12, 2021 / Album Reviews

EARLY RISERS (Lionsharecords) 7/10 Occasionally you visit someone’s place for the first time and feel instantly at home. Whether it’s the colours and shapes or the books and lights, you are at ease and pleased to be there. This music is like that. It arrives with a geniality that makes…

July 9, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Mary’s Underground, June 19 8.5/10 The more ambitious the project, the more Chris Cody rises in stature. Following hard on the heels of his Astrolabe suite (a musical account of the navigator La Perouse), Cody has now viewed the last 18 months through a prism of how we respond to…

July 8, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Blue Mountains Theatre, June 13 6/10 This was a curious aesthetic choice. Where Ed Kuepper has often disguised his voice’s relatively narrow range by colouring it in different instrumental ways, here the default context was loud. As in LOUD. The extreme volume from his distortion-tortured electric guitar smothered his singing…