Made for Television

I don’t watch a huge amount of TV but I have noticed the quality of programmes improving in recent years. I think an important factor of the success of any TV series is of course the music. I can still sing all of the tunes from my favourite childhood  TV shows. I remember feeling sad…

Soundtrack: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I think it’s about time for another soundtrack review and this is one of my favourites, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of the famous gothic novel has become a cult classic. While the film might not be high on some people’s list, it became firmly lodged in my impressionable teenage heart and…

Why is Postrock a Dirty Word?

Got sent a link to this band’s site recently, they’re called Capillaries and they’re from Atlanta, GA. Their music is indeed instrumental and I wondered if I am allowed to call it post rock or has this become a dirty word? I think bands have always hated being labelled. I know it’s difficult to endure…

The Pay Off

You know those songs that are long and winding and take their time getting to the best part? I love those songs. There’s something about having to wait for that moment that makes it all the sweeter when it arrives. I first started thinking about this when I had Deerhunter’s Microcastle on high rotation. I…

Album Review: Fantomas The Director’s Cut

Fantômas is the name of a famous anti-hero created in 1911. Appearing in the French fiction series of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, Fantômas became an influential character in not only literary culture but also film, art, pop culture and of course music. Named after the super villain, Fantômas was formed in 1998 by Patton…

Profile: Peter Broderick

I’m sure Peter Broderick’s debut album Float will turn up on this blog some day. It is essential listening for any instrumental and neoclassical music lover. But today I’m not going to limit this man’s contribution to one album. He is a prolific maker of beautiful music and at only 25 yrs of age, looks set for a big career.

Review: Hibernate and Home Normal Christmas Show

In a recent review I wrote for German music website Tokafi, I was sent along to Hibernate And Home Normal‘s Christmas show at The Victoria in London’s super cool suburb of Dalton. The show included performers Wil Bolton, Ithaca Trio, Machinefabriek, Konntinent, Isnaj Dui, Talvihorros and The Boats. It was an amazing experience, read about…

Album Review: The Heliocentrics and Mulatu Astatke (2009)

The first time I’d heard of Mulatu Astatke was in Jim Jarmusch’s film Broken Flowers (2005). I became obsessed with a track from the film called Tezeta, by Astatke from the Afro-Latin Soul album. Known as the father of Ethiopian Jazz, Astatke’s music reflects his experience, born in Ethiopia, musically trained in the UK and…

Dirty Three

A change of pace from the recent look at piano and string based instrumental music, the Dirty Three are a three piece band from Melbourne, Australia. Made up of  Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (electric guitar) and Jim White (drums) this is a band that has, in one form or another, played with the likes…

Soundtrack: Scent of a Woman

I want to feature soundtracks that I feel are not only excellent, but also have contributed and influenced the larger body of film scores. I have chosen  Scent of Woman because this was one of Thomas Newman’s biggest films to score. He went on to score The Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty and many other…