Beyond listening

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you love music, and that you use it to help, heal, transcend and enhance aspects of your life. Whether it’s to numb and nullify, to empower, enrage or simply to accompany your walk to work, music has the power to affect mood. For many, music acts as…

Doom and Gore

This post started out as a profile on Sunn O))) – Stephen O’Malley, Greg Anderson and sometimes Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar. They play doom metal and picked up where Earth left off during their hiatus in the nineties. The unusual name comes from the logo of the Sunn brand of bass amplifiers that were designed…

Soundtrack: The Long Goodbye

I watched a film over the weekend called The Long Goodbye. It was a chance pick on a quiet Friday night; the fact that it was a Robert Altman film was the main reason I gave it a chance. It turned out to be an unexpectedly amazing flick. I can’t stop thinking about it and…

Giorgio Moroder

While Giorgio Moroder might not be a household name, his music certainly is. His discography boasts an impressive list of offerings to both the mainstream and underground music scenes. I know of Moroder because he wrote the score to a film I love, Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983). The film is famous for Al Pacino’s…

Prosodi J – Ichi (One)

Always keen to support people who put it out there, I thought I’d share an album sent in by Prosodi J (clever play on prosody & DJ?) called Ichi (One). Listen here to find out what happens when a British born composer creates music in California with a Japanese flavour. Prosodi J describes what he…

Nature Boy

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I just wanted share a song that I love. It’s the old jazz standard Nature Boy, by a pianist called Roger Williams. I first heard this version watching a movie called Untamed Heart (an old Christian Slater classic) back in the days before the internet. As the years…

Earth and Mt Eerie

I met with Phil Elverum from Mt Eerie on Sunday night, he’s doing a tour and was playing the Union Chapel in London. I interviewed him for the guys at TOKAFI. While I waited for him to arrive I chatted with some guys from the headlining band, Earth, namely Dylan Carlson and for this tour,…

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…

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.