A.A. Williams: Songs from Isolation - review

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Bella Union release A.A. Williams's Songs From Isolation, an album of covers. The project started at the beginning of the UK’s nationwide lockdown in March 2020. Williams took songs suggested by fans and created a series of videos presenting the tracks with stripped-down instrumentation, recorded and filmed from her home in North London. The album represents a continuation of the project into a full collection of recordings and features cover versions of songs by The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Nick Cave, Gordon Lightfoot, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and more... [click here...]

 

Mono: Beyond the Past - Music review

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For two decades, Mono have honed their unique form of orchestral rock. Over the past 20 years they have produced 10 studio albums and entertained fans with their live concerts, which are typically more subdued in instrumentation – and more supercharged in volume and voltage. Pelagic Records release the band's new live album, Beyond the Past, recorded at the Barbican Centre in London on 14 December 2019... [click here...]

 

Sparks: Vol II - Classical Music Review

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Bows bend and sparks fly in this vibrant collection of pieces for string orchestra. Bound to please modernists and traditionalists alike, this eclectic collection contains pieces by Dave Dexter, William C. White, Simon Andrews, Rain Worthington, Allen Brings, John Carollo, John Franek, and Jeff Mangels. While the pool of inspiration might be diverse – ancient myths, dance, chaos, rites of passage, reflection and homesickness for a place which (may have) never existed – the pieces are united by their display of raw musical energy, an undercurrent of longing, as well as profundity in both technical and emotional terms... [click here...]

 

The Planets: Original Television Soundtrack

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The soundtrack to the five part TV series The Planets is released via Silva Screen Records. The show follows the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our solar system through five episodes: A Moment in the Sun - The Terrestrial Planets (Inner Worlds), The Two Sisters - Earth & Mars, The Godfather - Jupiter, Life Beyond the Sun - Saturn, Into the Darkness - Ice Worlds... [click here...]

 

Meerkat: Dynasties Special - Soundtrack review

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Benji Merrison and Will Slater's score for Meerkat: A Dynasties Special is released via Silva Screen Records. The special follows the young meerkat queen Maghogho and her family battling to survive in a hostile environment, during a drought. Joyous and heart-breaking, the programme was filmed in the searing heat of Makgadikgadi, a 6,000-squaremile wedge of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana in southern Africa... [click here...]

 

Rollon - Soundtrack review

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Maximilien Mathevon's score for the documentary film, Rollon, is being released by Plaza Mayor Company Ltd. In the 10th century, the Viking Rollon was banished from Norway. He travelled to France where he became the founder of Normandy... [click here...]

 

 

The Crossing: The Tower & the Garden - Music

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The Crossing perform works by three composers on The Tower and the Garden. The album explores the fragility of the earth, the awe of nature, and the power of language to unite, or divide, society... [click here...]

 

 

Remembering Joe Kane - Feature

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The Phantom of the Movies Has Left the Bijou.25 Years of Genre Thrall, Aesthetic Tabulations & Insider Interviews: Horror, Action, Asian, Cult, Animation, Indies, Exploitation: Author, Film Redactor, Entertainment Journalist, Publication Editor, Industry Historian... John Huff looks back at the career of the great Joe Kane... [click here...]

 

Three Tributes - Classical Music Review

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Three Tributes features three works by award-winning composers Kevin Puts, Andrea Clearfield and Gunther Schuller. The album was commissioned by Robert and James Freeman as a way of honouring their family’s musical legacy, which spans three generations... [click here...]

 

Gabriel: Studio Cast Recording - Music review

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With music and lyrics by Andrew Fisher and book by Andrew Fisher and Nick Stimson, this new two-act Christmas musical tells the Nativity story from the point of view of an ambitious angel Gabriel. Gabriel is given the job of relaying messages from Heaven to Earth as they arrive, and in this task sees his chance to earn his much longed for promotion to the status of archangel. But Gabriel has no idea of what is actually coming, and, indeed, has his own set of expectations about how God ought to do it... [click here...]