Eddie Berman & the Iron Rails are fantastic. Berman supported Laura Marling for her Secret Cinema dates and after seeing him live I just had to get the album, This Past Storm, which was thankfully being sold at the merchandise stand. And on it I discovered Much at All.
A lot of the tracks on the album are charming, probably because of the stripped back quality of his music, but this one stands out especially. The simple and unassuming start is nice to the ears. When he starts singing it’s still simple but with the bonus of good lyrics.
Owls of the Swamp is the project of Australian Pete Uhlenbruch and is wonderfully charming and folksie. Latest single The Hypnotist was recently chosen as a Musical Nourishment Song of the Day and remains a favourite track. One of the best things about Owls of the Swamp is that not only is Uhlenbruch a creator of brilliant music but he is a fan of it too. (more…)
The Water by Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling is hauntingly beautiful and wonderfully simple. It’s a proper duet with two great musicians and lyrics that paint a detailed picture. Their timing is great and the steady guitar that forms the foundation of the song feels like a third voice in the track. Their voices are wonderful together and, in short, I love this song.
Viv Albertine, formerly of punk band The Slits, supported Siouxsie at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday 17 June.
It was only the day before that I realised she would be supporting and discovered Confessions of a MILF. It’s a catchy track but sounds very complicated and when it was performed live I was very impressed.
Yes, that’s right! This weekend the queen of goth returned for two nights in London and she was truly spectacular.
She’s been away on a five-year break, much speculation about her never returning, yet she came back for Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall in the South Bank Centre. She was originally billed for one night but due to popular demand another one was added.
The Grand Eagle Hotel is a temporary attraction in Hackney, London. It was created purely for a run of live shows concocted by Laura Marling and Secret Cinema and has been fabulously adorned.
That first step into the hotel, surrounded by swathes of guests dressed in 1920’s style clothing. Such an effort was made to fit into the era and it was all the more incredible for the short notice that was given. The tickets went on sale towards the end of May, and just over a week ago the details of the even were revealed, launching Secret Music.
It has taken me a few days to actually sit down and write a review of Once I was an Eagle. I bought it the day it came out and listened to it in the car on the way home. I’m not going to lie, at first I was disappointed but now I think it is a beautiful album of the same standard as A Creature I Don’t Know.
I remembered that Laura Marling’s music was made to be more personal, that playing it in a car was not the right atmosphere for it, so then I decided it must be a headphone album.
By this I mean that there are some things you can only truly appreciate via headphones. Songs can be layered and their true beauty can’t always be heard in a car or on a CD player, headphones are the only medium through which this can be heard. If there is anything we know about Laura Marling it is that her music is layered and understated and you never hear everything the first time round. (more…)