25/30 art pop dance folk

feli colina – LXS INFERNALES

Colina expresses a smouldering heat, searching for what’s under the clothes and beneath the skin.

25/30 album of the week ambient spoken word

ellen zweig – the fiction of the physical

Ellen Zweig’s poetry throughout the 70s and 80s is compiled on this 40-minute-or-so record courtesy of Phantom Limb.

25/30 album of the week folk singer-songwriter

kara jackson – why does the earth give us people to love?

Jackson’s deep presence through the unevenly built tracklist mirrors the process of living through love and loss.

25/30 album of the week jazz

brandee younger – brand new life

‘Brand New Life’ is a well-mapped argument for the healing qualities of melody.

25/30 album of the week experimental punk rock

the cool greenhouse – sod’s toastie

Tom Greenhouse sounds like the coworker you never know beyond the timesheet; or the man who takes your details while setting up a council tax account; or the guy who accidentally drops his satchel on your feet on a crowded bus. This is an account of a soul-sucked eyeline and it’s hope for spiritual revival. […]

25/30 album of the week ambient idm techno

daniel avery – ultra truth

I wondered when I saw this title if Daniel Avery might attempt to transmit something superhuman, insinuating that he knows something unknowable. Ultra Truth is nothing like that. It’s a swirling, pounding album of immense proportions, but Avery holds a deep cordiality with the listener. The structure is neither forced nor feigned, developing lightly with […]

25/30 house jazz r&b revisited review soul

gaelle – transient (2004)

Gaelle had a lot on her mind in 2004, or maybe it was one omnipresent thought. Either way, one hundred words might be too few to list the genres she brandished on her sole full-length release. Gaelle’s stunning house shines through padded kicks, nocturnal moods, and, later on, longing piano licks. The R&B and neo-soul […]

25/30 album of the week folk rock singer-songwriter

bill callahan – YTILAER

Bill Callahan has exposed a lot of his soul, but ceaseless in his songwriting lives a perpetually roaming orientation. Each track here sounds as though he has momentarily halted a horseback journey to take in the view of a mountain range. YTILAER is reflective, but its greatest quality is in the rousing intimacy of each […]

25/30 folk revisited review singer-songwriter

labi siffre – crying, laughing, loving, lying (1972)

Beyond his beloved-by-producers take on funk, Labi Siffre was unusually skilled at creating subtle folk ballads. On C,L, L, L his high-pitched, drifting vocals, which have since inhabited Robin Pecknold, coalesced with serene acoustics. Each component is wrapped in his earnest songwriting—-the rushes of emotion bloom and plateau with deep sweetness. In spite of some […]