November 21, 2019

Derek Shulman: Un-boxing The Giant

For the majority of their career, Gentle Giant was that rarest of breeds: uniquely challenging, singularly unlike any other rock band, with no hit singles or radio airplay, or anything approaching 'danceable'. Yet they garnered and cultivated a fiercely loyal, almost ravenous core of fans and admirers. These listeners weren't content to settle for standard..

Infringement – Alienism (Crime Records)

This lot got together one cold November evening in Oslo in 2015, them being Norwegian, the plan being (as with all of us?!) to guzzle whiskey and contemplate forming a band. Infringement was formed shortly after and their debut album Transition released in 2017. This was a concept album exploring the development of a single..

STRAWBS – DEEP CUTS (Esoteric)

a mix of more commercial, easily melodic material alongside harder-edged fare for those who didn't want too much sugar with their Strawbs! By 1976, when Deep Cuts originally appeared, The Strawbs were getting to the end of their original 1970s run, and would split following two more albums, in 1978. The previous album, 1975's Nomadness,..

Malone Sibun – Come Together

Only “the most exciting blues rock super-group in the UK” right now. That’s the label being applied to Malone Sibun by the European Blues Awards ceremony, despite not yet having an album released. Malone Sibun are a partnership of soulful UK-based Detroit blues-rock star Marcus Malone and British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun, who met..

CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND – GOLDEN HOUR (Nova)

if well-written, fun music with poetic observances about life would add to your day, then check this out.  Singer/songwriter Christopher Holland’s new release Golden Hour brings the '70s back to life. Fans of artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Kenny Loggins, and the Carpenters will fully appreciate the vibe of this album. The songwriting includes the..