Eric Chenaux is a master of dextrous, fried guitar playing juxtaposed with a gorgeously clear and lyrical singing voice. An ingenious recombinant use of traditional folk and consort music tropes in earlier albums has over time evolved into a wholly original form of balladry, shot through with a singular vernacular of improvised electric and nylon-string guitar excursions. Watch "There's Our Love
"Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical English musician-mystics, including The Fall's Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you." Stewart Lee, Sunday Times.
Richard's new album Dissident, is a hallucination of a legendary lost Samizdat-style recording of the legendary lost Richard Youngs Band. It’s not clear to me that it is against anything in particular, and as such it is not literally dissident. In fact, I’m a little lost how or why it is dissident, save for being informed by the imagined provisional recordings of pre-Glasnost protest. Perhaps the wordless scratch vocals are voicing dissent, but I remember having fun. So much so, I couldn’t stop myself from fleshing out the rough nylon guitar songs to a full band arrangement, recorded in multiple spaces. Which is as far from the Samizdat spirit as you could care to go. Listen to "Dissident"
Joanne Robertson has become known for the lyrical drifting beauty of her music. She has released three solo albums, The Lighter (Textile), Black Moon Days (Feeding Tube) and Wildflower, and collaborated and recorded with Dean Blunt on ‘The Redeemer’, ‘Black Metal’, ‘Stone Island’, ‘Skin Fade’ and ‘Wahalla’.
“Her poetry, painting and music all have the same binary quality — they pour sugar directly onto raw wounds in a way that is healing and transformative. Alchemical, I guess.” Bryon Coley