Author: Zoë Radas

Jordan Rakei, ‘Wallflower’ review

On Wallflower, 25-year-old Jordan Rakei allows the hummingbird tremolo of his voice to radiate through some super sensitive arrangements.  You can listen in hard and investigate the detailed, smooth-jazz kit rhythms (think Hiatus Kaiyote) or just let them patter over you, and piano chords take thoughtful steps as if they’re making their way over sunshower-shiny cobblestones. Subtle strings match poignant lyrics (“How can I find a reason to love you when I don’t love myself?” – Nerve) and Rakei’s vocal harmonies are frankly pretty astonishing – they have an early Fat Freddy’s feel, although are possibly even more tender...

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Interview with Cub Sport’s Tim and Sam

Bats are very symbolic creatures, figuratively connected with a hundred different things. For Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield, the animal started as a prosaic link to Cub Sport’s new release – the couple were living just up the hill from an enormous bat colony (depicted on the album cover) as Nelson wrote the album – and the symbol expanded in step with the scope of the record. “There were thousands of them, the whole way down the creek,” Nelson smiles. “Every evening we’d take the dogs for a walk and stand on this bridge over the creek, and watch...

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Interview with Slatts of King Parrot

A lone man walks along a grimy ‘burban street, mashing a hotdog into his face. As he’s heckled and abused by geriatric passers by, he ducks his face in sorrow, so that the enormous black phallus strapped to his forehead droops as sadly as a Seaworld orca’s dorsal fin. “There was mention, ‘We’re going to get you to wear a dildo on your head,’” says bassist Slatts (Matthew Slattery) of his starring role in King Parrot’s Ten Pounds Of Sh-t In A Five Pound Bag clip. “I’m like, ‘Yeah cool, that sounds hilarious.’ As it got a bit closer…...

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Watch Ásgeir’s gorgeous new clip

Icelandic music man Ásgeir has released the beautifully bucolic video for I Know You Know, from his recent album Afterglow. Shot near the musician’s hometown in the north of Iceland, directors Baldvin Albertsson and Arnar Helgi Hlynsson said of the clip: “Basically our pitch was inspired by Ásgeir’s recent ‘slow-tv’ that aired in Iceland, so we took the idea a step further and made a ‘slow-music video’ about Ásgeir simply having a nice day working in the field. But, as usually happens in creative projects we started getting ideas as we went and together came up with the ending that we thought was really nice.” Take...

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JB’s vinyl chart (September, week 3)

This week in vinyl: The National creep up to #1 a few weeks after release, LCD’s incredible American Dream finally gets a look-in, and Fatboy Slim’s second studio album has come a long way, baby – almost 20 years! Here’s the chart from 1 to 10, with links to get your paws on ’em >> 1: The National, Sleep Well Beast 2: Various, Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 3: Queens of the Stone Age, Villains 4: LCD Soundsystem, American Dream 5: Michael Jackson, Thriller 6: AC/DC, Back In Black 7: Rage Against The Machine, Rage Against The Machine 8: Gang Of Youths, Go Farther In Lightness...

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