Brandi Carlile, In These Silent Days

WILL RUSSELL Americana master channels her inner glam Brandi Carlile is a master of Americana. Her sophomore album, the T Bone Burnett-produced The Story, was re-recorded in 2017 as Cover Stories, with artists covering her songs including Dolly Parton, Adele, Kris Kristofferson and Pearl Jam. Her last LP, By the Way, I Forgive You received six Grammy nominations, including Continue Reading

Martina Topley-Bird – ‘Forever I Wait’

WILL RUSSELL MTB retains her majesty. Martina Topley-Bird is British music royalty, with her contributions to Tricky’s early records alone ensuring her crown; Maxinquaye is as important to the pantheon as Nevermind The Bollocks or London Calling. On it, MTB switched gender roles with Tricky, working as his proxy, singing his parts, her beautiful timbre both jarring and compelling. As countless middling Continue Reading

Willy Mason, Already Dead

WILL RUSSELL Lo-fi troubadour goes hi-fi Intriguingly, Willy Mason’s collaboration with The Chemical Brothers on 2007’s ‘Battle Scars’ offers the best clue to the musical terrain of Already Dead. The success of Mason’s debut record, propelled by his zeitgeist-capturing protest single ‘Oxygen’, cursed him with the infamous tag of ‘the new Dylan’. With his sophomore pitchforked, producer Dan Continue Reading