Album Review: Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth – Utopian Ashes

WILL RUSSELL Countrified tales of heartbreak. Utopian Ashes is a duet record. Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth quarrel their way across the record with a savage fury, recalling Coolidge and Kristofferson or Carter and Cash. The titles line up to rip your heart out: ‘Stones Of Silence’, ‘Living A Lie’, ‘You Continue Reading

Album Review: John Grant, Boy from Michigan

WILL RUSSELL Quality offering from indie maverick. Going backwards! Boy From Michigan floats past Pale Green Ghosts and plunges under the Queen of Denmark, back to a pre-Denver John Grant, growing up in small-town Michigan alongside a potent cast of characters. A Mӓrchen boyhood, both alluring and terrifying, is conveyed with a painter’s eye for surrealist detail. The American Dream awaits Continue Reading

John Spillane: “Irish trad is the best music in the world – it does not belong to the past, it has not happened yet, it is going to be so huge in the future

WILL RUSSELL Folk legend John Spillane discusses his formative years in Cork, unforgettable gigs in Páidí O’Sé’s pub, and his cracking new album 100 Snow White Horses – which boasts a stunning cover designed by Brian Eno. He is Christy Moore’s favourite songwriter. Damien Dempsey calls his songs the heart and soul of Ireland. John Spillane is Continue Reading