Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra, Mammal Hands and John Ellis at the RNCM

Last Saturday’s gig was a very different experience to the first time I saw Matthew Halsall and The Gondwana Orchestra. Instead of standing a few feet away from the band in the intimate basement space of London’s Jazz Cafe, I was watching from a seat across a theatre in the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. But any worries I might’ve had about … Continue reading Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra, Mammal Hands and John Ellis at the RNCM

Balance and Composure // The Light We Made : a playlist for angsty romantic daydreams

Sounds like: Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Cheatahs Recommended songs: ‘Midnight Zone’, ‘Afterparty’, ‘Postcard’ It is made clear from the offset that things have changed. The first track on Light We Made, ‘Midnight Zone’ opens with a fluctuating synth line, gently punctuated with guitar and drum hits until they break through into a sparkly, downtempo sound that … Continue reading Balance and Composure // The Light We Made : a playlist for angsty romantic daydreams

Tristan de Liège : producer, multi-instrumentalist and explorer of the genre jungle

Sounds like: Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Prefuse 73 Recommended songs: ‘Wind and Sea’ (Tamalpais), ‘Malamu’ (The Diver), ‘Salt Spring’ (Thoma)   ‘It’s too easy, with today’s technology, to get distracted by the enormous amount of options you have and never finish anything’ Thanks to current technology, a vast world of sonic possibility now lies within every musician’s … Continue reading Tristan de Liège : producer, multi-instrumentalist and explorer of the genre jungle

Biffy Clyro // Ellipsis : hits and misses

Sounds like: Twin Atlantic, Band of Horses, Foo Fighters, Marmaduke Duke Recommended songs: ‘On a Bang’, ‘Howl’, ‘Don’t, Won’t, Can’t’, ‘In the Name of the Weeman’   Like the first track on the album, whose intensifying intro builds anticipation for a disappointingly average track, Ellipsis is somewhat of an anti-climax. The interviews, teasers and discussion leading … Continue reading Biffy Clyro // Ellipsis : hits and misses

Spiritual Jazz Magic : Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra play Camden’s Jazz Cafe

It’s Monday July 11th in north-west London, and under the sultry shifting colours of Camden Town’s Jazz Café, Matthew Halsall, the Gondwana Orchestra and Dwight Trible weave spiritual jazz magic. Halsall’s atmospheric compositions, rooted in the music of Pharoah Sanders and John and Alice Coltrane, blend the rich expressiveness of modal jazz with delicate Eastern … Continue reading Spiritual Jazz Magic : Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra play Camden’s Jazz Cafe