Albums

Upon the Wine Dark Sea: An Interview with Jolie Holland

From the beginning of Catalpa – emerging in 2003, with an admixture of folk and blues at once ethereal and stomping, and opening out on repeated listens to expose moments of the most intimate human connection – Jolie Holland has released six albums of outstanding worth. Her distinctive voice has been admired by artists including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, and St. Vincent, and she…

Culturedallroundman Playlists via YouTube

Following what was effectively the birth of my YouTube channel last week – at youtube.com/culturedarm, upon the upload of my first video/podcast discussing the nineteenth-century Russian poet Fyodor Tyutchev and his poem ‘Silentium!’ – I have made public an initial batch of playlists. These are based on my ‘Songs of the Month’ for February; my list of the ‘Fifteen Best Albums…

Björk – Vulnicura

While some of her collaborators were already known, it was only last Wednesday that Björk confirmed the impending release of her eighth studio album proper. Announcing the album’s name as Vulnicura, and providing a list of song titles, her announcement – published via Facebook and Twitter – stated that the album would be out in March. Having apparently leaked over the…

The Fifteen Best Albums of 2014

The publication of my favourite albums of 2014 on the evening of 1 January, 2015, may seem pedantic: as though, after the flurry of lists which appeared from early to mid-December, I have waited until the first day of the new year to determine decisively what belongs to and deserves acclaim from the year just past. In truth, I’ve been…

The Best Albums of the Decade So Far: 2010-2015

Feeling only moderately provoked but more to the point inspired by Pitchfork’s list of the 100 best albums of the decade so far, I have compiled and extensively written out this list of my own. My list forgoes EPs, otherwise works by Blood Diamonds and Holy Other would have made the cut, Zola Jesus would have been placed higher, and Burial…