Heavy Rotation: Angeline Morrison, Beck, Eryn Allen Kane, Michael Giacchino

It’s time for something new. Or, rather, old. In starting this new, ad hoc series, titled Heavy Rotation, I plan to throw a little light on the artists, albums and songs that I have been listening to frequently, ones I missed, and generally music which I feel deserves attention.

Consider this my Time Out-style hot picks: no more than five minutes to read, and guaranteed to lead you to people or things that will give you hours of pleasure.

If I find myself having time to do these posts more frequently, I may try to put together a Spotify playlist to accompany it.

We start off this new series with an enchanting jazz singer, who is new to me, Angeline Morrison, the rising gospel goddess Eryn Allen Kane, and film composer Michael Giacchino. Continue reading

Singer-songwriter: the label of authenticity that’s lost all meaning

Jake Bugg, Brussels, Apr 30, 2012, by Kmeron / Vincent Philbert, 01 (2048x2394)What goes through your head when you hear the term: singer-songwriter? Is your mind filled with images of ginger-haired Ed Sheeran, innocent Nina Nesbitt and boyish-looking George Ezra? Or perhaps passionate Laura Marling, the watchful Bob Dylan or a smiling Carole King?

All of these musicians are frequently described as singer-songwriters. But the degree to which they are responsible for the creation of their songs – in other words, songwriting – is where the real distinction lies. Continue reading

Best albums of 2014: 20 to 11

AOTY 2014: 20-11 college NehruvianDoom, Ibibo, Daley, Foxes  (1448x815)Day four of my 2014 round-up includes standout R&B albums, an African highlife-psych collision, a rock music fight back and an indescribable Mercury Prize-winner.

20. Foxes – Glorious
19. Daley – Days & Nights
18. Banks – Goddess
17. NehruvianDoom – NehruvianDoom
16. Jack White – Lazaretto
15. Young Fathers – Dead
14. Tinashe – Aquarius
13. Beck – Morning Phase
12. Fatima – Yellow Memories
11. Ibibio Sound Machine – Ibibio Sound Machine Continue reading