Muziek

Empress of: Us review – joyful, lighter-than-air pop

The Guardian - Albumreviews - 3 hours 3 min ago

XL/Terrible

Singer-producer Lorely Rodriguez made a splash with 2015’s Me, an album of quirky, minimal, deconstructed anthems about idealism, loneliness and empowerment. Three years on, she’s relocated from Brooklyn to her native Los Angeles, but the big change in the follow-up is in the title. In what can seem dehumanising times, Us reaffirms the values of community, humanity, love and personal connection. Opener Everything to Me captures the wonderment of friendship (with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, who guests here) with vivid imagery: “I’d rather be sitting next to you, drinking beer out of the bag, watching cars and yellow cabs.” The slightly reggae lilting Just the Same is playfully sexual – “I want you on top of me like a paperweight” – and she’s comfortable enough in her own relationships to josh about “giving you a hard time – is that OK?”

The blue-eyed effervescence of many of the lyrics is given the perfect backdrop by the music: minimal but laden with keyboard stabs, dizzying glockenspiel hooks and a playful pop sensibility that places her somewhere between FKA twigs and early Madonna. Timberlands finds her rhyming “irreverent” with “elephant”. There are darker moments. I Don’t Even Smoke Weed addresses anxiety. I’ve Got Love was written for a suicidal friend and the vulnerable, partly-Spanish-sung Trust Me Baby finds the Honduran-descended singer pleading, “All I’ve done is love you endlessly.” However, nothing ever disturbs the giddy, uplifting atmosphere of songs that are as euphoric as they are charming.

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Richard Ashcroft: Natural Rebel review – roots rocking for car journeys everywhere

The Guardian - Albumreviews - 3 hours 33 min ago

BMG

There’s no shame in drivetime. Drivetime music has a job to do, and its success or failure is gauged by whether it performs that job: does it comfort? Will it soothe you in an endless jam and uplift you on an open road? Music that comforts is much undervalued, because its virtues seem so everyday. So it’s not intended as criticism to say that Richard Ashcroft’s fifth solo album is a drivetime record: it slides past the window like a sunlit wheat field. Ashcroft has sanded off almost all the edges: where his last record nodded vaguely in the direction of electronica, this one hugs at the roots-rocker end of his musical palette: pedal steels and acoustics are much in evidence.

Naturally, the lyrics are hokum. “They’re dancing in a pool down from your room / A pool that my tears have formed,” Ashcroft offers on Birds Fly, like a 14-year-old on a package holiday who was blanked at the salad bar by Lily from Telford and Why Doesn’t Anything Good Ever Happen to Me?

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Neneh Cherry: Broken Politics review – raw-silk empathy in a shattered world

The Guardian - Albumreviews - 4 hours 3 min ago

(Smalltown Supersound)

Big issues litter Broken Politics, Neneh Cherry’s fifth solo album. In that beautifully snagged raw-silk voice, she sings about abortion, refugees, gun violence and the ease with which conspiracy calcifies into assumed fact these days. But it never feels heavy-handed. The closest Cherry gets to defining a manifesto comes in Synchronised Devotion: “It’s my politics, living in the slow jam.” That in itself is pretty gnomic, but taken in terms of R&B slow jams – which emphasise leaning into every feeling – and the nonstop collision of worthy issues vying for attention, it makes sense. The challenge that Cherry accepts, and aces, is remaining empathetic in a climate predisposed to desensitise.

Broken Politics is Cherry’s second album produced by Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden. Their last collaboration, 2014’s Blank Project, was often stark and brittle. This one is softer, using kora, flute, steel drum and harp as the rippling beds for Cherry’s often fragmented observations and admissions. The loose instrumentation lets Cherry lead the way: her lines often sound extemporised, shifting easily between wisdom and soulful desolation. The effect is intimate yet expansive. A couple of more aggressive songs reflect Cherry’s origins in Bristol’s post-punk scene – the clubfoot bass drag of Kong, the fuzzy boom of Faster Than the Truth – and establish an atmosphere for Cherry to make sense of who she was and how to keep that person close.

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Lisa O'Neill: Heard a Long Gone Song review – raw and unvarnished folk for austere times

The Guardian - Albumreviews - 4 hours 33 min ago

River Lea/Rough Trade

Indie labels have given traditional music new life in the 21st century. Rough Trade’s charges the Strokes and the Libertines were grabbing NME column inches at the same time as it released records by Alasdair Roberts and the Decemberists. In recent years, it has signed Radio 2 folk award-winners Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, as well as Irish band Lankum, whose rawer, politically charged songs provide a bleak fit for our times. Now comes their similarly austere countrywoman Lisa O’Neill, the first signing to Rough Trade’s new dedicated folk subsidiary, River Lea.

Although she was softer once (check out her self-released 2009 debut, Has An Album), O’Neill’s vocals have increasingly returned to their County Cavan roots. Here, they are stripped raw, rough and calloused, evoking the old women anthologised a century ago by Harry Smith; a style that might distance some, or suggest affectation to others. But when it delivers these songs – an extraordinary collection of bleak, harsh originals blending into heartbreaking traditionals – they get you in the gut clean.

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‘Amir’ van Tamino: van deze prins geen kwaad

De Morgen - muziek - 7 hours 15 min ago
Is Tamino de rechtmatige erfgenaam van Jeff Buckley, vroeg The Independent zich eerder deze week af. Zijn debuut Amir houdt zowaar meer troeven achter de hand dan die hoogst vleiende vergelijking.
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“Verdriet met rechte rug: dat is mijn Egyptisch DNA”

De Morgen - muziek - 7 hours 20 min ago
Hij breekt graag een lans voor melancholie en tristesse, maar een gekwelde ziel? Nee, dat is Tamino niet. “Ik denk dat ik vooral diepte en gelaagdheid opzoek. Of dat nu in muziek of een doodgewoon gesprek is.” Pel de diepere lagen van zijn debuut Amir gerust als een ajuintje, en huilen zult u.
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Munich Philharmonic 125th Anniversary Box Set review – Mozart and Brahms to treasure

The Guardian - Albumreviews - 18 October, 2018 - 10:00

BR Klassik, 17 CDs

Though less well-known outside Germany than the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, founded in 1893, has a long pedigree. Its early years were particularly distinguished – Felix Weingartner was an early music director, and Wilhelm Furtwängler made his debut with the orchestra; guest conductors included Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner and Max Reger. It gave the premieres of Mahler’s Fourth and Eighth Symphonies, and, posthumously, of Das Lied von der Erde, and at the same time it developed a tradition of Bruckner performances, which persisted after the second world war.

The last 60 years of the orchestra’s history, during which it has regained much of its former lustre, is documented in this 125th-anniversary collection. Nearly all of the conductors closely associated with it during that period are represented, from symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch in the 1950s, to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade from 2017 and Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind, recorded in February this year, under the current chief conductor, Valery Gergiev.

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Documentaire linkt begindagen Belgische metalscène aan heden

De Morgen - muziek - 18 October, 2018 - 04:58
Hooked on Belgian Metal is een gloednieuwe rockumentaire, die de opkomst van de heavy metal in België in beeld brengt, en de link legt met de hedendaagse scène. Geen Amenra zonder de hardcore-punk waar de bandleden mee opgroeiden. Geen Graspop Metal Meeting ook zonder Heavy Sound Festival in Poperinge. Een boeiend kijkstuk, voor wie weten wil hoe en wanneer satan zijn Belgische discipelen verzamelde. De docu vindt u integraal onderaan dit artikel.
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Neneh Cherry: "Vroeger kotste ik muziek. Nu komt het er elegant uit"

De Morgen - muziek - 18 October, 2018 - 01:05
Kwaliteit komt, in het geval van Neneh Cherry, met de jaren. In 1988 kampeerde ze met ‘Buffalo Stance’ in de hitlijsten. Het Zweedse popicoon verruilde de schijnwerpers nadien voor de schaduw, maar dertig jaar later brengt ze met Broken Politics haar beste soloplaat uit.
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Van frivole nachtclub tot Fabeltjeskrant: bekijk hier de nieuwe clip van Poltrock

De Morgen - muziek - 18 October, 2018 - 01:02
Een stripclub, Murielle Scherre en sfeervolle, donkere muziek? Méér trefwoorden hadden we niet nodig om de eerste officiële clip van Poltrock als eerste te willen zien. En dat kan ú nu hier dus ook.
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Tsar B - The Games I Played

Humo CD-recensies - 17 October, 2018 - 03:00
Vreemd: wij dachten dat een tsaar een grootvorst van Rusland was, maar Tsar B neemt ons op haar debuutplaat ‘The Games I Played’ mee op haar vliegend tapijt naar een prachtige oosterse nacht, à la Aladdin.
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CAVE - Allways

Humo CD-recensies - 17 October, 2018 - 00:00
Psychedelica, krautrock, jazzfusion, soulgrooves, drone, afrobeat... Om het geluid van CAVE, vijf instrumentalisten uit Chicago, preciezer te omschrijven, zijn drie pagina’s nodig en woorden die veel te duur zijn voor iemand met ons salaris.
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Petite noir - La Maison Noir/The Black House

Humo CD-recensies - 16 October, 2018 - 23:00
Het beste op ‘La Maison Noir’ is de stem van Petite Noir, né Yannick Ilunga.
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Whispering Sons - Image

Humo CD-recensies - 16 October, 2018 - 06:23
Whispering Sons op de preselectie van Humo’s Rock Rally 2016 in Hamont-Achel: plaatselijke tieners die in de platenkast van hun ouders het licht hadden gezien, daaruit in vijftig tinten zwart een sound hadden gepuurd die hun als gegoten zat, over het podium bewogen alsof ze er geboren waren, en songs hadden geschreven waarvan je drie dagen later nog koude rillingen kreeg.
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Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Out of Touch

Humo CD-recensies - 16 October, 2018 - 06:10
De Finse ex-trambestuurder Jaakko Eino Kalevi, die naar Berlijn is verkast, maakt vederlichte new wave onder een langzaam flikkerende discobol.
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Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel

Humo CD-recensies - 16 October, 2018 - 06:02
‘De beste zanger met de beste song,’ zei Chris Martin op Live 8 over Richard Ashcroft.
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Verrassing van formaat: P!nk is tweede headliner op Rock Werchter

De Morgen - muziek - 16 October, 2018 - 03:18
De Amerikaanse zangeres Pink komt op donderdag 27 juni naar Rock Werchter. Daarmee maakt het festival een tweede headliner bekend voor de komende editie. Eerder liet de organisatie al weten dat de Britse newwaveband The Cure op vrijdag 28 juni de wei plat zal spelen. Mumford & Sons zijn op zaterdag 29 juni van de partij.
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Deze concerten mag u deze week niet missen

De Morgen - muziek - 15 October, 2018 - 05:11
U wilt deze week een stapje in de wereld zetten? De muziekredactie van De Morgen helpt u graag op weg.
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Beach House in de AB: lichtjes sleazy en onbetrouwbaar

De Morgen - muziek - 14 October, 2018 - 05:43
Nope, Beach House deed niets nieuws in de AB. Wat dacht u nu? Maar de immer verdwaasde indielievelingen slaagden er wel opnieuw in ons te vertederen.
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Ella Mai: Ella Mai review – a missed opportunity

The Guardian - Albumreviews - 14 October, 2018 - 03:00
(Universal)

The British singer-songwriter Ella Mai has found huge success in the States. Handpicked by behemoth hip-hop producer DJ Mustard via Instagram, her schmaltzy, throwback-style R&B track Boo’d Up this year made her the first UK artist to top the US R&B charts since 1992 (the last was Lisa Stansfield’s All Woman).

As a result, Mai’s debut album does feel distinctly American, foregoing the UK’s current love of afrobashment and garage for a sparkling sound that nostalgically nods to 90s favourites. That is, bar the distinctly English-accented, spoken-word interjections, where she announces each letter of her name with a different definition (“E” is for “emotion”, etc), until on Close she spells out, a little cloyingly, “I am Ella Mai”.

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