After years in development hell, U.S. singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira finally releases a full-length album, writes JORDAN ROWE
TOM LOVE discusses the individual and the whole in Cass McCombs’ Big Wheel and Others
Cass McCombs is well known for not being very well known. Despite releasing seven critically commended records and being hailed by Spin as one of his generation’s greatest singer-songwriters, McCombs has remained rather elusive. This is deliberate – his elusiveness is evasiveness. McCombs has said that “to make [art] about the artist and to dwell upon biographical information can only make it singular, and I am really disgusted by that”.
He has a very small number of …
We love homegrown, TIM ZHA speaks to JULIEANN HARTIGAN, UCL student and the face of Cousin Marnie
JulieAnn Hartigan, or rather Cousin Marnie, is a UCL student who makes pop music inspired by Kanye West and the Carter Family. Blending country, hip-hop and punk music, the “fresh-faced Londoner”, to quote NME, has been heralded by them as “delightfully dark”. Interested? Check her out at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston on 28 November.
How has growing up and living in London influenced your music?
I’ve always been slightly introverted and definitely a …
ONG SZU YOONG writes on the origins and continuing influence of alternative music’s great forgotten genre.
Slowcore is rock music’s long lost genre. Emerging in the early 1990s, soon after grunge, slowcore can be loosely defined as a kind of alternative rock music, marked by its slow tempo, quiet and minimal instrumentation, downbeat melodies and depressive, introspective lyrics. Slowcore contains within it some of the bleakest and most beautiful guitar driven songs ever made. Yet, in our age of genre revivals and re-revivals, of post-punk and house music, slowcore has remained …
Reviewing the conductor Vladimir Jurowski/London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Eroica, JULIAN JONES also looks at the politics that inspired it
A baby crying after being pushed out of its mother’s womb is authentic, but music is the result of human abstraction, argues JORDAN ROWE
This week Pi TV Sessions are joined by Andy Ruddy, a London based singer songwriter who gives a sublime rendition of his great new track ‘All Our Lives’.
Producer and Editor: Tom Ganley
Assistant Producer: Naomi Pieris
Sound: Adam Pinnock
Director of Photography:Mikko Makela
Cameras: Luke Blackett, Tirion Jenkins, Mikko Makela, Tom Ganley
Credits: Hannah Gillett
Week two of Bloomsbury Theatre features the formidable UCLU Jazz Society. Shafeeq Shajahan reviews I Too Sing America, an insight into the history and music of the American Civil Rights Movement.
Photography by Alex Moyse.
Energetic, soulful and stirring, UCLU Jazz Society presented a brave showcase of talent this week at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Director Michael Skinner and producer Cat Harris strung together a cohesive show, displaying various forms and performance styles of jazz music, capturing the spirit of African American culture and the Civil Rights Movement. Without a doubt, tackling a theme like this is very …
TIMOTHY ZHA reviews Oneohtrix Point Never’s album, R Plus Seven and praises his performance at Islington Assembly Hall
Before Oneohtrix Point Never’s new album, R Plus Seven, came out, I had no idea what the Oulipo were. Turns out the Ouvroir de littérature potentielle were a group of mostly French-speaking writers, mathematicians and assorted intellectuals who practised constrained writing, composing while self-imposing deliberate specific constraints on the process. They had one particular constraint called S+7 (sound familiar?) in which every noun in a text was replaced with the seventh noun after …