Album review: The Galileo 7 – ‘Tear Your Minds Wide Open’

Galileo 7 - Tear Your Minds Wide Open

A couple of weeks back, after seeing the deluge of reviews I wrote for various Medway bands in the space of a single week, Allan Crockford from The Galileo 7 asked me if I’d cast my ears over the band’s latest outing, Tear Your Minds Wide Open.

It would, quite frankly have been rude – not to mention incredibly foolish – to refuse. And so, here it is – somewhat delayed (sorry Allan!). Have a read of the following and then tear your wallet wide open to procure your copy.

Album review: Lost Film Foundation – ‘(the big light)’

Lost Film Foundation

To be honest, it came out quite a while back. Just before Christmas if memory serves.

But (the big light) still deserves some attention. It’s the sole album from a now defunct band called Lost Film Foundation, released post-split.

Matt Kilda (once known as Lupen Crook) fronted the band with Jemimah Dean sharing vocal duties. The sound switches from the simplest of melodies to glorious, discordant racket while the lyrics paint portraits of inner turmoils at their most chaotic.

Read on for more…

Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov

And now for something slightly different.

While these pages usually confine themselves to the products of a singer, guitar, bass and drums (or permutations thereof), this latest piece is a break from that particular routine.

I’ve been listening to Rachmaninov a lot lately – at times to the point of excluding anything else. It’s proved something of a departure, but a welcome one.

As you’ll see from what I knocked together in my article, Rachmaninov has had a lasting influence on a great deal of pop music – from Frank Sinatra through to Moloko.

I first fell in love with his music when watching the Geoffery Rush film Shine. Being a pianist myself (although far from anywhere near good enough to play anything apart from a couple of the opening chords of the second piano concerto), I’ve been in awe of this composer’s music ever since.

But whether you are a pianist or not  – whether you recognise the technical prowess required to interpret his music or not – there is something about this composer’s work that reaches out and touches the soul.

If an alien ever lands in your back garden and asks you “what is music and why do people listen to it?”, just play them something by Rachmaninov and watch as he, she or it bursts into tears before thanking you for enlightening them so much that they decide not to destroy you and all of civilisation.

Read on…

An Album of my Year: Radiohead – ‘OKNOTOK’

Radiohead - OKNOTOK

Last one. I promise.

2017 marked two decades passing since the release of Radiohead’s OK Computer. For miserable music lovers in their late teens and early twenties at the time, the album was – and remains – a rather big deal – arguably the first album of the 21st century (and getting in three years early).

Twenty years since the album’s release, Radiohead furnished us with a remastered version and an album’s worth of extra songs from the period in which it was written.

Musings on them follow here…

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