The Belbury Tales

Twisted nostalgia. Spooky photographs of a fictitious town. Liner notes about the ploughman’s lunch. It could only be the new Belbury Poly album, The Belbury Tales. Purchase it from the ever-excellent Ghost Box.

Be kind and rewind

It’s been a lean few years for new artists in electronic music. Aside from dubstep, which went down the shitter pretty quickly, there hasn’t been much to get excited about. The IDM glory days are long gone. But one artist definitely bucking the trend is VHS Head. Emerging seemingly from nowhere in 2009, he has […]

Look Around You is ten years old

Look Around You is a hilarious pastiche of programmes for schools, public information films, and 1970s television in general. Made by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, it is beautifully made and packed with silly jokes. It’s one of my all-time favourite comedy programmes. This is the final episode, Brain. There is also this film, Birds […]

My top five albums of 2011

5. Sigur Rós — Inni After a three year hiatus following the release of Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, Sigur Rós have emerged with… an album of old material. Well, in fairness, it is the first serious attempt at a live album (although Hvarf / Heim had already sort of settled that need in […]

My top five singles / EPs of 2011

5. Venetian Snares — Cubist Reggae It’s been a while since I’ve bought any Venetian Snares material, but I was immediately drawn when I heard a clip of the opening track, Ever Apparent All Being Shoulder. One of those times where I hear a piece of music and think, it’s not quite like anything I’ve […]