Bring on the Sun/Sun Gong
Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
(My Own Pleasure)
Another three albums that were reviewed earlier in the year.
Laraaji's albums were glorious, life affirming works. Music (call it new age or ambient if you must!), were wise, funny and philosophical.
Laraaji: The Way Out is Still The Way In
Tinariwen put on enrhalling live shows in support of their magnificent album Elwan. Like Songhoy Blues they also find themselves exiled from their homeland, unlike the relative youngsters, their songs were full of melancholy and anguish. Elwan is a sad but beautiful album.
Tinariwen: Sub Saharan Homesick Blues
Mary Casio : Journey to Cassiopeia' by Hannah Peel is an extraordinary album in almost every aspect. An instrumental album that combined the sounds of a colliery band with Peel's own analogue synthesizers, it soundtracked the voyage of an elderly stargazer on a journey from Barnsley to the cosmos. A cinematic delight.
Hannah Peel Has Your Invitation to Explore Space
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Jason Lewis is a Birmingham based music, movie and arts obsessive. Jason's encyclopedic knowledge of 80s/90s Arts films is a debt to his embedded status in the Triangle Arts Centre trenches back then.