Albums of the year 2022

Look­ing over our choic­es, sev­er­al fea­ture dreams, frac­tured mem­o­ries in an ambi­ent set­ting… artists search­ing for clues from the past to help them make sense of the present. Per­haps it’s a post Covid thing, as we escaped our con­fines and moved war­i­ly, or rushed glad­ly, out into open spaces again, embrac­ing sweaty gigs and festival…

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Journey into a new realm: The Orielles album Tableau – review

The Orielles have nev­er rest­ed on their lau­rels. From their ear­li­est days, the prodi­gious­ly tal­ent­ed trio from West York­shire beamed out their sun­ny garagey indie sound and built up a fan base. But it did­n’t take long before the seeds of their inquis­i­tive minds began to flower, and they start­ed to veer off on a…

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The Orielles at The Trades for IVW week

The Orielles played at The Trades in Heb­den Bridge as part of IVW. As a local out­fit – and the one who osten­si­bly kick­start­ed the ‘Calder­for­nia’ pletho­ra of local bands, there was a sup­port­ive atmos­phere, with plen­ty of their friends out in the crowd, singing along, word per­fect. I’ve prob­a­bly seen The Orielles more than…

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Top albums, EPs and songs for 2020

Let’s go with the pos­i­tive. This year there has been a pletho­ra of amaz­ing new music from artists both well estab­lished and emerg­ing. For many peo­ple, lis­ten­ing to music has been a life­line to turn to in these trou­bled times. And with lock­down, some have been able to redis­cov­er the plea­sure of play­ing an album…

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Best albums of 2019

These are the 2019 albums that I have on restric­t­ed-play mode, in case I over­do it. These are best played when you’re on your own. No dis­trac­tions and no play­ing them as mood music in the back­ground – who wants some ran­dom per­son to sud­den­ly start talk­ing to you just as you get to the…

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Come Down on Jupiter – The Orielles

The Orielles chose to try out new num­ber Come Down on Jupiter at Blue­dot fes­ti­val this sum­mer – maybe they were part­ly inspired by the space-themed fes­ti­val to give this new song a whirl. It’s the first track on their upcom­ing sec­ond album, now named Dis­co Volador. Per­form­ing live, the Calder Val­ley four­some always manage…

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Review: Bluedot 2019: a space celebration

If the sci­en­tists at Jodrell Bank could put their col­lec­tive heads togeth­er, it would be per­fect if they could find a way of tele­port­ing us back to the fields of Blue­dot in order to do the fes­ti­val all over again. That way it might be pos­si­ble to expe­ri­ence the stuff you’d missed first time round.…

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Green Man festival 2017 review

This year was the 15th anniver­sary of Green Man, the bucol­ic fes­ti­val set in the Bre­con Bea­cons. It is – since the demise of Big Chill – my favourite fes­ti­val venue, with its lush moun­tain­ous set­ting and main stage framed dra­mat­i­cal­ly by the Black Moun­tains. For those short of stature (like myself), you’ll always have…

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