❉ The craft and invention in these five albums has matured finely, writes Andrew J Duncan.
❉ If you’ve never heard a note by The Residents before, you could easily dip your toe in here and very quickly gauge the flavour of their career so far.
❉ It’s Lawrence’s ball, of course, and his newfound freedom since the group’s dissolution resulted in a more freewheeling Felt, the subject of this second set of “revisitations”.
❉ Pere Ubu co-founder Allen Ravenstine back in full effect, and his work has never been more alluring whilst never loosening its abstract grip.
❉ Folkloric musical legends release first new album in 20 years in collaboration with vocalist Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance.
❉ Danish singer and artist Soho Rezanejad’s debut album weaves a fascinating cabaret.
❉ A sprawling, ambitious, dense album, packed with drama and feeling.
❉ Thor & Friends’ second album suits this time of year mightily, offering vivid snatches of pause and recognition.
❉ A touching and quizzical album, from a gent who has long deserved far wider exposure.
❉ We look at the reissue of 1989 album Undertow, and Andy Hawkins’ revived solo project Azonic.