REVIEW: THE DECENDENTS

Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants provides plenty of darkly humourous and humane subject-matter for accomplished film-maker, Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt, Sideways).   Living on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, through a voice-over Matt King (George Clooney) is quick to dispel the myth island life is idyllic: “Paradise can go … Continue reading

REVIEW: ALT-J – AN AWESOME WAVE

On the Leeds based band’s Facebook page, under ‘influences’, it reads ‘haha’. Their approach to the music is quite sly and unique; the band set themselves apart from others in so many ways. Their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ is an impromptu mix of synth, acoustic and solemn mumbling. The album as a whole sounds … Continue reading

HAIM – FOREVER

If the vocal gymnastics on the likes of the Voice have been giving you a headache these past few months, the new track from the sisters of Haim ‘forever’ is the perfect remedy. With a stripped back sound and simple close harmonies on top of punchy percussions, the laid back single is about as welcoming … Continue reading

REVIEW: MARLEY

Bob Marley’s image is ubiquitous, adorned on t-shirts, posters and tote-bags the world over. His music blares from beach front reggae bars in every holiday resort known to mankind. But the story of Marley the man is less well-known. Here, Kevin MacDonald sets out to demystify the man – and partially succeeds. Born Robert Nesta … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: FRIENDS

Rolling through elements of indie-pop, funk and disco, hotly tipped band, Friends, today release an album that boasts confidence to captivate any listener. For the last year they’ve been that band you might stumble across on blogs and magazines thanks to the impressive single releases of ‘I’m His Girl’ and ‘Friend Crush’. With so many … Continue reading