If the availability of recording software and access to small but well-equipped studios means that more and more music is finding its way out in the world, but the amount of people actually reviewing (as opposed to just sharing and streaming) is decreasing then it goes without saying that smaller (but perfectly formed) sites such as this often have trouble keeping up with all the great music that comes its way. But just because the review might not appear at the point of release, there is no reason why we can’t still help the cause a little further down the line.
I say this by way of explaining why this review is of an album which has been out in the world for over a year now, but great music is always going to find a champion, they just might take a while to get around to it. And In Fragments was never going to get too far away, for this is indeed great music.
Some music is reminiscent of where it comes from geographically speaking, some is invested with a taste of where it wants to go. Furns somehow manage to blend both these vibes into their chilled and infectious soul-pop creations.
I really wanted to like The Band Called Oh (N) album more. Everything about it on paper ticks many of my personal creative boxes.
An album built around the concept of Guerrilla Gardening, a movement that sought to improve the urban decay of 60’s New York is certainly a brave and fascinating idea. One which weaves politics and ecology with form-shifting progressive pop, chimes with the distant echoes of soul music’s revolutionary battlecry and explores forward thinking “music as art” potential.
Snoh Aalegra, however, is proof, if proof were needed, that the cooler Scandinavian climes and the rain-soaked London streets can also influence music in a positive way.
Rufus & Chaka Khan.
Linn & Freddie.
If the third duo is new to you, then we've got a feeling you don't live in the Stockholm or are unfamiliar with the underground soul music scene in Sweden.
And that's why we're here!
Music maestro Freddie (aka Freddie Cruger / Red Astaire) and vocal songstress Linn (Linn Segolson) have released their long-awaited second album - Right Here in the Middle.