Author Archives: Jason Holmes

LIVE: Little Barrie – Oslo Hackney, 14.12.16

Rating: The trio known as Little Barrie, comprising Barrie Cadogan (guitar and vocals), Lewis Wharton (bass) and Virgil Howe (drums) took to the stage last night upstairs at Oslo in Hackney, the occasion the final gig of their UK tour which…

ALBUM: David Gray ‘The Best Of David Gray’

Rating: The three openers of this heavyweight retrospective – ‘Babylon’, ‘You’re The World To Me’, ‘Sail Away’ – hit you sweetly, unexpectedly between the eyes, such is the devotional aspect of David Gray‘s vocal delivery. This was a man, you…

ALBUM: Syd Arthur ‘Apricity’

Rating: These ten, sweetly crafted Canterbury songtales come from the Kentish four-piece at a time when musicians are once more feeling the urgent need to write proper songs, rather than fling half-baked ideas onto tape – as some of the…

ALBUM: Smoove & Turrell ‘Crown Posada’

Rating: After three LPs, this one has swung and dipped out of left field and landed slap bang on the Radio 2 Playlist. But forget the whys and hows of it. It’s here amongst us, rattling the radio speakers and…

ALBUM: Devendra Banhart ‘Ape In Pink Marble’

Rating: On first hearing it, you may find yourself describing this album as the music of the spheres, but no matter, it took some balls to make it. It refreshes parts other tracts of sound fail to reach via a…

ALBUM: The Rifles ‘Big Life’

Rating: On 2 May 2014, the Shepherds Bush Empire was enjoying a full house. The bars were busy, the punters in good spirits, the early evening as muggy as only London can conjure. It was three days after Bob Hoskins’…