Author Archives: Matt Mead

About Matt Mead

Freelance writer who likes anything with heart and soul
REVIEW: Esther Phillips - Brand New Day box set

REVIEW: Esther Phillips – Brand New Day box set

One of the many shining lights of the 1960’s soul, jazz and blues scene was the outstanding vocalist Esther Phillips and her recordings on Lenox, Atlantic and Roulette records. Released via Soul Music Records a subsidiary of Cherry Records a…

NEWS: Doves release new tune from forthcoming album - TODAY!

NEWS: Doves release new tune from forthcoming album – TODAY!

TODAY (2.30pm) Doves will release the beautiful Cathedrals Of The Mind from their upcoming album, The Universal Want. Filling and breaking hearts, the achingly vulnerable voice of singer, Jimi Goodwin meets the valley-deep atmospherics cultivated by band mates, Andy and Jez Williams, sweeping with delicate grace in breathtaking murmurations….

REVIEW: Roots, Rock and Reggae - Compilation

REVIEW: Roots, Rock and Reggae – Compilation

Compilation albums are often a fortress of goodies both heard and unheard to the listening ear in possession of the music. Doctor Bird Records, a division of Cherry Red Records, specializes specifically in Jamaican beats licenced from the legendary Trojan…

VIDEO PREMIERE: Candy Opera - These Days Are Ours

VIDEO PREMIERE: Candy Opera – These Days Are Ours

This is the sound of Candy Opera now!  Liverpool’s pop craftsmen release These Days Are Ours, the first single taken from their new album, The Patron Saint Of Heartache, which is due for release in early November…  their first new material for nearly three…

NEWS: Garcia Peoples release details of new album Nightcap At Wits End

NEWS: Garcia Peoples release details of new album Nightcap At Wits End

Garcia Peoples announce the release of their new album, Nightcap at Wits’ End, out 9th October via Beyond Beyond is Beyond. The band have shared the trippy video below, made by Kendra Amalie, for the first single, “One At A Time” via Brooklyn Vegan.  The band’s Derek Spaldo explains that ‘One At A Time’ “is about…

NEWS: Doves release new tune from forthcoming album - TODAY!

NEWS: Doves announce massive 2021 tour

Doves are going on tour! An emotional homecoming at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, a return to London’s O2 Academy Brixton and a night at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom feature in the 13-date jaunt, with the band hitting the road in March and…