Man Behaving Badly

Just what constitutes a terrible boyfriend? Selfishness? Infidelity? Deceit? Theft? All of the above? In Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir’ shy film student Julie, played by the very charming Honor Swinton Byrne, has a chance to find out. Her boyfriend Anthony, beautifully played by Tom Burke, is the epitome of old world upper-class charm with his …

The Folk Sound

The late Terry Callier is a difficult singer to define. You could describe his style as soul or maybe as blues, and if you go back far enough, folk. Once fiendishly difficult to get hold off and recently reissued The Folk Sound fo Terry Callier is an accomplished piece of work which pulls off the …

Hope Downs

Released last year the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album ‘Hope Downs’ has an upbeat but raggedy feel, which I hope to be repeated when I see them at the end of the month Coming in at around 37 minutes it’s also short and sharp and eschews the current trend to create albums that last several …

Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

To British men of a certain age, the Second World War looms large in their consciousness, even though they were born a long time after it ended. Brought up on a diet of seventies comics like Warlord and Battle that replayed the conflict, every one of us was given the opportunity to revel in one …

A Trawl through Past Time

In 2003 Prefab Sprout frontman Paddy McAloon released an album under his own name. Titled ‘I Trawl the Megahertz’ this beautiful and poignant album was made at a time when McAloon was going through a particularly difficult time. Detached retinas had left him facing blindness and increasingly isolated he spent his nights listening to short …

Transit

In Christian Petzold’s film ‘Transit’ France has been taken over by a foreign force intent on cleansing the country of its undesirable elements. Georg attempts to escape the crackdown by assuming the identity of a dead author and fleeing to Marseille. From here with the aid of a transit visa he hopes to go to …

Aldous

Hannah Harding otherwise known by her stage name Aldous Harding produced my favorite album of 20017 ‘Party,’ a slow-burning folk gem that is less of a party of more of a wake. Now she is returning with her new album ‘Designer,’ the less stark but equally beautiful follow-up. Above is a track that gives you …

Song by Song

For the last two and a half years Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay have set themselves the task of doing a podcast on each and every Tom Waits song in chronological order, starting with the songs on his debut album ‘Closing Time.’ This herculean feat cannot be done alone, so during the series Martin …

Robin de Puy

Born in 1986, Robin de Puy grew up in her parents’ family hotel in the small village in South Holland. She graduated from the Fotoacademie Rotterdam in 2009 and in 2013, she received the Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize for a shot of fellow photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn; in 2015 she took a 10,000km road trip across …

Women on the Verge

French author Leila Slimane brings new life to the literary thriller with a distinctly feminist take on the genre. In her novel ‘Adele’ there are echos of much older French novels such as ‘Madame Bovary’ and ‘Therese Desqueyroux’ in her depiction of an unhappily married woman who can not quite understand the source of her …