Dan Patlansky: Big things going down

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Dan Patlansky isn’t one for standing still.

“I’m always trying to further myself as a player and what I can do,” the South African guitarist reveals, “by putting in the hours and coming up with fresh ideas – be it in terms of note choice and phrasing, or musicality I’m trying to work on. And so in small ways I’m reinventing myself, by adding on to what I can already do.”

Reinvention is something Patlansky’s certainly familiar with – he’s been doing it for the past 20 years.

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Imelda May: It’s a sin what we’ve done to love

Imelda May | Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

Imelda May isn’t the first. From ‘Blood On The Tracks’ reflecting Bob Dylan’s crumbling marriage to the death of Sting’s parents casting a shadow over ‘The Soul Cages’, real life has a way of working its way into a musician’s work. But never before has it brought about as striking a transformation as on ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’.

Gone is a marriage of 18 years. Gone is that hair. And, most importantly, gone is that big-band-swing rockabilly sound, replaced by something far more intimate, restrained – and powerful.  

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Daudi Matsiko launching ‘An Introduction To Failure’ at Slaughtered Lamb

Daudi Matsiko is releasing ‘An Introduction To Failure’ on 26 May – the same day as he performs at Slaughtered Lamb.

The album, which collects his first two, self-released EPs, ‘The Lingering Effects of Disconnection’ and ‘A Brief Introduction to Failure’, showcases his finger-picking guitar style and autobiographical lyrics.

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The Black Angels: Death Song

The Black Angels | Death Song

“How can I stay with no hope, with no chance/ As I’m travelling upside down into a world of the unknown?” laments Alex Maas on ‘Life Song’, the astral-travelling finale of The Black Angels’ bleakest album yet.

Largely written and recorded during the most divisive, brutal, and ugly US election campaign in recent memory, these are meditations on survival, violence, love, greed, hate, devotion, anxiety, and capitalism. Desperate songs for desperate times.

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