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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Sweet Baboo brings his ‘Wild Imagination’ to The Lexington

In the run up to the release of new album ‘Wild Imagination’ and UK tour in June, Sweet Baboo has released the title track.

“I’m hoping that the sentiment of the song is pretty universal,” says the Welsh musician who performs at The Lexington on 15 June.  “As with a lot of this album, I wanted to convey the same sense of hope and joy I feel when I listen to Robert Wyatt or Arthur Russell singing.

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