Quadraphany comes to Oxford

In May 1972, Pink Floyd began recording at Abbey Road Studios. They were assigned a sound engineer who’s task it would be to record this project using techniques at the forefront of modern recording: quadraphonic sound. The technique involved recording the sound and splitting the playback into four individual speakers, creating a surround-sound effect. However, […]

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Review: Glitterbug, The Wombats

In Liverpudlian trio The Wombats’ third album, Glitterbug, the band matures from its silly, raw punk-pop anthems to glittery, clean indie pop dance hits, engineered for mass appeal. Overall, they manage to keep hold of the sound that fans fell in love with from their first album, A Guide to Love, Loss, & Desperation, while […]

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett don’t mean a thing

I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga or Tony Bennett. What’s more, I’m inherently sceptical about any big album release of swing standards by superstar singers. It’s too easy these days to default to sycophantic vocal mush half-disguised by generic arrangements for an underutilised big band (yes, Michael Bublé, I’m thinking of you). Regardless, I […]

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Review: Carrie & Lowell

There are easier songs to remember than ‘A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze’, which sounds exactly like you’d imagine. On the other hand, there are few as instantly endearing as ‘The Dress Looks Nice on You’. Such is Sufjan Steven’s eclectic […]

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Cycling to record label success

Bear on a Bicycle are the Oxford based record label and all-round creative collective that like “big thinkers and interesting people”. I spoke to the collective’s founder, Jordan O’Shea, about operating the collective in Oxford. The acts currently signed on the label display an impressive range of genres, styles and influences with folk and folk-tronica […]

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