Author: Sean Keenan

Peru Maravilloso [Album]

If the material is jaunty and lacking in nose-flutes it is because this is a reflection of Peruvian popular music in the 60s/70s, not some anthropological/musicological quest for an imposed...

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The Presence LDN : Interview

I won’t use a computer to make music ever again. Those things lead to a shiny but soulless place in the heart....

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Black History Month : Interview

There is a tension in Black history that makes it all the more interesting.That is to say, it highlights the many struggles and centrality of people of African descent in making the modern world....

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Drugstore : The Best of Drugstore

Maybe it's musical Marmite, inspiring only deep devotion or outright contempt. Drugstore are not static enough to pin a genre upon....

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Douglas Dare : Seven Hours [EP]

Devoid of histrionics, of 'emotional' treatments, and of cloying sentimentality. Dare's presentation of the songs is instead factual, crisp and resigned....

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Seamus Heaney RIP

Few Nobel laureates make visits to state schools to discuss poetry. Heaney did....

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Joel Sarakula : The Golden Age

The nostalgic waft of times past may be enough to propel Sarakula into the playlists of the nation's barbeque evenings. ...

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The Shaking Sensations : Start Stop Worrying

This is an album to induce a trancelike post-rock euphoria, rather than one to focus on. ...

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Ian McCulloch : Holy Ghosts

Mac's voice has aged with the same sweet languid complexity as an oak-barelled Sauternes....

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Gangsters and Gunslingers : The American Museum in Britain

Los Angeles was the last Western boom town – a place where elderly cowboys mingled with celluloid stars on Hollywood backlots. Wyatt Earp ended his days there. Gangsters and Gunslingers, at the...

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Counterpoint : Reich Bach at Ya!

The truth of music in 2013 is that we don't really need a masterpiece right now. We need a higher grade of ordinary....

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Nhoah : Tangowerk

Nhoah's reappraisal of Tango is painted in bold strokes, dappling the Argentianian rhythms and Iberian histrionics with electronica and sequenced beats, rather than vice versa....

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Patrick Wolf : Live, Teatro Lara, Madrid

'Sometimes I'm a fuckup', he explains, 'but I kinda think that's what you like about me'....

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Salif Keita : Talé

Salif Keita 's voice is outside of time, although steeped in place(s). If you wish to call someone, he once stated, call them with music. In present-day Mali, that's got to be worth a try....

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Becoming Picasso : Courtauld Gallery

Picasso responded immediately to the art and culture that surrounded him in Paris – in the first part of 1901 he devoured the sights and excitement of the city and its artists. In the second part...

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Spaghetti Whores and Tasty Capers

Along with almost every highly-flavoured or highly-priced delicacy man has ever put to his lips, capers have been thought to have aphrodisiac properties...

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Hanging Offence: Arts Canteen

Arts Canteen is a new UK-based arts venture that explores intercultural artistic relationships between the Middle East and the UK. Trebuchet meets Kelvin De Veth, curator and link-maker....

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You’re Kidding! Portuguese Goat Stew [Recipe]

Just taste it. A warming hug of a stew, but with all of the ornery attitude, cunning, fastidiousness and bravado of the animal that went into it....

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Claudio Parentela

The rigidity of conventional responses to sexual imagery takes a beating in Parentela's collages - their brutal exposition of the flawed humanity beneath and beyond the adland exterior is made...

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Albums of the Year: Editor’s Picks

If Lana Del Rey, Flying Lotus or Grimes aren't on any Trebuchet lists this year, it's certainly not because we haven't heard them (indeed, how could we miss them?). And we're not coming over all...

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The Zolas: Ancient Mars

Piano/organ builds, picked guitar melodies, crunching riffs, and a lyrical approach that constructs vivid narratives using thematic language. It's funny, and fun, as well as being an almost perfect...

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Apples & Eve: Dionysus

Genre-adjectives for the four-track will congregate around the word 'folk', mostly because there's a violin in there. Or a fiddle. Call it what you will. ...

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Can ‘Khan’ Oral – Angels of Disguise

As a jumping-off point for facetious gasbagging of just about any moral, political, religious or personal viewpoint, pornography is a gift to the commentator in love with the sound of his or her own...

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DELS: Black Salad [EP]

The 'puttin' a bitch on the corner from the time I wuz fourteen, chill wit' my niggas, emceed my way up from the gutters' narrative that still, incomprehensibly, provides mid-west cornfed WASPs with...

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Cedric de Smedt: Illustrator

Cédric De Smedt illustrates torment and despair without flinching....

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One Mile an Hour [Album]

Perhaps the music should be taken in the context of entertainment to fill six months of darkness with little more than cod heads, limpets and puffin broth for sensual pleasures. ...

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Dylan Mondegreen [Album Review]

A soft-voiced collection of slick popsongs in the fey, beta-male mode...

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Redrails [Album]

Challenging, Redrails most certainly is. Rewarding, in equal measure. Intriguing, and destined to be the source of many hours spent, headphones on, grasping to find the mental setting in which it all...

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Constellation des Carpates: Eglise de Seignosse le Penon [Live]

Writing about live music on the Capbreton-Hossegor-Seignosse strip of South-Western France has the tendency to become a 'What I did On My Holidays' essay. An essay featuring more blonde-dreadlocked...

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Peter Broderick: These Walls of Mine

‘…composing and playing music is just a pretty sophisticated way to do those things we do, but why? Because we were separated in the big bang – and are now endlessly trying to find...

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