Sunday, 11 March 2012
R2 (Rock N Reel) – March/April 2012
Issue #32 of R2 Rock N Reel landed here over the weekend. This issue I've got an 'Insight' interview with Mr Bevis Frond himself, Nick Saloman, on his recently ended sabbatical from the music industry and the marvellous new Frond album The Leaving of London and another 'Insight' piece with the wonderful Hazel O'Connor on her recent three-way album with Claire Hirst and Sarah Fisher, I Give You My Sunshine. Both interviews ran much longer than the 600 words of an R2 Insight piece and 'unused' bits may well appear here in due course. I'm also in the review pages writing about a number of new CD releases of which the most interesting to blog readers will be the intricate and intelligent album by Andrew Keeling & Otherworld [Keeling is an author of a King Crimson study and has collaborated with Crimson violinist David Cross), Bells of Heaven, and the folk, sometimes dark folk, album of Totnes-based Mae Karthauser's Mae and the Midnight Horses album Black Horses. Next issue is their annual festivals special – watch out for that one in a couple of months time.