At the end of 2018, Kate Bush’s catalogue of albums was reissued as two expensive box sets. The first, covering the earlier albums, featured remasters of ‘The Kick Inside’, ‘Lionheart’, ‘Never For Ever’ and ‘The Dreaming’ for the first time. The big draw for most fans – especially those without a copy of the now rare 90s box set ‘This Woman’s Work’ – was the inclusion of several b-sides and non album tracks.
With that second set retailing at over £80, it seemed like a lot for fans to shell out, especially since there were still various b-sides and leftovers not included.
His name might not be instantly familiar to rock fans, but saxophonist Karl Denson was once a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band and has been a touring member of The Rolling Stones since 2014.
Regarding his jazz and funk oriented day job, he co-founded the excellent jazz-funk band Greyboy Allstars and has recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Stanton Moore, Dave Holland and others, as well as maintaining a fairly prolific solo career with his own Tiny Universe.
Swedish retro rockers The Riven are set to return on March 1st with their new self-titled opus. ‘The Riven’ follows 2017’s ‘Blackbird’ EP and is better in almost every respect.
Fans of the EP can expect similar 70s influenced sounds on the upcoming full-length, only this time, the great riffs are complimented with better songwriting and much better production values. The album is a hard rock highlight of 2019’s first quarter.
Combining the talents of Blanc Faces vocalist Robbie LaBlanc and Chilean multi-instrumentalist Daniel Flores, Find Me are a band that recycle classic 80s rock sounds with love. The musicians were brought together by Frontiers Records’ President Serifino Perugino in 2013 to try and fulfil his dream of creating “the perfect AOR record”. Their debut album ‘Wings of Love’ was an excellent example of the genre, though measured against many of the 80s classics, to call it “perfect” would, perhaps, be a little overzealous. The odd thing is that Perugino had something close to his dream under his nose the whole time with Work of Art’s 2008 debut ‘Artwork’, but nevertheless, he wanted more. The fans loved it, of course; the reviews were almost all positive and Find Me eventually recorded a second album at the end of 2015.
As the next couple of years ticked by, with Flores reconvening The Murder of My Sweet in 2017 and working with Palace in 2018 and no word from LeBlanc, a third Find Me record seemed increasingly unlikely. …And then, at the beginning of 2019, the band announced their big return…much to the delight of most who’d followed them previously.
In 2017, King Black Acid returned with the ‘Twin Flames’ EP. Their best recording to date, the new material fused dream pop, prog rock and tinges of Mercury Rev to create a true underground classic. Later that year, a full length collaboration with The Crystal Unicorn gave the world a record that, although a little uneven, at its very best sounded like the music Flaming Lips had long forgotten how to make.