LPs 2014 – Part 1 (Nos 11-30 and Honourable Mentions)

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And now the start of the MPT countdown. Looking down the list there are some great records in here and, as last year, there’s a good few here which would have made the Top 10 in previous years.

So without any further ado here’s albums 11-30:

11. Withered Hand – New Gods

12. Randolph’s Leap – Clumsy Knot [Review]

13. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

14. Thurston Moore – The Best Day

15. Malibu Shark Attack! – Malibu Shark Attack

16. Algernon Doll – Omphalic

17. The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here …

18. Honeyblood – Honeyblood

19. The Mirror Trap – Stay Young [Review]

20. Synaesthete – Array [Review]

21. The Grand Gestures – Third [Review]

22. The Last Battle – Lay Your Burden Down [Review]

23. Hagana – One Year [Review]

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Study of writer Tim Cornwell, conte on paper 40 x 30 cm




Study of Eliza Cornwell, conte on paper 40 x 30 cm

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Keeping The Thread – The Grand Gestures interview

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As, hopefully you already know, the third Grand Gestures album ‘Third’ is officially released this Friday 19th December. It’s a worthy addition to the Grand Gestures canon and, having been fortunate enough to get a promo of the record, it’s was reviewed on the blog a few days ago.

Ahead of the record’s release, TGG main man Jan Burnett kindly gave up his time to discuss aspects of the new record and also take a look back at his musical year.

Rather than being a radical departure from the past albums Jan feels that ‘Third’ builds on the previous albums.

“I wanted to continue to explore creating moods and atmospheres, often chopping away rather a lot from the original piece.

‘Third’ once again adds to the range of singers who have contributed to Grand Gestures albums and Jan admits that it took a little while to pluck up the…

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What About Now? – The Grand Gestures LP review

manic pop thrills review of THIRD by the grand gestures

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December is something of a graveyard slot for album releases. With many end of year lists already compiled (but, folks, what’s the obscene rush?) it’s easy for albums released in December to get lost in the pre-Christmas rush. Although ‘Third’ by the Grand Gestures, isn’t scheduled for release until the Friday before Christmas (19th) it’s a gem which definitely doesn’t deserve to be lost in translation..

‘Third’ follows the same template as its two predecessors – low key electronica courtesy of Spare Spare’s Jan Burnett, supplemented by a diverse range of vocal talents. This time around, as well as old stagers Jill O’Sullivan and Sanjeev Kohli, the record features a number of new contributors such as Grahame Skinner and Goldie Cameron.

For a band called the Grand Gestures, Jan Burnett’s multi-vocalist ensemble at times seem short of, well, grand gestures. Indeed, if anything, the music on the third album in…

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