Charlie Bertsch / 13 May 2020

The Power of Failing

Lorenzo Senni’s Scacco Matto

Scacco Matto sounds like a mosaic of Europop hits from the early 1980s. The album is made from pieces so tiny, their arrangement so abstract, that it transcends the referentiality of so much postmodern music.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 04 Dec 2019

Britain in Fragments

Lee Gamble’s Exhaust

Lee Gamble’s new almost-LP, Exhaust, is not easy to like. Every time one of its eight tracks seems to settle into a groove, it suddenly darts off in a different direction. The patterns that do repeat are usually too complicated to remember before the record has been played many times over. (...)

Charlie Bertsch / 18 Sep 2019

Lost in the Wilderness

Wolfgang Voigt’s Germany

When I was little, my German grandfather used to complain that American woodlands were not properly managed. At the time, I figured that this was just another one of his button-pushing remarks, designed to lure people into the sort of debate he loved. (...)