Nicholas Allbrook: “Manganese” (Review & Stream)

“Did you row those hidden canals of the sky/ Behind black velvet curtains?” Nicholas Allbrook, wrapped in melancholic synth pop, says goodbye to a friend who lies cold and blue in front of him, hoping that the afterlife is a better place than this world here and that the dead live on. Jackie concludes Manganese, the fourth solo album by the co-founders of Australian psychedelic rock band Pond.

Weird pop goodies

On the record he collects weird pop treasures: “Commodore” radiates lo-fi charm with a cute bass line and hook, the title song sounds like the psychedelic echo of an old soul ballad, “Mazda” spins in circles to electro beats, and Allbrook’s Father John Misty competes on The Night Before You Flew.


Father John Misty :: “Chloë And The Next 20th Century” – Almost like a musical

The fearless songwriter returns to nostalgic orchestral opulence.

Father John Misty :: God’s Favorite Customer

A year after “Pure Comedy,” Josh Tillman strikes up a long, majestic, and slightly weary West Coast rock ballad

Father John Misty :: Pure Comedy

More endless fun with the hipster version of Elton John


Orchestrated provocation: Father John Misty at London’s Barbican

Our author Robert Rotifer writes about the American’s only concert in Europe for 2022

Elton John: “Most of the songs in the charts aren’t real songs”

As an old hand in the music industry, Elton John has seen a lot over the years. He takes a critical look at today’s chart culture, because hardly any “real songs” are played on the radio anymore.

Neil Young: “Harvest Moon” benefit concert with Norah Jones and Father John Misty

The three musicians will play a concert together on September 14, billed as “Harvest Moon: A Gathering.” But it’s not just the music that viewers can look forward to.