I should really be writing up a review of last night’s Bob Mould show but this evening I don’t feel capable of doing any more than churn out a couple of hundred words. So instead I’ll bring to your attention the new video from Emma Pollock for the brilliant single ‘Parks & Recreation’.

The new album ‘In Search of Harperfield’ seems to have won unanimous critical approval with it regularly being described as her best solo album to date.

After a few listens I’d not sure I’d go *quite* that far (yet) – if only because last album ‘The Law of Large Numbers’ is a particular favourite of mine.

But it’s certainly a cracking record which ranges from the rawer sounds of the likes of ‘Parks & Recreation’ and ‘Vacant Stare’ to songs which are strongly reminiscent of the orchestral pop of latter day Delgados such as ‘Intermission’ and ‘Dark Skies’.

It’s been a strong start to the new year with great records already from De Rosa, Tuff Love, Daughter, Nap Eyes and the Besnard Lakes and ‘In Search of Harperfield’ very much belongs in that company. A great record.

‘In Search of Harperfield’ is available from Chemikal Underground and all good record shops.

After a series of in stores to promote the new record Emma has full band shows in the UK as follows:

3rd March – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

9th March – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

15th March – Upstairs at the Garage, London

P.S. ETA for the Bob review probably Thursday.