4**** Death Shanties “Nunatak” review in The List

“When Alex Neilson launched his folk-rock project Trembling Bells, he spoke of having fallen out of love with improvisation, preferring to focus on songwriting. Five years on, the drummer fervently reconnects with free music, unleashing Death Shanties, a free jazz trio featuring painter Lucy Stein, whose live abstractions are projected while Neilson and saxophonist Sybren Renema blast away. While that third element becomes a ghost on record, Nunatak successfully captures the emergent group’s rough-hewn sound. Less punk-primitive than Neilson’s previous free jazz outfit Tight Meat, Death Shanties jive on the weird synergy between Neilson and Renema, finding room for snatches of folk and blues amidst the exploded forms. Neilson’s singular rhythmic conceptions see him eschewing bop-like fluidity for lopsided clatter and avant-caveman stomps, while Renema coaxes sounds both tender and bloody from his baritone and alto horns. Scottish free jazz rises again.”
Stewart Smith, The List, April 2013

Alex’s Shindig! article on Mike Heron & more tour dates announced

Check out the new Shindig! magazine to read Alex’s extensive article on Mike Heron of Incredible String Band a head of their July UK tour together….http://www.shindig-magazine.com/SD32.html

Quietus review of “Bonnie Bells of Oxford”

Thanks to Scott McKeating for his wonderful review of our live album ‘The Bonnie Bells of Oxford’ on The Quietus website

Alex’s “Bonnie Bells of Oxford” blog for Central Station

Alex wrote a blog for art website, Central Station, about his experiences playing with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, culminating in their live album, “Bonnie Bells of Oxford” read the article here.