A writer and musician from England. You can also find him writing at The Quietus, Attitude, and Record Collector. In the autumn and winter you are more likely to find him watching repeats of Poirot on ITV3.
Following on from last year's reissue of her early records and demos, PJ Harvey has just released an expanded version of her 1998 album Is This Desire? Matthew Barton revisits the record and its newly released demos, exploring the mind of a songwriter in artistic turmoil.
With Joni Mitchell Archives – Volume 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), the songwriter's early songs have been rediscovered, rescued, and reclaimed for a new audience. A sumptuous package collecting five discs of material that span the first four years of her career, together with a 36-page booklet featuring the aforementioned Crowe interview, photos from Mitchell's archive, and reproduced press cuttings, this is a mouth-watering and significant first entry in what promises to be an intriguing archival series.