Something Funny Happened On My Way To Utopia (self release)
This is Newcastle-based singer/songwriter Martin Thompson’s fourth album, and, as with his previous three, and due to the wonders of home-recording, he has played every note on it. And he remains as idiosyncratic as ever, writing pop songs that come out of the leftfield and addressing topics such as controversial Newcastle councillor T. Dan Smith, and the notion that his music sounds “Bowiesque” (Pull The Ladder Up, Jack – sounding, appropriately enough, like an off-cut from Aladdin Sane).
Songs For 20 Something Year Olds (self release)
Meiosis is actually Newcastle based Martin Thompson, a talented so-and-so who certainly knows his way around a wonky tune with added Scott Walker style flavours. There are touches of Bowie too (from the tuneful playfulness of his Hunky Dory period to the avant-clatter of Low). And you’ve got to love a tune called Roald Dahl which has the refrain: "We miss you… When I die, be dignified.