Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week’s CD releases Toyah,”The Blue Meaning” (Cherry Red)- “The Blue Meaning” was the second album from Toyah Willcox and her like minded musical cohorts, first unleashed on an unsuspecting world in 1980 by Safari Records and capturing the sometimes fairly incoherent essence of her distinctive approach to music-making. The original release has now been hugely expanded by the good people at Cherry Red into a 2CD/DVD digipak with the addition of a grand total of 27 remastered bonus tracks from the archives, including assorted live tracks, demos, singles mixes and rarities,most notably the original version of her 1981 hit,”It’s A Mystery.” A recent interview and acoustic session from Toyah herself occupies much of the DVD ,along with rare BBC TV performances of “Mummies” and “Danced” from her creative heyday four decades ago.

Gnoss,”The Light of the Moon” (Black Fly Records)- The future of Scottish rock will be in safe hands as long as youthful outfits such as Gnoss are able to ply their trade with such flair and energy. The quartet have joined forces with Braebach’s James Lindsay on double bass as they unveil their first collection of entirely original material for your listening pleasure, a beguiling multi-textured package which strikes an attractive balance between sprightly instrumental pieces and affecting Aidan Moodie songs such as “The River,” “Cold Clay” and “Sun That Hugs The Ocean.”

MG Boulter,”Clifftown” (Hudson Records)-MG Boulter may operate firmly within the confines of the Americana genre but this gifted singer-songwriter’s perceptive creations are rooted much closer to home as he explores the dubious delights of a life spent by the British seaside.Boulter initially paid his dues as a musician on the Southend pub-rock circuit, and this seasoned performer’s latest offering boasts instrumental contributions from members of Bellowhead and Spiritualized as the poet laureate of the Thames estuary serves up his understated vignettes of contemporary suburban life with rare warmth,honesty and charm.