Hayley Thompson-King “Large Hall, Slow Decay” – Listen

Boston, MA-based fuzz-americana artist (another new genre is born) Hayley Thompson-King cryptically refers to her debut solo album, “Psychotic Melancholia”, as a “Sodom and Gomorrah concept album” influenced by her childhood obsession with the so-called wicked women in the bible. Opening track Large Hall, Slow Decay is a blazing country ripper directed at a former bandmate with whom Thompson-King had a harsh break-up. The title also references the reverb effect that reminds her of this time in her musical life. But Thompson-King doesn’t need to hide behind effects when it comes to her vocals. Hear for yourself.

Daniel Martin Moore “Turned Over To Dreams” (Sofaburn Records, 2017)

Almost an album of lullabies, Turned Over To Dreams was recorded after Kentucky writer Moore discovered that close friends of his had used one of his previous albums to lull their child to sleep. A singer in the vein of Sufjan Stevens Moore certainly has a crepuscular quality to his voice, a breathy whisper of sorts floating gently over muted song arrangements. Continue reading “Daniel Martin Moore “Turned Over To Dreams” (Sofaburn Records, 2017)”

Cattle and Cane announce UK dates

Siblings Joe and Helen Hammill aka Cattle & Cane are heading out across the UK for an acoustic tour this September. They will be joined by their brother Fran on piano and guitarist Thom Fripp for the stripped-back dates, which include four shows with Jake Isaac as well as, amongst others, intimate gigs in a launderette, a library and a deli. Wash, read and eat your way through them.  Here are those dates (some of which you have to endure The Shires to attend – or you could just nip to the bar) Continue reading “Cattle and Cane announce UK dates”

Wilco appear on new Linda Perhacs album

Well most of them do anyway. Hope you had a good weekend one and all. Uncut report on the slightly shorter wait between the new album and its predecessor than last time around (44 years to be precise): “Linda Perhacs is releasing a new album, I’m A Harmony, on September 22, through Omnivore Recordings. The album has been produced by Wilco’s Pat Sansone, with Perhacs and Fernando Perdomo. Guests on the record include Devendra Banhart, Julia Holter, Wilco’s Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche and John Stirratt and producer/remixer Mark Pritchard.  Continue reading “Wilco appear on new Linda Perhacs album”

Buford Pope “Blue Eyed Boy” (Unchained, 2017)

When Pope landed his fourth album, ‘Sticks in the Throat’, a few years back I had the sense he was about to explode, it was the best album that year, by some margin.  It was a plethora of punchy, rocking Americana.  It had everything – a good looking, cool guy, huge hooks, great riffs and a rock n’ roll attitude – particularly as English isn’t even his first language.  Strangely it seemed to pass the world by. Continue reading “Buford Pope “Blue Eyed Boy” (Unchained, 2017)”

Neil Young exhumes rare solo acoustic album “Hitchhiker”

Some exciting news from Consequence of Sound this morning: “On September 8th, Neil Young will open up his vaults to reveal a previously unreleased solo acoustic album. Titled Hitchhiker, it was originally recorded back in 1976 and spans 10 tracks, including two that have never been commercially released until now. Hitchhiker was recorded at Indigo Studios in Malibu, California in just one single session. Continue reading “Neil Young exhumes rare solo acoustic album “Hitchhiker””