VanWyck “Listen to you Breathe” – Listen

Just to show that it’s never too late to hear a contender for the song of the year, VanWyck’s Listen to you Breathe is, ironically, a breath taking piece of music.  An artist that has tried her hand at a variety of musical genres, here her singer-songwriter chops are unassailable, and the dramatic tension of this song – from her album An Average Woman due out in January – is undeniable.

Daisy Chapman “Good Luck Songs” (Songs & Whispers 2017)

Good Luck Songs is the third album from Bristol based Daisy Chapman who presents here an album of eight original songs and one remake of an old standard. With a distinctive soaring vocal she is able to set herself apart from other singer-songwriters with the opening title track being a perfect example. Effectively saying good luck in many languages the overall refrain is Kila la Kheri,  which appears to be that sentiment in Swahili, delivered over lush strings and choir. This really is a mesmerising and enchanting track. Continue reading “Daisy Chapman “Good Luck Songs” (Songs & Whispers 2017)”

Graham Nash: CSNY might reunite to fight Trump

FAKE NEWS!  Actually it’s not although don’t get your hopes up too much – the Independent is reporting this morning: “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fans: there’s a chance the band is getting back together. Well, at least according to one of the four members.  It’s no secret that band member Graham Nash has held some resentment toward musician David Crosby during the past two years. It’s gotten so heated that the possibility of a band reunion seemed like it was off the table. But now, Nash has spoken out and given us some hope. They’d have to be talking to each other first, however.  Continue reading “Graham Nash: CSNY might reunite to fight Trump”

Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs + The Disappointment Choir, The Institute, Kelvedon, 9 December 2017

When you see a band a like Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs and listen to their “East Angliacana” (sic) your first thought is “why aren’t this lot huge?  Or at least significantly bigger.”  This is said of many outfits of course but this lot really should be.  With four singers, all of whom can take lead or deliver great harmonies, casually excellent playing, particularly from Shane Kirk on guitar and “Fiddly” on, of course, fiddle, and a truck load of great songs – there wasn’t a single piece that could be classed as filler all night – they really are a class act.  “Not The Kind Of Girl”, resurrected from their previous incarnation as Songs From The Blue House, Tony Winn’s “What’s A Rainbow” and the loping “Harrogate” were perhaps highlights but throughout the set the band laid down a serious groove, rocked out when they needed to, sang their hearts out – Helen Mulley has a fabulously aching voice – and generally had a ball, as did the audience. Continue reading “Helen & the Neighbourhood Dogs + The Disappointment Choir, The Institute, Kelvedon, 9 December 2017”

Video: Prosecco Socialist “This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life)

Now this is AUK’s idea of a good Christmas song.  Prosecco Socialist are the new outfit formed by Dave Rotheray (ex-Beautiful South) and features Eleanor McEvoy and Hull legend Mike Greaves.  Don’t be confused by the title – this sits firmly into  the Fairytale Of New York Christmas song camp.

Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art

Excellent piece up on the ever more politically essential RS at the moment on some more hideous legislation (or lack of it).  Thank you Mr President once again.  They report: “On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether or not to repeal Net Neutrality, a decision about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that could impact – among so many other pillars of our country’s modern democracy – the future of music. And independent musicians, those who run a mainly DIY operation, are poised to be hurt the most. Continue reading “Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art”

Susto “& I’m Fine Today” (Rootsy Nu, 2017)

Charleston, South Carolina-based Susto embrace numerous genres as their music and lyrics dive headlong into the mind of the listener, their new album “I’m Fine Today” following their 2014 self-titled debut. Possessing an addictive draw, the band are fronted by lead vocalist Justin Osborne and guitarist, and songwriter Johnny Delaware, and are aided by Corey Campbell (guitar, bass, keys, backing vocals), Jordan Hicks (bass) and Marshall Hudson and Wolfgang Zimmerman (drums, percussion). Continue reading “Susto “& I’m Fine Today” (Rootsy Nu, 2017)”