One thing that is certain, Miranda Lee Richards has created in Existential Beast an album of some astonishing beauty. Profound of lyrics, gorgeous in the playing, sung with a voice which embodies an unearthly allure. Every song has an emotional resonance, a soul satisfying lyrical depth, even as Miranda Lee Richards dances elegantly and effortlessly across styles, claiming each one as representing her own special musical affinity, before pirouetting to another with which she sounds as equally at home. Continue reading “Miranda Lee Richards “Existential Beast” (Invisible Hands Music, 2017)”
This is a fine compilation of four complete albums from the early seventies by duo Brewer & Shipley. Whilst they have much in common with similar vocal groups of the time, they differ in that they were not based in sunny California but preferred the Midwest, settling in Kansas City. Therefore the style is a little more rootsy than the smoother fare from CSN and the other LA balladeers which sets this compilation apart and for anyone not familiar with their work, opens a door into a whole new world of early seventies country /folk rock. Continue reading “Brewer and Shipley “Tarkio / Weeds / Shake Off The Demon / Rural Space” (Floating World 2017)”
Hannah Aldridge is the sort of artist that others hate and secretly wish they were; beautiful, gorgeous voiced and one hell of a song writer – if you want it dark, and probably somebody will die, which I do. From Muscle Shoals, Alabama, she writes gothic roots noir that is brutal, yet delivered with a glint in her eye, a winning smile and a knife behind her back. Continue reading “Interview: Hannah Aldridge”
The music of Canadian band Port Cities balances Nashville with Nova Scotia into a rustic and atmospheric sound, with an indie intimacy that betrays the band’s globe-trotting ambitions – 2017 sees them embark upon their second cross-Canadian and European tours. Their new single Where Have You Been has some nice oozing harmonies and intricate slide guitar. As band member Carleton Stone explains, “One thing we all seem to connect with lyrically is showing a less-than-perfect idea of love, and not being scared to talk about how everything is not great, or call out a lot of what normal, traditional love songs would be about.” As a bonus the song has been marked “clean” too so you can play it to your mum.
Dale Boyle is a Canadian, Montreal-based, roots singer-songwriter and recording artist. His songwriting reflects a range of musical influences, and has earned various award wins including the International Songwriting Competition (2nd place winner in the “Americana” category); Narrative Song Competition (1st place Winner) and Lys Blues Songwriter of the Year award (1st place Winner). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dale Boyle”
As American bluegrass/roots music is essentially born of Celtic roots music, the emerging success of I Draw Slow in the USA is no surprise, although I Draw Slow is quite a strange band name – whether it relates to pencil and paper or six gun skills is a mystery hereabouts. The line that separates these two folk sides of the Atlantic, musically, is indecipherably thin, arguably non-existent. The voices of Louise and Dave Holden dart between the shores with ease and grace, showing strength and subtlety in the right places from Dublin to the Carolinas. Continue reading “I Draw Slow “Turn Your Face To The Sun” (Compass Records, 2017)”
If you’re a fan of the mawkish show then why not soundtrack your own life with its original music? Pitchfork reports:”The music from the first season of “This Is Us”—NBC’s tear-jerking, time-jumping drama series about a tight-knit family in Pittsburgh, Penn.—will be collected on a new soundtrack album, due September 15 via uME. The set features songs by Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Jim James, and more, as well as a cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’” by Mandy Moore, who also stars in the show. See the full tracklist below. “This Is Us” returns to NBC for its second season on September 26.” Continue reading “Nick Drake and Wilco appear on “This is Us” soundtrack”