Video: The Penny Black Remedy “I’d Murder To Have You Back”

The excellent new single from London’s Penny Black Remedy, taken from their imminent third album Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations, has a classic country sound but with rather darker lyrics as the title suggests.  The album is released on November 24th with a launch at the Islington in London.

Sophia Marshall “Bye Bye” (Independent, 2017)

Following on from her solo debut EP last year comes a full album from Leicester’s Sophia Marshall, once half of the much missed Havenots.  It’s a slender little thing, with nine songs clocking in at a tad over thirty minutes but there’s much to like and indeed love.  All are Marshall originals bar Losing You, co-written with former Havenots partner Liam Dullaghan and it’s a little ironic that it’s the co-write that is the least successful piece here.  It’s catchy, poppy and boasts a great tune but just doesn’t quite seem to be Marshall in the way that the other songs are and some of the higher notes are somewhat strained. Continue reading “Sophia Marshall “Bye Bye” (Independent, 2017)”

Blue Rose Code “The Water Of Leith” (Navigator Records, 2017)

It has to be owned that after seeing Blue Rose Code deliver a live show a few years ago that could generously be described as lacklustre this reviewer has taken absolutely no interest in his music since.  Which on the evidence of this album would appear to be a massive mistake as “The Water Of Leith” is a work laden with beauty, possessed of depth, heart and soul and sounds simply gorgeous. Continue reading “Blue Rose Code “The Water Of Leith” (Navigator Records, 2017)”