Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)

Well, here’s a thing we’ve been waiting for: another subdivision of the Americana genre, with Elouise Walker and her band declaring their sound to be Blackgrass. It’s distinctive from the already familiar Southern Gothic by (for the most part) eschewing the overtly “spooky” overtones and concentrating more on dissipation, disassociation and a generally downtrodden and bleak outlook on life – and then coupling that with reworked Bluegrass and Old Timey standards. Amazing Grace, to just take one such, swings back and forth like a drunken addict mumbling to herself in a cracked and wheezing vocal which carries little conviction of the reality of the salvation that’s being claimed. Continue reading “Elouise “Deep Water” (Independent, 2016)”

Martha Tilston releases double A-side to preview new album: Listen

Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album “Nomad” which will be released via Squiggly Records on May 12th. Her seventh album to date, it will be preceded by the double A-side single Nomad Blood/Little Arrow, and there’ll be UK tour dates to follow.  Previously part of the duo Mouse, Martha Tilston – who is the daughter of Steve Tilston – has gone on to pursue a nice little solo career, receiving a nomination for Best New Act at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards alongside collaborations with Zero 7, J-Spool and Tru Thoughts Records. The new album was born while Tilston and her collaborators were recording her previous album “The Sea” hidden away in a seaside cottage in Cornwall. Listen to (both sides of) the new single, which also has rather fetching cover art, below. Continue reading “Martha Tilston releases double A-side to preview new album: Listen”

Passenger releases anti-Trump song for refugees – Watch

We can’t tell you how heart-warming this little number is – the sentiments might be laid on thick but there’s more than a hint of humour in it, it’s not your traditional angsty protest song. As Rosenberg writes on his site: “Let me start by saying I have never felt the need to write a song like this before. I am by no means an expert in global politics nor feel that my opinion should be any more valued than the next guy. I do feel however that we all have a responsibility to speak out about the things that we believe in, whatever they may be and in whatever fashion we choose. This should be a basic right for everybody.” Continue reading “Passenger releases anti-Trump song for refugees – Watch”

Aaron Lee Tasjan “Silver Tears” (New West, 2016)

The cover image for Aaron Lee Tasjan’s latest release shows him sporting a two-piece suit entirely bejeweled with 10p-coin-sized silver sequins (or quarter-sized, in US coinage). Looking at this scaly, Stetson-wearing disco ball of a merman glisten in the sun, one can’t help but think “OK, this is going to be quirky. And not necessarily in a good way”. Fortunately, any suspicions of empty showmanship are dismissed from the very first moments of playback. The opener Hard Life is air-tight, with a 70s funky groove rolling slowly but assuredly forward, carrying playfully witty lyrics along with it. It sets the tone for the rest of the record nicely, “tight” and “70s” being keywords here. Continue reading “Aaron Lee Tasjan “Silver Tears” (New West, 2016)”

Ryan Adams performs songs from “Prisoner” on Jimmy Fallon show

And the stream isn’t blocked in the UK for once. Morning! Rolling Stone reports: “Ryan Adams stopped by The Tonight Show Friday to perform a pair of tracks off his just-released LP Prisoner. “[Prisoner] got crazy good reviews. It is so good. Buy it, stream it, download it, whatever you can do with albums nowadays,” Jimmy Fallon said of Adams’ breakup album prior to the performance, with guest Joel McHale adding, “Steal it!”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams performs songs from “Prisoner” on Jimmy Fallon show”

Ryan Adams announces UK and Ireland Dates

We’d quibble maybe with NME’s use of the word “huge” here (although if Donald Trump was his tour manager he’d probably use the words “biggest ever!”) but they report:”Ryan Adams has announced details of a huge UK and Ireland tour. See full dates and ticket details below. Today sees the release of Adams’ acclaimed new album ‘Prisoner‘, and know he’ll be heading out on a huge UK jaunt kicking off in September and culminating in a huge night at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything,” Adams told NME about the writing of the album.”I felt like I needed to tell a story – the story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could. I wanted to avoid feeling like playing guitar on a soapbox…like some f**king bulls**t about life pains. I don’t want to be that person and that’s not the point of what I’m trying to do.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams announces UK and Ireland Dates”