Steve Grozier “Take My Leave” (Batcat Records, 2016)

steve-grozier-2016Steve Grozier has had the four songs which make up the Take My Leave EP knocking around unrecorded for more than a decade. Not stuffed, half forgotten, in a draw like some embarrassing half finished first draft of a novel. Nope these songs which document the part of his life spent living in Toronto have remained in the Scottish singer-songwriters’ set lists, it’s just that they’ve been newly polished up through being played in a band setting. The presence of a rhythm section and additional guitars has changed them enough to make Grozier keen to record them – and it’s easy to hear why. Continue reading “Steve Grozier “Take My Leave” (Batcat Records, 2016)”

Underhill Rose Announce UK Dates

Acclaimed North Carolina folk-Americana trio Underhill Rose have announced November Ireland/UK tour dates promoting their new album “The Great Tomorrow.”  To coincide with the November tour, the group will release its first holiday-themed single, ‘One Time a Year’, again produced by Cruz Contreras (The Black Lillies). Says Underhill: “The overarching idea is that the holidays are a time to be together, no matter who you are or where you live. The song is about gratitude for having that special time each year, and this tour will definitely be a special time for us.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song go to Women for Women International. Continue reading “Underhill Rose Announce UK Dates”

Wovenhand “Star Treatment” (Glitterhouse, 2016)

wovenhandIt’s to his credit that David Eugene Edwards has chosen to make his most difficult record for some while. It is midway through the third track, ‘The Hired Hand’ before the unremitting weight is leavened and this is by a chorus which is ‘give up your dead’ repeated. ‘Crystal Palace’ takes the Cure’s ‘Pornography’ as a starting point and achieves the difficult task of matching it for oppressive gloom. Continue reading “Wovenhand “Star Treatment” (Glitterhouse, 2016)”

Fleet Fox Pecknold Working on New Solo Album

Pitchfork excitingly reports: “Robin Pecknold has released some songs this year and has maintained that Fleet Foxes are at work on a new record. Today, he shared a snippet of music that’s apparently intended for an upcoming solo album. “FF record kind of crazy/vast so working on ‘putting babies to sleep/living my truth’ palliative solo album on off days,” he wrote. It’s one of a few snippets he’s shared in the recent past, so check out some samples of new music that’s either Fleet Foxes or solo Pecknold below.” Continue reading “Fleet Fox Pecknold Working on New Solo Album”

Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)

mandolin-orange-2016The fifth album from this American duo is, and there is no other word for it, lovely.  They’ve added a band this time out but it’s their playing and singing that dominates, as it should.  There are some lovely fragile harmonies, some lovely mandolin work and the whole album is awash with fine melodies.  A streak of county classicism runs through their work so that you can hear nods to and influences from everyone from the Carter Family to Emmylou Harris. Continue reading “Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)”