Canadian singer-songwriter Trevor Alguire has in Perish The Light his sixth album, and with a wealth of travelling behind him back home and across Europe, he is a seasoned performer. No sooner does the needle drop onto the vinyl and Alguire establishes a groove as he shares stories of his worldly travels, speaks of love and of having to stand strong. “My Sweet Rosetta” produces an eerie piece of music for fellow Canadian, award winner Catherine MacLellan to perform a duet. Gritty, dark and foreboding through fine use of fiddle, Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Star) a moody and captivating canvas is painted. Continue reading “Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)”
The new album by Passenger “Young as the Morning Old as The Sea” is out today in various formats (including Spotify streaming) and it’s a lovely a collection of gentle folk-pop songs as you’re likely to hear, with lyrics that will no doubt still cut you to your core if you’re not careful. Listen with caution. Watch this short “making of” documentary if you’re intrigued to see more.
American singer-songwriter Adam Torres’ pathway to become a fully committed recording artist has taken longer than it might. I can’t help but think his teaching and voluntary work, in rural villages in the Ecuadorian Andes (and other projects) since his 2006 debut has made the 30 year-old act a more rounded human being and instructed songwriter. Continue reading “Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum, 2016)”
American singer-songwriter Ben Bedford’s fourth album is one of a plaintive, pure open sounding recording. The sound was obtained through utilising the acoustics of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois. The Pilot And The Flying Machine was recorded over five days in January of this year, Bedford (acoustic guitar, vocals) and his touring partner of the past two years, Diederik van Wassenaer (violin, viola) and Ethan Jodziewicz (double bass) plus his wife, Kari Bedford who performs graceful harmony vocals. Jodziewicz studied under the legendary Edgar Meyer; and in turn is linked with him when engineer David Sinko (Punch Brothers, Meyer, Yo Yo Ma) does the honours in the department. Continue reading “Ben Bedford “The Pilot And The Flying Machine” (Waterbug Records, 2016)”
Uncut reports: “Neil Young has released a new song, “Indian Givers“. The song protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. You can read the full lyrics below. Young has previously protested against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2014. Young and Willie Nelson also staged a concert that same year lobbying against Keystone.” Continue reading “Neil Young Releases New Track Online – Watch”
A bit overly complicated, you just want Cook to make a record, and forget the Frisbee spin off game sleeves etc. Musically it is very appealing, lyrically hilarious; “Judging from the angle of the sun its beer o’clock is good that said, as is a “cluster folk”. Recorded in a weekend, recorded live off the floor, it sounds like chums having a good time. Continue reading “Scott Cook and the Long Weekends “Go Long” (Groove Revival, 2016)”
It’s hard not to draw comparisons to other female singers and songwriters whilst listening to this record, as it has so many of them referenced along the way, it is such a striking lineage you find yourself trying to place the reference constantly. Briggs will clearly be enjoyed by the fans of artists like Bush, King, Chapman, Armatrading and Mitchell; and is deserving of that company. Continue reading “Hattie Briggs “Young Runaways” (Wise Dog Records, 2016)”
An album of late night laments, jazz infusions and electronic flourishes reminds me of the late Colin Vearncombe, ABC and David Sylvian. It does feel a little like a 80/90’s pop star making a ‘grown up’ record, and it is difficult to place in any genre, which is a relief. A really believed in record, top production, check out ‘Dreams Take Flight’ glockenspiel. Continue reading “Peter James Millson “The Red Café” (Ind, 2016)”
In Virgin, Utah, 3 musicians created an unlikely band. One is a classically trained violinist, one is a cowboy singer, and one plays Caribbean rhythm – creating what they see as a new kind of sound: desert music. Utah filmmaker Daniel Whitaker followed 3hattrio into the desert in this 8 minute piece to explore the landscape that inspires them.
There is a dichotomy that is going to run through this review – is it a review of a live gig or is it a review of a documentary film? Mogwai’s last album was the soundtrack for the film “Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise” and this concert neatly solved the problem of how to play music so closely tied to a visual presentation by playing it as an accompaniment to the film. It’s a neat, and near ideal, solution – as the film gains a lot of emotional punch by having the score presented live and at full Mogwai volume, but it does leave the band in the strange position of playing second fiddle to the strong images being projected whilst they themselves are lost in the stygian gloom of the barely lit stage. Continue reading “Mogwai: The Barbican, London – 15th September 2016”