Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)

Lucy Kitchen’s songs are intimate in that they are often love songs, and the performances and backing are closely arranged around her voice, which is a thing of some beauty. It is the voice that dominates; the songs of loss like Searching for Land or He is Lost to Me suit her perfectly. In atmosphere the songs have something of Nick Drake about them. Hollow has that peculiarly bucolic jazzy feel; it’s folk music but it’s reaching out to other forms. Those other forms include the usual bedfellows like country – the billowing of pedal steel on Lovers In Blue doesn’t overwhelm, it just does its job of counterpointing the harmonies. It’s interesting that when the strings arrive they are formal violins rather than the fiddles you might expect, so the pedal steel, when it returns, seems quite maverick. Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)”

Charlotte Carpenter “Shelter” – Listen

Charlotte Carpenter has announced her new EP “Shelter” which will be released on October 20th via her own label Let It Go Records. Born in Northampton, Carpenter has been free-wheeling her blues driven songs around the UK via a series of EP releases and festival appearances and is building towards the release of her debut album, calling to mind artists such as Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett and lead track Shelter is both melodic and immediate with a real pace to it. Head below the clip for those dates.

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Will Stratton blitzes England with November dates

18 of them to be precise. Following his sold–out show at the Slaughtered Lamb last week, in support of his new album “Rosewood Almanac”, Will Stratton has announced news of a busy autumn touring schedule. Stratton will first join The Weather Station for their 8–date European tour, before hooking up with John Smith for an extensive tour throughout November, and he’ll also play a headline show in Winchester. Mojo has compared him to Jackson Browne and Nick Drake, Louder Than War to Elliot Smith, Sufjan Stevens and also Nick Drake, which means he definitely sounds like Nick Drake at least.  Have a gander at the lovely animated video for his song “Some Ride” below, along with the tour dates. Continue reading “Will Stratton blitzes England with November dates”

Fairport Convention “Come All Ye – The First Ten Years” (UMC, 2017)

If someone were to have lived in a cave for the past five decades and have no knowledge of popular culture, or if, perhaps for some unknown reason, a person was magically ignorant of all the interesting things that people do with sound waves (whether or not they know it’s called “music”), then they might find themselves in a position where a friend, distant cousin or trusted barber might say “I see Fairport Convention have a new box-set out” and their reply would be a terse “Who?”. Continue reading “Fairport Convention “Come All Ye – The First Ten Years” (UMC, 2017)”

Breadfoot announces dates for this month

And some Norway ones too. And some NYC ones! Breadfoot hails from the East River Delta and apparently “digs his whiskey neat and his coffee black”. He’s a one-man band whose idiosyncratic take on life and wide range of influences from The Carter Family and The Sherman Brothers to Tom Waits and X fuels his brand of Tin Pan Americana that he will be bringing to various places this September and October, complete with steel body resonator and a suit case kick drum that he built himself.  All the dates bar one are in Greater London but if you’re in Manchester you’re also in luck.  He’s one of those charismatic stellar acts with a great stage presence, and if you don’t believe us (hostile..) then just watch the clip below. Continue reading “Breadfoot announces dates for this month”

Prinz Grizzley “Come On In” (Independent Release, 2017)

Prinz Grizzley is Chris Comper, an Austrian with his heart in American music. His rural upbringing helped developed a love and passion for the way of life and the music that this landscape inspires. With an eye across the pond Comper, even when dabbling in indie rock/pop, remained inspired by folk, blues and country. Come on In is the first product of that long-standing influence and sits firmly in the country camp. Comper has written all these songs and, with the thread of Aaron Goldstein’s pedal steel running throughout, it is actually hard to believe that they originate from Austria rather than Nashville. In fact, the majority of the songs are better than much of what currently originates from that mainstream conveyor belt of mediocrity; as if Comper has taken the best of it and used his European filter to deliver a product upgrade. Continue reading “Prinz Grizzley “Come On In” (Independent Release, 2017)”

Lost Horizons “She Led Me Away” – Listen

This is absolutely perfect for a wet Tuesday morning in September – the new band from Simon Raymonde (founder of the Bella Union label) is a collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas, who release their debut album, Ojalá, on 3rd November on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. (Oj, it’s out on Bella Union). The track features former Midlaker Tim Smith on vocals  which is as Raymonde describes it “as rare as a sighting of the Siberian dusky thrush.” In the absence of that, this will more than do.

Video premiere: Brad Peterson “Unbroken”

Chicago based singer-songwriter Brad Peterson has been described as “exemplifying the ethos of the independent-intrepid musician” and this new track from him is lovely, buzzing with nice harmonies and a bit of jangle. He told us: “I often consider the image of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, which stood unbroken amongst the rubble and ruins after the blitz in 1940. Winston Churchill said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going…” This idea is applicable to my own life and playing my drum kit has become a form of therapy -both physically and mentally. Unbroken was born out of a rhythmic exercise.” Note this is probably the first and last time we’ll have a quote from a Tory politician gracing the site, although every time someone gives you a fiver now he’s unavoidable – que sera, sera.