Jon Boden “All the Stars are Coming Out Tonight” – Listen

12-time BBC Folk Award winner (greedy) and ex-Bellowhead frontman, Jon Boden has just shared his new single All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight in advance of his new solo album ‘Afterglow’ which arrives on October 6th via Hudson Records. Speaking about the new track, Boden says: “Without easy access to electric light and with a shortage of oil, our lives will again become bounded by the astronomical cycle of the universe, and our relationship with the stars will become closer, uninhibited by artificial light pollution. I wanted the stars to have a big presence in the album, particularly Orion who, as a ‘hunter’, is someone who our hero identifies with as he searches the city for a girl he knew once but hasn’t seen for many years.” And his car keys.

Courtney Marie Andrews, Bush Hall, London, 5th September 2017

This was the second of two packed nights at Bush Hall and Courtney Marie Andrews and her band took to the stage and launched into Rookie Dreaming, the opening track from her current album Honest Life. Andrews’ vocals and her appearance at once suggest that you could be watching a young Joni Mitchell but it does not take long to be swept up into Andrew’s world. And although you occasionally get a jolt of how Joni Mitchell like she is on certain tracks, this does not detract from the enjoyment of listening to Andrews and her band. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews, Bush Hall, London, 5th September 2017”

Ryan Adams contributes to new covers album

Although happen you won’t see many of the other names on AUK anytime soon. Also, Cyndi Lauper’s Christmas Conga must rank in the top 100 worst songs ever recorded. Stereogum reports: “Earlier this year, Tegan And Sara announced that they would be releasing a The Con covers album in honor of its 10th anniversary. Today, they’ve released the list of who is covering what and it’s pretty wild! Ryan Adams, Hayley Williams, CHVRCHES, Bleachers, Shura, Shamir, Mykki Blanco, Cyndi Lauper, and more are all contributing, plus there’s a team-up between Grimes and Hana called Trashique.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams contributes to new covers album”

Chris Tye “Stronger In Numbers” (Independent, 2017)

The singer-songwriter genre is heavily over saturated and sometimes it can seem a bit like anyone with a guitar and half a voice can record an album (whether it is of any quality or not) and get it out there but every once in a while you stumble across someone with a little spark about them, something that sets them apart from the rest. Chris Tye has that spark and ‘Stronger In Numbers’ is on fire. The album begins slowly with Feature Fight which is a brooding, building track with a brilliant falsetto chorus. However, it doesn’t stand out as a huge opening track and just as you think you can expect what is to come, the album steps up a gear and from that point the album is all killer, no filler. Continue reading “Chris Tye “Stronger In Numbers” (Independent, 2017)”

Deer Tick “Deer Tick Volume 1/Volume 2” (Partisan Records 2017)

In what is a slightly unusual move, Deer Tick have simultaneously released two albums of contrasting styles, their first for four years. Whilst being massively diverse in sound, both records actually do sit together very well to offer a full insight into a band in full creative flow. Volume 1 is acoustic with some folk edges and opens with a full-on John McCauley vocal on Sea of Clouds that certainly shakes the listener out of any preconceptions that this may be the “quieter” of the two albums. Continue reading “Deer Tick “Deer Tick Volume 1/Volume 2” (Partisan Records 2017)”

Neil Young “Hitchhiker” (Reprise 2017)

This is truly lost treasure indeed. In the midst of a purple patch (that most artists never see) in the year 1976 Neil Young went into the studio with his drug buddy producer David Briggs. They took with them some dope, some coke, some new songs and sense of artistry that perhaps has disappeared in the interim. With the simple question “Are you ready Briggs?” Young launches into a single night’s recording wherein he laid down 10, in any language, classic tracks. Continue reading “Neil Young “Hitchhiker” (Reprise 2017)”

The Mining Co. “Mountain Fires” – Listen

The new album from London based indie-folksters The Mining Co. looks back to a different time: “a time of total freedom, a wild childhood, long days and nights spent listening to radio stations like Radio Luxembourg, before the internet and before mobile phone communication and the start of a love for music: Elvis, Springsteen, New Wave: the soundtrack to love – come, gone and missed – a celebration to the past that still shines brightly.”  That’s what the PR says although from personal experience, childhoods in the 80s were Jimmy Young, music drowned in over production and being tucked up in bed by about 5.30pm with cauliflower cheese (again).  This track from it is still lovely.

Paul Brady “Unfinished Business” (Proper, 2017)

With Bob Dylan having declared Paul Brady to be a “secret hero” of his, you know there’s got to be some serious pedigree from an artist in a career spanning some 54 years now. ‘Unfinished Business,’ Brady’s 15th solo album, features nine new compositions and two traditional folk songs. After a hiatus of 7 years since the release of his last album ‘Hobart Dooba,’ the music on ‘Unfinished Business’ is as eclectic as many of his previous studio releases, moving from the jazzy influenced title track, with lovely shared harmony vocals – to more up-tempo, humorous numbers such as ‘I Love You But You Love Him.’ The latter starts off like a paen to shared domestic bliss with Paul Brady singing the merits of his and his respective partner’s differing interests with clever wordplay – until the payoff chorus kicks in with, “I love you, but you love him.” Continue reading “Paul Brady “Unfinished Business” (Proper, 2017)”