KaiL Baxley “Beneath the Bones” (Antifragile, 2020)

“I’ve been running for such a long time”, sings KaiL Baxley on ‘Beneath the Bones’, the title track from his latest album. Indeed, it seems that he has, having lived a life that is almost filmic; full of highs and lows, strange characters and, finally, redemption. When he was a child his father ran out … Continue reading “KaiL Baxley “Beneath the Bones” (Antifragile, 2020)”

Track Premiere – Roses & Cigarettes “Bones On The Ground”

Roses & Cigarettes are a duo made up of singer Jenny Pagliaro and guitarist Angela Petrilli who hail from Los Angeles.  They are all set to release their second album ‘Echoes and Silence’ on the 22nd of this month and ‘Bones on the Ground‘ is the first single from the album.   It’s a song that Jenny … Continue reading “Track Premiere – Roses & Cigarettes “Bones On The Ground””

William Matheny “Strange Constellations” (Misra Records, 2017)

It’s rare to hear a debut album as accomplished as Strange Constellations – but then William Matheny isn’t exactly a completely fresh face on the music scene as he’s had a number of years in the Athens (Ohio) based Indy-folk band Southeast Engine. On his debut solo release William Matheny unarguably demonstrates that he’s honed … Continue reading “William Matheny “Strange Constellations” (Misra Records, 2017)”

Those Lavender Whales “My Bones are Singing” (Fork & Spoon Records, 2017)

There is a backstory to My Bones Are Singing, and although it’s not explicitly spelt out at any point on the album it’s so relevant that it can’t really be ignored. Before recording My Bones are Singing, Aaron Graves, who is Those Lavender Whales, had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour. Knowing this … Continue reading “Those Lavender Whales “My Bones are Singing” (Fork & Spoon Records, 2017)”

Smoke Fairies + John J Presley, Hoxton Hall, London, 6th February 2020

After a four year absence Smoke Fairies (Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies) have returned with a new album, the wonderfully drone heavy ‘Darkness Brings The Wonders Home’, and a smattering of gigs with more promised for later in the year. The new album takes their  sound further into the rock realm although they never really … Continue reading “Smoke Fairies + John J Presley, Hoxton Hall, London, 6th February 2020”

The Lone Bellow “Half Moon Light” (Dualtone Records, 2020)

The tracks ‘Intro’, ‘Interlude’ and ‘Finale’ on The Lone Bellow’s fourth studio album are all parts of a hymn. This may seem a little strange for a band hailing from Brooklyn, New York, but The Lone Bellow have nothing but the south running through their musical veins. We hear musical snatches in the first and … Continue reading “The Lone Bellow “Half Moon Light” (Dualtone Records, 2020)”

Interview: Gill Tee, co-founder of the Black Deer Festival

Gill Tee is one of the co-founders of the Black Deer Festival which takes place at Eridge Park in Kent between the 21st and 23rd of June. This year’s line up includes Band of Horses, The Shires, John Butler Trio and Kris Kristofferson.

Jo Schornikow “Secret Weapon” (Keeled Scales, 2019)

This album raised two questions – what are the furthest limits of Americana and how do you review music that is not inherently to your taste, but is likely to appeal to someone, somewhere?  Both these issues led to some interesting discussion with AUK headquarters.  Beware of investing in this debut offering if you think … Continue reading “Jo Schornikow “Secret Weapon” (Keeled Scales, 2019)”

Malojian “Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home (Deluxe)” (Quiet Arch, 2018)

In this case weirdness would seem to be a sardonic view of the world, somewhat akin to the albums of Father John Misty – and, like Josh Tillman, Northern Irish singer Stephen Scullion has adopted an anonymous moniker – Malojian – to perform under. Unlike Josh Tillman, Malojian’s music sits in a softly rocking folk … Continue reading “Malojian “Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home (Deluxe)” (Quiet Arch, 2018)”

Paul Simon “In The Blue Light” (Sony Music, 2018)

Almost two years following 2016’s magnificent ‘Stranger to Stranger,’ Paul Simon announced he was retiring from the road before embarking on the appropriately named “Homeward Bound – the Farewell Tour.”  Simon’s thoughts may have been on the past when he stepped in the studio to work on what would become his 14th studio album, ‘In the … Continue reading “Paul Simon “In The Blue Light” (Sony Music, 2018)”