Son of Town Hall are is a transatlantic collaboration between David Berkeley and Ben Parker and this is their new single. With something of a more rustic Simon and Garfunkel about it, it’s a fine song about life’s mysteries. The video, directed by Arthur Studholme, is excellent too and suitably surreal. You can pre-order their album here and they’re on tour in November too, dates here, check them out.
It’s always a surprise to come across someone for the first time who’s actually been making music for ages – in Simon Joyner’s case 17 years and as many albums, not so much because it’s new but more “why has nobody heard of this guy?”, as he fits as snugly into the Americana genre as you could wish. ‘Pocket Moon’ has eleven quiet, meditative songs that he half sings, half speaks in a manner that recalls both Townes van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, which can’t be bad. He has a way with imagery (see “your lover who flickered in a tea candle suit/on his catholic knees, a grape skin on his tooth” from ‘Tongue Of A Child’ or “the town of tears and tumbleweed” in ‘The Last Time I Saw You, Billy’) and the music lets the words breathe, hovering as it does somewhere between the most stripped back desert blues and mid-volume Cowboy Junkies. Continue reading “Simon Joyner “Pocket Moon” (BB*Island, 2019)”
An extra video today and it’s a lovely one with animation by Brook Morgan. It accompanies this great gospel-style song from London’s Hunter Gatherers, which is their new single and available now.
An excellent song here from the great Frazey Ford, her first new music in five years. A timely call to action, it’s accompanied by a powerful video too.
From her excellent album ‘When You’re Ready‘, this is a new video for her song ‘Don’t Let Go‘, a fresh, delicate and quite captivating ballad that sits somewhere between country and folk. She’s doing a brief European tour starting October 27th as well, dates below the video.
Scottish singer-songwriter released his latest (and excellent) album ‘Compass‘ earlier this year and this is a great live version of one of the songs from it. You can pick up a copy of the album here.
Now this is rather nice. It’s the debut single from The Frampton Sisters from Orkney and it’s out now. Delicate, tuneful and with lovely harmonies, we like it a lot.
A wonderful and fun video (which features Jess Morgan and Jack Harris) to accompany this great and wistfully sad song by Paul Mosley. It’s out as a single and also available on his excellent album ‘You’re Going To Die!‘
Here’s something good from Cincinnati outfit The Tillers, taken from their ‘Hand On The Plow’ album. This is a band that knows its Americana and can play it superbly. They’re on tour in the UK in November and well worth seeing, dates below the video.
AUK favourites Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish aka My Darling Clementine have a new EP out today, ‘Country Darkness Vol 1‘, a set of Elvis Costello covers. This is the lead song and excellent it is too. Better than the original? We couldn’t possibly comment…