The fifth album from this American duo is, and there is no other word for it, lovely. They’ve added a band this time out but it’s their playing and singing that dominates, as it should. There are some lovely fragile harmonies, some lovely mandolin work and the whole album is awash with fine melodies. A streak of county classicism runs through their work so that you can hear nods to and influences from everyone from the Carter Family to Emmylou Harris. Continue reading “Mandolin Orange “Blindfaller” (Yep Roc, 2016)”
From the new album A Spanner In The Works.
Some fine blue collar rocking.
Excellent song taken from their new album Great Shakes.
From the new album Join Forces.
A new name to the site, the song is taken from Maurice’s Songs of Peril & Conquest album, due out mid-November.
This collaboration between decade veterans Session Americana and Jefferson Hamer, perhaps best known this side of the pond for his “Child Ballads” album with Anais Mitchell, opens up with the little gem that is “One Skinner”, a languid, gorgeously melodic song that slides into your consciousness and never leaves. It’s followed up with “Helena”, which sounds exactly like UK cult heroes Diesel Park West with its West coast jangle and Hamer’s vocal being a dead ringer for John Butler’s and is none the worse for it.
Another quirky video, created by the lead animator on Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” and a big bright soundtrack to go with it.
Delightful and slightly sinister video for the lead track from the Collective’s latest album, due out on November 4th.
From their new album, The Motion And The Moving On, the best yet from Southend’s finest and one that will feature in a few year end “Best Of” lists.