Dirty Dozen: Lena Laki

Lena Laki, 2016Lena Laki is an indie folk singer-songwriter based in London.  Her Debut EP Take Me With is out now and has received acclaim from media. Gigslutz made her the Discovery of the Week and hailing Lena as “One of those ultimately talented musicians it is essential to appreciate“, while Love is Pop declared Lena’s material as “nothing short of gorgeous.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lena Laki”

Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot, 2016Traversing oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again, the Co Kildare singer-songwriter Heidi Talbot, has so far gained plaudits from the likes of The Guardian and The Sunday Times (with the latter calling her ‘simply vocal heaven’) and is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on this fifth album, including husband John McCusker and Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot”

Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road

Red Moon RoadSpanning a wide range of genres, from Beatles-esque pop songs, traditional Canadiana folk, Albertan country and Paridian aires to a full-on spiritual music backed by a star-studded choir, the three collaborative yet distinct writers in Red Moon Road frame immaculately crafted songs with original and innovative instrumental work.  Their new album ‘Sorrows and Glories’ is out on October 16th in the UK. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road”

Dirty Dozen: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic & Kyshona Armstrong

Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic & Kyshona Armstrong 2016One of the things Nashville does best is ‘in the round’ a chance to see high quality songwriters up close and personal.  You may not know the names but the format leads itself to seeing the mechainics of the art in action, three of Nashvilles best exponants speak to AUK. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic & Kyshona Armstrong”

Scott Cook and the Long Weekends “Go Long” (Groove Revival, 2016)

scott-cookA bit overly complicated, you just want Cook to make a record, and forget the Frisbee spin off game sleeves etc.  Musically it is very appealing, lyrically hilarious; “Judging from the angle of the sun its beer o’clock is good that said, as is a “cluster folk”. Recorded in a weekend, recorded live off the floor, it sounds like chums having a good time. Continue reading “Scott Cook and the Long Weekends “Go Long” (Groove Revival, 2016)”

Hattie Briggs “Young Runaways” (Wise Dog Records, 2016)

Hattie BriggsIt’s hard not to draw comparisons to other female singers and songwriters whilst listening to this record, as it has so many of them referenced along the way, it is such a striking lineage you find yourself trying to place the reference constantly. Briggs will clearly be enjoyed by the fans of artists like Bush, King, Chapman, Armatrading and Mitchell; and is deserving of that company.  Continue reading “Hattie Briggs “Young Runaways” (Wise Dog Records, 2016)”

Peter James Millson “The Red Café” (Ind, 2016)

Peter james Millson, 2016An album of late night laments, jazz infusions and electronic flourishes reminds me of the late Colin Vearncombe, ABC and David Sylvian.  It does feel a little like a 80/90’s pop star making a ‘grown up’ record, and it is difficult to place in any genre, which is a relief.  A really believed in record, top production, check out ‘Dreams Take Flight’ glockenspiel.  Continue reading “Peter James Millson “The Red Café” (Ind, 2016)”

Paul McClure “Songs For Anyone” (Rutland Troubadour / Clubhouse Records, 2016)

"Paul McClure - 2016"So it’s roundly acknowledged that McClure is one of the nicest men in music, and my experience is that’s difficult to disagree with, the Rutland Troubadour returns here an album of exceptional quality, which is nice. McClure is a terrific Ray Davies style songwriter, I love the female vocals that are all over the album as well, and the Eagles feel, a bit of a lazy analogy but it is so true, it is that West Coast, Laurel Cannon feel, sun drenched road music.  ‘Unremarkable Me’ couldn’t be further from the truth, wonderfully structured as a record, the kitchen sink nature of the themes in his songs and deftly record mean this should be pn many a listeners best of 2016 list. Continue reading “Paul McClure “Songs For Anyone” (Rutland Troubadour / Clubhouse Records, 2016)”