Our latest mix in our Lost in Transmission series is here. There will be some new names scattered in the mix that we firmly encourage you to explore, including Anna Pancaldi, Ida Wenøe, Adaya, Thom Ashworth, Serafyn and The Brother Brothers.
Plus plenty of new music from Éilís Kennedy (our Artist of the Month), Twelfth Day, 4Square, a first as a duo from Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Nathan Salsbug, a welcome return from The Straw Bear Band and more.
Lost in Transmission 24 Playlist
Benjamin Folke Thomas – Finn
Finn is taken from Ben’s latest album ‘Copenhagen’, one of our Featured Albums of the Month. The album features three understated yet powerful portraits, Finn is one of them.
It represents a bold step forward as a song writer and an important progression as a studio artist. Copenhagen is, without a doubt, his best album yet. Read the full album review here.
Anna Pancaldi – Stay Right Here
Taken from international songstress Anna Pancaldi’s latest EP ‘Sweet Charity’ released this week (March, 20). The depth of emotion she’s able to convey is clear to hear on this track. Her name has been growing rapidly, reflected in her last three sold out London headline shows as well as her US success where she made her live TV debut on CBS.
Beth Bombara – Map & No Direction
From Beth’s latest album Map & No Direction (March, 10). This album sees Beth casting the widest net of career to date with melodic hooks and lush string arrangements with some fine polish from producer Karl Kling (RAC). Described as vintage-influenced hooky American and rock & roll – “bourbon-warmed Neko Case” – this album is sure to pave the way to a much larger audience.
Ida Wenøe – Changing of Seasons
Taken from Danish Music Award nominee Ida Wenøe’s debut solo album ‘Time of Ghosts’ (out April, 7) which also marks her return to the UK for a full tour which kicks off a Camden’s Green Note on April 4th. While an appreciation of Americana can be heard in her music there are clear English undertones…the kind Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish Village. Another name to watch for.
Real Ponchos – No Show
From their latest offering ‘To the Dusty World’, which our Canadian reviewer, David Morrison reviewed yesterday. While he makes the link to early-to-mid-70s Grateful Dead (improvisational soloing intact) in his review (read it here) he also points out that they have their “own very cool thing going on…producing contemporary Canadian indie roots music at its grandest, as epic as photographer Tayu Hayward’s awe-inspiring landscapes that have graced each Real Ponchos release to date.”
The Straw Bear Band – Leopard Skin Sermons
Taken from their latest album Eccentric Heart, The Straw Bear Band features Dom Cooper, Lewis Hill and Adama Lambert alongside some special guests including Jason Steel and Nancy Wallace. This album has been in the making since 2007, as Dom explains in the liner notes “theft, excess, and life got in the way. Before a tragedy put a halt to things altogether. Eventually, through friendship, the tracks were completed, but it took a while for me to let go of them.” so we’re glad it’s finally made the light of day.
Thom Ashworth – Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
The title track from English folk singer and bassist Thom Ashworth’s debut EP. He will be new to many of you. Originally hailing from Hampshire, he now calls East London home. Once you’ve heard him, you won’t forget that superb tenor voice or the unique sound the tracks on this EP have to offer. He made his solo debut last year opening for folk miscreants Lankum (formerly known as Lynched). Let’s hope there’s more to come soon. In the meantime, check his website out thomashworth.com
Twelfth Day – Stop Talking About It
‘Stop Talking About It’ is from the long-awaited new studio album ‘Cracks in the Room’ by fiddle/harp duo Twelfth Day (Catriona Price and Esther Swift). It was produced by Chris Wood and mixed by Oz Fritz (Tom Waits) and is described as an extra-ordinary album, happily hard to define. We’ll be bringing you more on the album soon which is out on April 7th. Pre-order it here: twelfthday.bigcartel.com/product/cracks-in-the-room-pre-order
Siobhan Miller – The Month Of January
Another song we recently premiered the video for (watch it here). It’s taken from Siobhan’s latest album ‘Strata’ which is out now and features Aaron Jones & Kris Drever (guitar), Tom Gibbs (piano), Euan Burton (bass) and Jack Smedley (viola). This interpretation of Bob Dylan’s classic song also features vocals and drums, from Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott.
Bonnie Prince Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Wallins Creek Girls
Taken from the Record Store Day Untitled EP and he first release from the duo who should need no introduction. Out on Paradise of Bachelors April 22nd. “Wallins Creek Girls” isn’t so much about a creek, but a brief impression of two free-spirited women who spent one long ago September 11th (a Friday) bumming cigarettes and hitching rides around the Harlan County coal camp of Wallins Creek, Kentucky. It was presumably composed by Dawson “Little Daw” Henson (1886–1974) of Clay County, who recorded it for Alan Lomax in 1937. His singing opens: “My names is Hicks and Henson, two rounder boys you know.” Who Hicks is in fact sadly we don’t know.
Adaya – I Am Born
Taken from ‘The Other Side’, one of our current Featured Albums of the Month. Adaya, who sings, writes, and plays all manner of instruments, is joined by a motley cast of sidekicks including Aaron Goldsmith (responsible for all kinds of bass, from the guitarron to the sitar bass via the bass harmonica) and American electric guitar ace Buck Curran, on whose label Obsolete Recordings The Other Side is released. Read our review here.
The Brother Brothers – Tugboats
The title track from identical Illinois twins Adam and David Moss, known as The Brother Brothers. We’re convinced these two will be showing up on many more radars over 2017. You can read our review of the EP here.
Jack Sharp – Bedfordshire May Carol
This is a track from the new Stick in the Wheel’s ‘From Here: English Folk Field Recordings’. Anyone who loves folk music should have a copy. The album opens with this track performed by Jack Sharp Jack Sharp better known as the frontman for folky psych-rockers Wolf People. The album features so great names from Eliza and Martin Carthy to Fay Hield and Men Daimler. Check out our review here.
Serafyn – Morning Tea
Taken from Foam (out now on Radicalis), the debut album from Basel-based folk-pop quintet Serafyn. A delicately stirring folk sound, free of kitsch and clutter. Whilst their 2015 EP was titled Quantum Leap, they have come a long way since then, no pun intended. This will be the album that paves their way, go and explore them. www.serafyn.ch
Éilís Kennedy – The Flannel Red
Éilís Kennedy is our Artist of the Month for March, and this is one of her self-written songs from her new album Westward.a track that exemplifies the grasp Éilís has of traditional forms, her skill as a song writer and story teller, and the compelling results of those skills combined with her enchanting voice. Éilís’ song expertly tells the story of her great grandfather’s untimely end at sea….
a track that exemplifies the grasp Éilís has of traditional forms, her skill as a song writer and story teller, and the compelling results of those skills combined with her enchanting voice. Éilís’ song expertly tells the story of her great grandfather’s untimely end at sea…. Read the full review here.
4Square – Farewell
Another recent Song of the Day, this time from Manchester’s Ferocious Folk Foursome 4Square. It’s taken from their new EP called ‘X’ to celebrate their 10th year as a touring band. Order X via the 4Square Shop here or iTunes
Photo Credit: Daria Marchik