Reviews

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Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile

Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile

Album Reviews

Energetic and joyous, tranquil and reflective, ‘Music in Exile’ looks set to be one of the most well-balanced and optimistic records you’re likely to hear this year.

Sam Lee and Friends - The Fade in Time

Sam Lee and Friends – The Fade in Time

Album Reviews

Sam Lee’s follow-up album ‘The Fade in Time’ is an impassioned album of hugely ambitious scope; a historical document that at the same time belongs firmly in the 21st century.

Michael Feuerstack - The Forgettable Truth

Michael Feuerstack – The Forgettable Truth

Album Reviews

Canadian Michael Feuerstack is a one man music industry and The Forgettable Truth is the latest poetic bulletin in an extraordinary career and a record to harmonise head and heart.

Steve Ashley - This Little Game

Steve Ashley – This Little Game

Album Reviews

To say the album is accomplished would belittle the talent on show and the consistency of Steve Ashley’s output over five decades. ‘This Little Game’ may just be one of his best.

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James McMurtry – Complicated Game

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James McMurtry’s latest offering ‘Complicated Game’ is unflinching in its storytelling, delivered with unembellished honesty and deep empathy, it may well prove one of the finest Americana albums of the year.

Tom Brosseau - Perfect Abandon

Tom Brosseau – Perfect Abandon

Album Reviews

A one room, one microphone recording with no overdubs by John Parish, the music on Tom Brosseau’s Perfect Abandon is redolent of dust bowl ballads or early Sun sides…stripped of embellishment to reinforce the songs.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - Tomorrow Will Follow Today

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today

Album Reviews

Out of the circuit for almost a decade, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have hit a rich vein of form since their return and Tomorrow Will Follow Today finds the duo at their best.

The Phantom Band - Fears Trending

The Phantom Band – Fears Trending

Album Reviews

The atmosphere on the latest release from The Phantom Band is darker and moodier than their previous offering, evoking a twilit landscape haunted by isolation.

False Lights - Salvor

False Lights – Salvor

Album Reviews

Linking two outstanding talents in Jim Moray and Sam Carter, with Sam Nadel, Tom Moore, Nick Cooke and Jon Thorne, False Lights took Folk East 2014 by storm. Salvor is the reason why.

Arooj Aftab - Bird Under Water

Arooj Aftab – Bird Under Water

Album Reviews

Arooj Aftab’s debut album ‘Bird Under Water’ is a transcendent and an essential listen, this is indeed the sound of the oneness of being.

José González - Vestiges & Claws

José González – Vestiges & Claws

Album Reviews

On his latest solo offering José González harnesses the symbolism of nature to relate his opinions on politics, philosophy and humanity to his audience. A welcome return.

Skipper's Alley - Skipper's Alley

Skipper’s Alley – Skipper’s Alley

Album Reviews

In their 2 years together Skipper’s Alley have already built a presence on the international Celtic festival scene and this debut album can only enhance and widen that reputation.

Idlewild - Everything Ever Written

Idlewild – Everything Ever Written

Album Reviews

While wide-eyed rock is the order of the day, Idlewild demonstrate they still have plenty of tricks up their sleeve on their latest offering ‘Everything Ever Written’.

Thumbnail image for Hayden Pedigo – Seven Years Late

Hayden Pedigo – Seven Years Late

Album Reviews

Every so often an album comes along with a truly original sound. Seven Years Late by 20-year old Texan guitar prodigy Hayden Pedigo is one of those albums. Taking influences from traditional American music to the avant-garde.