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Talk Show - Permanent Honeymoon (Wooden Piano)

Energetic guitar driven new wave pop rock with a touch of Boo Hewerdine intelligent singer songwriter. Dry Steely Dan delivery meets those big Stereophonics type guitar chords. Pedal steel, brass flourishes, sharp arrangements and a myriad of keyboards hold your interest to the end. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

OP3 - Lumina EP (Fluttery Records)

In just three pieces, OP3 take us on a short musical journey and as the cover art suggests, it's all light and shade, which is reflected in the three pieces. Ambient, reflective and tonally spacious, Lumina's three dreamscapes pave the way for an anticipated full-length album project. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Qais Essar - The Ghost You Love Most (Premiere)

Enchanting instrumental music of a spiritual nature, written and performed by contemporary Afghan musician Qais Essar. His third album to date, the pieces feature predominantly, although by no means exclusively, the rabab, an ancient Afghan stringed instrument. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Josh Rouse - Love in the Modern Age (Yep Roc Records)

New Romanticism re-visited by the Nebraska-born singer songwriter, now relocated to Spain, his acoustic guitar put aside in favour of keyboards, sax and moody 1980s synth-pop musings, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man in places, especially on the title song. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Wilde Roses - Wilde Roses (Blood and Desire)

Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden members of Mediaeval Babes, follow their muse to folk infused with Elizabethan ballad spirit. The duos vocals are beautiful. The accompaniment is period, courtly early dance music that is gentle and touched by the dark edge of The Third Ear Band. Sublime. (MH)

Star rating: 
4

Blackbeard’s Tea Party - Leviathan EP (Self Release)

Adrenaline-fuelled Ceilidh folk with attitude from York's finest, as they take their swashbuckling shenanigans aboard The Diamond, whilst hard rocking the title track along the gangplank. It's party time with whaling songs, and a fun time guaranteed for all me hearties. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Deer Park Ranger - Bottom of the Ocean (Fluttery Records)

Highly personal minimalist musings courtesy of Trevor Humphrey in his first full-length album project under the guise of Deer Park Ranger. If not specifically music for airports, then certainly music for submarine base lounges. Also ideal for personal reflection in our own favourite spaces. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Lydian Collective - Adventure (Lydian)

Adventurous London-based quartet creating uplifting melodies right before our ears. Building on a jazz framework, Lydian Collective take the music on new journeys with unfussy yet thoroughly engaging musicianship, reminiscent of some of Prog Rock's finer moments in places. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Raging Twilight - Raging Twilight (Self Release)

Former Greenmantle founder Jack Law's current vehicle, delivering mild-tempered rock with the occasional blues flurry. Not sure I was aware of any raging here, although I empathise with the approaching of twilight. I suspect the band's forte is in their live performances. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Ian Roland - The Valley EP (Self Release)

Ian Roland's passionate vocal recall The Housemartins ernest intelligent pop especially when supported by the trios beautiful harmonies. Fine Fiddle, Cello and Guitar arrangements. Three interesting players and Nigel Stonier's production ensures that three songs aren't nearly enough. (MH)

Star rating: 
4

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