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This section includes full CD/LP/EP reviews. For shorter reviews, please go to our 'Other Reviews' section where you can find some of our brief encounters. Many thanks AW.

Brief Encounters

Due to the volume of LP/CD and Download submissions, Northern Sky is unable to give each release the full review treatment, offering instead shorter 'comments' complete with star ratings, which we hope will be useful. Tracks will also be included on our fortnightly podcast where possible. AW

Trailhead - Keep Walking (Self Release)

This aptly-titled album courtesy of East Berlin-born Tobias Panwitz, aka Trailhead, contains a dozen songs marking out the prolific songwriter's cinematic world travels, with the emphasis on walking those streets, mountains and country roads. Ideal ipod, boots and backpack music. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Mike Smith - Paint Your Sky (Self Release)

Recorded over just ten days in Austin, Texas, the Airdrie-based singer songwriter Mike Smith paints his own personal skyscapes through nine well-crafted songs, including the soulful The One That Got Away, whilst surrounding himself with a handful of top-notch musicians. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Vickers Vimy - Atlas of Hearts (Self Release)

Named for the WWI bomber aircraft, County Mayo's highly melodic quartet bring something rather exceptional to the table here in just ten songs that capture their instantly accessible and highly engaging sound. This is precisely what 'Eirecana' should sound like. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Joan As Police Woman

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 20 April 2018 Once again New Briggate was a bustling metropolis of human energy as offices closed up for the weekend, breathing a sigh of relief no doubt before the Leeds evening adventures began. A lengthy queue formed outside the Grand Theatre for a performance...

Red Pine Timber Company - Sorry For The Good Times (Self Release)

Red Pine Timber Company deliver Americana with a Memphis Soul Brass section and a bit of Celtic sparkle. Vocalists Gavin Munroe and Katie Whittaker do a mean Country Bluegrass yelp or a fine drawl delivering Perthshire Road Trip music with swagger. Smooth with sweet harmonies and punch. (MH)

Star rating: 
3
Break Loose - Tupelo

Tupelo - The Hearts Bloodline (Crashed Records)

Rocking Alt Folk Band Tupelo from Dublin and Mayo in Ireland produce music with rock grit and punch. Break Loose is a jaunty track, infectious chorus, folk rap and screeching guitar. Cotton To Silk is soulful with the feel of an early mellow Meatloaf piano ballad tempered with a sweet fiddle sound...

Star rating: 
4

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