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Maia - Maia (Vandal)

After being rather impressed by their late night performance at The Unthanks' Trades Club after-show/tour party in Hebden Bridge, I thought a few words were in order to make up for having missed Maia's debut album when it was first released just over a year ago. Sandwiched between two pieces of...

Star rating: 
3

Hungrytown - Any Forgotten Thing (Listen Here!)

Once again husband and wife team Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson offer up another dozen gentle and uplifting self-penned songs on this their second album. Recorded in their Vermont 'Song Catcher' home studio and produced by Anderson, the songs on ANY FORGOTTEN THING sound as timeless as any...

Star rating: 
3

Jeff Lowe - Suicide River EP (HeartQuake)

This handsomely packaged single release from London-born Jeff Lowe contains two compositions, the modern fantasy Suicide River and accompanying song, Travesty of Justice , which in my day would have been referred to as the 'B' side. Both are tasters of what is to follow on the forthcoming album...

Star rating: 
3

Devon Sproule - I Love You, Go Easy (Tin Angel)

Devon Sproule's latest collection of songs were initially presented to me in their entirety one after the other in a raw acoustic form, making up the entire final set in an intimate house concert. The set came across as an unashamed outpouring of emotion, whilst the singer maintained a stoic...

Star rating: 
4

Faded Circus - Faded Circus (Politely Fighting)

An almost whispered selection of songs from Cheltenham-based songwriter Paul Jones, who performs under the guise of Faded Circus, presumably to avoid confusion amongst the blues fraternity. Comparisons have already been made to the late Elliott Smith in terms of the desire to create ambient and...

Star rating: 
3

Barbara Nesbitt - The Bees (Self Release)

Second solo album release from Georgia-born, San Diego-based singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt, whose strong assured vocal delivery dominates this collection of a dozen original compositions and just the one cover, Boudleaux Bryant's timeless Like Strangers , previously known through the singing of...

Star rating: 
3

Amy Lashley - Travels of a Homebody (Wanamaker)

Now settled in East Nashville with partner Otis Gibbs, Indiana-born Amy Lashley turns her pen to a more confessional style of writing, with a dozen well-crafted personal songs set against a rich and warm acoustic backdrop. With a voice like a fine red wine, a wine that's been given a little time to...

Star rating: 
4

Foghorn Trio - Sud De La Louisiane (Self Release)

From the opening few bars of Bill and Mary Reed's I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You) , we know we're in for a highly entertaining retro-filled old-time knees-up with this offshoot project from the 'ass-kickin'' Foghorn Stringband. Portland, Oregon's Foghorn Trio play this music as it should be...

Star rating: 
4

Kimmie Rhodes - Dreams of Flying (Sunbird)

Kimmie Rhodes' new album DREAMS OF FLYING has been in the car so long now I almost forgot to review it. With ten originals and just the one cover, Donovan's Catch the Wind , performed here with fellow Lubbock songwriter Joe Ely, the album joins a fourteen album strong body of work that only just...

Star rating: 
4

Larkin Poe - Fall/Winter EPs (Edvins)

Once again a seasonal Larkin Poe EP pops through the letterbox just in time for their eagerly awaited debut UK tour, along with their WINTER EP to boot. You know the story, you wait for a bus to come along, then along comes two at the same time. When I first heard the SPRING EP, I knew I was...

Star rating: 
5

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