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Leah Abramson - Songs For A Lost Pod (Headless Owl)

Hypnotic vocals sometimes layered like an early music choir. Arresting instruments and found sounds build atmospheres within which Leah weaves songs that tell stories of and highlight the plight of the whale. Headphone album full of beauty, life and space. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Trent Miller - Time Between Us (Bucketfull Of Brains)

Trent is an intense distinctive vocalist who delivers a dark dense version of The Byrds jangly 12 string folk rock. His lived in voice delivers intimate songs, glimpses of light in a dark world. Loaded with atmosphere, late night whisky music. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Connla - The Next Chapter (Self Release)

Connla are a five piece band from Armagh and, Derry in Northern Ireland. Connla is a character from Irish mythology upon whom are placed a series of geasa or obligations, he cannot turn back once he starts his journey and he must not refuse a challenge. Both of these are admirable qualities in a...

Star rating: 
4

Gitta De Ridder - For Everything a Season (Self Release)

Built around four EPs, Anglo-Dutch singer songwriter Gitta De Ridder reflects upon the seasons, whilst introducing those unfamiliar with her previous release FEATHERS (2016) to her enchanting music. With sparse and uncluttered arrangements, the songs are allowed to breathe effortlessly (AW)

Star rating: 
3

James Perryman - The Narrow Gate EP (Self Release)

London-based singer songwriter returns after a lengthy break, with a new EP consisting of five self-penned songs infused with Alt-Country stylings. Personal songs often performed in fine falsetto, including a convincing duet with Olivia Coghill on the stand out song Every Piece of the Way (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Johnny Campbell - Avalon (Self Release)

Interesting mix of 80s folk punk and 60s Greenwich Village meets Woody Guthrie. Intense, lofi and honestly direct. The militant insistence of Leon Rosselson and on Leavers Avenue and Arthur McBride a touch of early Martin Carthy. Tear Stained Letter is a folk club staple in the making. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Michael McDermott - Out From Under (Pauper Sky Records)

When we strip away all the troubled back story of drugs and alcohol a-plenty, and try to get past the serial killer cover portrait, we have some pretty good songs here, matched by performance and energy. Eleven albums into a episodic career, OUT FROM UNDER might just be the breakthrough. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Mike O'Donovan - No Time Like the Present (Self Release)

Smooth soulful Celtic Blues from Mike O'Donovan, a vocalist with patina and gravitas with some top players to swell his sound. Spoken blues of Ghosts and If There's Time delivered with a knowing edge like Ireland's own Tom Russell. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

All The Luck In The World - The Blind Arcade (Self Release)

All The Luck In The World are three Irish musicians from Ireland now based in Berlin. ATLITW make a sound that is strummed and picked guitars with vocals that recall Ben Howard or Nick Mulvey. This is an intimate music, hushed vocals breathed into microphones while guitars gently loop. Light jazzy...

Star rating: 
4

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