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A HOUSE WITH TOO MUCH FIRE layers guitar tones and pedal steel like glissendoes. Slowly building sounds suggest Desert sunrises or open urban spaces unfolding in front of you. The tracks are comparatively brief, but without percussion time drips by, as measured as a Godfrey Reggio Philip Glass...
Delightful collection of original songs courtesy of Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart, inspired by music from another era, each song showcasing the duo's superb harmonies, great playing and most importantly spot on songs that touch the soul, with one or two moments of good humour. Wonderful (AW)
Chicago-born singer songwriter Adam Sorensen inhabits the spirit of Woody Guthrie with reflections on the austere and dusty landscape, soundtracked by high lonesome harmonica wails and chugging freight trains, music for the open roads and steel rails, with grains of dust dancing in the wind (AW)
SYMBIOSIS II is the follow up to Ross Anslie and Ali Hutton excellent instrumental album Symbiosis. Ali and Ross are a pair of musicians who together or apart consistently turn out interesting and exciting music. They have gathered around them an impressive set of supporting players making a bigger...
This remixed, remastered and reissued 2013 release by Russian post rock outfit Artificial Waves boldly stands as a strong instrumental EP but would benefit from the occasional vocal contribution (AW)
Raised by a Colorado family of coal miners, ranchers and homesteaders, Gerry Spehar returns with thirteen songs, once again carrying his authentic country boy credentials convincingly well. There's plenty of protest, a pinch of the burlesque and the spirit of Hank Williams looming in the wings. (AW)
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)
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)
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)
Produced by Michael Chapman, who sees his role not unlike that of a film director, in his pursuit of getting "more out of Sarah than she thinks is in the tank", Sarah McQuaid's fifth album showcases the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised singer songwriter's idiosyncratic approach to songwriting. The songs...