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Katie Spencer - Good Morning Sky EP (Self Release)

There's nothing really quite as rewarding in music as bearing witness to a burgeoning talent through an artists' teenage years, watching that talent grow and develop with an equal measure of drive and determination, whilst taking each opportunity as and when it comes along. Yorkshire-based Katie...

Tilly Moses - Alight and Adrift (GingerDog Records)

This debut album by Tilly Moses, a young Suffolk-born, now York-based singer-songwriter/mandolin player, comes as a result of a lengthy teenage apprenticeship spent writing, performing, collaborating and recording in preparation for this moment. Tilly's penchant for theatrical hats and colourful...

Emily Mae Winters - Siren Serenade (Self Release)

Emily Mae Winters first came to our attention last year with the release of her four-song FOREIGN WATERS EP, produced by Ben Walker, which clearly pointed in the direction of a potentially promising future. Confident in this knowledge, the singer songwriter once again teams up with Walker along...

Dan Walsh - Verging on the Perpendicular (Rooksmere Records)

The definition of a 'true great' is for me, the one who makes it all seem so effortless, somersaulting, and floating through the air whilst landing perfectly, wobble free, just as though little energy, and hours of practice were uninvolved. The technical skill in Dan Walsh's VERGING ON THE...

Damien McGeehan - The Tin Fiddle (Self Release)

Damien McGeehan's renown as one of Ireland's best fiddlers is founded on the fine contribution he made to the now disbanded Donegal fiddle trio Fidil. To many, then, an entirely solo project may seem like a brave departure, but due to some nifty production techniques and an exquisite handling of his...

Afenginn - Opus (Westpark)

OPUS is the sixth release from Danish outfit Afenginn and, perhaps, the most suitably titled of the bunch. The album is, in fact, a symphony of four movements inspired by the "uncontrollable, unforeseeable, yet still somehow navigable" nature of life. Indeed, the album was directly inspired by an...

Nick Byrne - Through the Tall Grass EP (Self Release)

The songs on this five track EP offer a slice of melodic, meditative acoustic folk pop. Nick has a pleasing voice with an earnest melancholic lilt. Plaintive ballads are underpinned by strings and an occasional electric slide. Opener Half ’ sets a layered vocal over a strummed jangling guitar in a...

Torgeir Waldemar - No Offending Borders (Jansen Plateproduksjon)

Being completely unfamiliar with Torgeir, I was unsure what to expect as the disc went into the player but what followed was a series of surprises, mostly positive and none unpleasant. As the music revealed itself, the first surprise was that the first track could have come straight out of the...

Steamchicken - Look Both Ways (Chicken Records)

Steamchicken musically stir together folk and Cabaret era swing jazz with panache and style. Formed by Ted Crum when he left Peeping Tom they have been playing festivals for twenty years. LOOK BOTH WAYS is their first album with vocalist Amy Kakoura and a fine listen it is too. From the opening...

India Electric Co - EC1M EP (Shoelay)

The day that downloads entered our music world, the game not only changed for listeners but musicians too. If you want evidence that the album concept died at that point (or, at least, took a long lay down on a couch), just check out how Ed Sheeran dominated the singles charts with the release of...

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