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Adam James Sorensen - Dust Cloud Refrain (Continental Song City)

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)

Star rating: 
3

Ross Anslie and Ali Hutton - Symbiosis II (Self Release)

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...

Star rating: 
4

Ambrose Akinmusire

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 28 April 2018 Uttering the words "I don't like jazz" is a little like saying "I don't like fruit"; the diverse selection is just too big to lend any weight to the dismissal. Even if you're not into bananas, you might enjoy a tasty peach. If a ripe kiwi isn't up...

Artificial Waves - Initial Link (Fluttery Records)

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)

Star rating: 
3

Gerry Spehar - Anger Management (Self Release)

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)

Star rating: 
3

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...

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