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Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher (Look Out Kid)

The lyric "those who can, they do, those who can't, review" didn't go unnoticed by this journalistic pretender as the Melbourne-based singer songwriter Jen Cloher made clear her stance on the state of the music scene in Shoegazers , one of the ten songs on this her eponymous fourth album. There's a...

Abatwa (The Pygmy) - Why Did We Stop Growing Tall (Glitterbeat)

The Abatwa 'pygmy' tribe is identified as one of the most marginalised, voiceless and endangered populations in Africa. This album, the forth volume of Glitterbeat's acclaimed Hidden Musics series, follows volumes bringing together, 'Hanoi Masters', 'Khmer Rouge Survivors' and 'Every Song Has Its...

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Tami Neilson - Don't Be Afraid (Self Release)

Two of the most arresting albums to pass through my hands in the last few years, this album and Aldous Harding's debut have had one interesting thing in common. Musically, while having a certain sonic charge and eerie late night 'hairs on the back of the neck' atmosphere in common they both inhabit...

Tom Russell - Folk Hotel (Proper)

Criminologist, Teacher in 70s civil war beset Nigeria, Taxi Driver, Songwriter, Musician, Artist and crucially, early architect of the genre we now call Americana, Tom Russell inhabits a musical world that he helped create. From Russell’s own distinctive painting on the album cover, part bleak...

Satuo - Earned (Self Release)

Vienna-based band Satuo release their third album EARNED, which combines the five-piece band's Austrian, Italian and Finnish musical roots with a dozen easily accessible songs, each imbued with a distinct folk/pop sensibility, whilst at the same time borrowing from French and American influences...

Madam Tsunami - Long Way From Home (Self Release)

The graceful, fiddle-led instrumental that opens LONG WAY FROM HOME might well suggest an album of gentle, airy folk tunes. However, what follows this arresting intro is a collection of foot-tapping songs, infectious melodies and compelling lyrical inventions. Led by Aberdeen-based Kiwi musicians...

Occidental Gypsy - 44070 (Self Release)

Fans of Django-brand jazz may already know Occidental Gypsy, either via the band's stunning 2011 debut OVER HERE (which featured a superb Western Swing take on Michael Jackson's Thriller !) or by attending one of their utterly engaging live performances. The New England quintet has been building a...

The Emily Askew Band - Alchemy (Self Release)

Transforming old styles into new is a notion I always respond quite well to - as long as it doesn't include suddenly bursting into inner city rap midway through with an 'explicit' sticker slapped onto the CD sleeve. The Emily Askew Band handle this material with delicate detail, both instrumentally...

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