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Mo Pitney - Behind This Guitar (Curb Records)

Mo Pitney makes a tasteful Country sound as smooth as Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's Five O'clock Somewhere. Twanging guitars, thoughtful lyrics and an easy on the ears voice, with that plaintive yelp of Melancholy. Pop Country with moments of real beauty and emotion. (MH)

Star rating: 
4

Darwin's Daughter - The Dark EP (Self Release)

DARK FIRES opens with the plaintive notes of a piano and Fiona Ruth's vocal. The music is atmospheric, filmatic, like the theme to a snow kissed thriller. Fiona, solo or layered has the feel of Judie Tzuke or Kathryn Williams. Moonlight is a delicate, hesitant lullaby, Fiona's voice against guitar...

Star rating: 
4

David Green - Unsteady on Our Feet (Self Release)

Debut album by Bristol-based singer, songwriter, novelist and physics teacher, whose easy almost throwaway delivery is just the thing that makes the songs entirely listenable. One of those albums which invites us into an entirely different world. Wish my maths teacher had been more like this. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Will Stewart - County Seat (Cornelius Chapel Records)

Rolling Stone cites Alabama-born Will Stewart in its '10 New Country Artists You Need To Know' list and it's not difficult to see why. Americana's latest face delivers nine mature songs in this remarkable full-length debut. Deserving of several listens, and then some. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Talk Show - Permanent Honeymoon (Wooden Piano)

Energetic guitar driven new wave pop rock with a touch of Boo Hewerdine intelligent singer songwriter. Dry Steely Dan delivery meets those big Stereophonics type guitar chords. Pedal steel, brass flourishes, sharp arrangements and a myriad of keyboards hold your interest to the end. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

OP3 - Lumina EP (Fluttery Records)

In just three pieces, OP3 take us on a short musical journey and as the cover art suggests, it's all light and shade, which is reflected in the three pieces. Ambient, reflective and tonally spacious, Lumina's three dreamscapes pave the way for an anticipated full-length album project. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Qais Essar - The Ghost You Love Most (Premiere)

Enchanting instrumental music of a spiritual nature, written and performed by contemporary Afghan musician Qais Essar. His third album to date, the pieces feature predominantly, although by no means exclusively, the rabab, an ancient Afghan stringed instrument. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Josh Rouse - Love in the Modern Age (Yep Roc Records)

New Romanticism re-visited by the Nebraska-born singer songwriter, now relocated to Spain, his acoustic guitar put aside in favour of keyboards, sax and moody 1980s synth-pop musings, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man in places, especially on the title song. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Wilde Roses - Wilde Roses (Blood and Desire)

Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden members of Mediaeval Babes, follow their muse to folk infused with Elizabethan ballad spirit. The duos vocals are beautiful. The accompaniment is period, courtly early dance music that is gentle and touched by the dark edge of The Third Ear Band. Sublime. (MH)

Star rating: 
4

Ash Gray - Chicken Wire (Labelship Records)

Texan songwriter Ash Gray now relocated to Sheffield in the UK brings together Yorkshire and Austin Texas musicians. The resulting album blends Country and an undercurrent of 60s Psych music. The cosmic cowboy of Texas blended with the gritty Folk Troubadour of the UK. Chickenwire is a pleasing mix...

Star rating: 
5

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