Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
There is a heavy Byrds element in most of the songs, from the jangle (on almost all the tracks) to the use of pedal steel (`Anywhere With Oxygen'). This coupled with frontman Jonathan Balzano-Brookes Fran Healyesque vocals make this a special record indeed. By far my favourite track is Wimp Souffle'. With a sound that's as catchy as chicken pox,...view item
Another northerner doing ok for himself is Stephen Fretwell. His recent
10" sold millions apparently. Here's a new single which although the
tune is ok, leans rather too far into the middle of the road David
Gray, Shack, singer songwriter territory for these tired ears....view item
David Kitt returns with 'Dancing In the Moonlight' a cover of Thin Lizzy's wretched pile of cack that Toploader ruined everyone's life with. This is inoffensive, pointless & bland but mercifully won't win him the hand of Gail Porter. No longer a...view item
Adam Green is annoying for several reasons - mainly the fact
that he can't pose for a photo without having his mouth drooping open. Last
years magnificent single 'Jessica' was a reason to give him the benefit of the
doubt - a magnificent melodic gem that suggested that Green could be a Neil
Diamond for the new milleniu...view item
Another Month, another impeccably packaged release on Constellation.
This is by Black Ox Orkestar & features 13 traditional Jewish folk
songs, beautifully rendered in a most astonishing fashion, utilizing
Balkan & Slavic arrangements & instruments such as Mandolin,
Countrebass, Bass clarinet, ...view item
Fancy some tortured Southern Gothic folk vignettes in the vein of early
PJ Harvey, Diamanda Galas, Black Heart Procession or Nina
look no further than Elizabeth Anka Vajagic's album on Constellation.
Called 'Stand With The Stillness Of this Day', this is dark & de...view item
Simon Joyner is a proper miserable get. So misery hunters you
can feel happy as yr leader hath released a brand n...view item
Next up is a 3" CD by Winston Echo which is winsome acoustic pop
like a young and lively Television Personalities. Kind of all over
the place but not without the all important entertainment value. On Undereducated
Music. ...view item
The New Pornographers contain Neko Case and ex members
of that band on Sub Pop beginning with a Z. Anyway its catchy high
energy power pop with shouty tuneful harmonies. Electric Version is like an energetic Shins and is already turning out to be a big grower......view item
Frankie Sparo on Constellation is an odd one. There's bits
of yr post rock on there as you'd expect, shades of Low too...
But also there's some lo fi ramblings too which I didn't expect. Quite
twinkly and pretty in places, emminently tuneful in the majority of places
and only a tiny bit a...view item
Cursive/ Eastern Youth
Golden Synthetic Songbook/ Blue Period
In on HHBTM is a new split 7" by the Golden Synthetic
Songbook and The Blue Period. The GSS do the 60's sounding
singer songwriter thing in yr typical lo fi fashion. The Blue Period
side sounds somwhere in between XTC and Apples In Stereo.
And we like this...view item
Nino Nastasia- album on Touch & Go. Singer songwriter
stuff recorded by the Albini man. Lots of strings and moodyness.
The Blackened Air sounds a bit special on 1st hearing.Is gonna appeal to folks who dig Tara
Jane O Neill........view item
Hot from Canada is the new Frankie Sparo CD single on Constellation.
Very mournful depressing but yet beautiful music. How do they do that?
Violins and that, you get the picture. We like this here. Arena Hostile it be called.......view item