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Luca Nieri gears up for the release of his new Alchemy LP with a sampler from the record. The three tracks here set the scene nicely for the full-length, an album which sees Nieri paying homage to ‘60s/‘70s film soundtracks. Nieri’s compositional attention to detail is such that it’s not hard to imagine these sensual, wistful pieces of library music making it to the silver screen themselves one day.
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We don't have a lot (or to be truthful any) information on this record but let's say what we see/hear. Opener 'Waiting Around' is a delightful piece of Sufjan Stevens style hushed folk but it's dark lyrical content and subtly oddball arrangements suggest something more sinister at play. That's all we know.
Inspired by Manchester, summertime, and the anticipation of facing a long night (presumably in Manchester) head on, Martin Brew returns as J-Walk, for his new album Limelight Nights. Brew played all the instruments on the album, with the J-Walk project taking on the character of an imaginary band, allowing Brew to single-mindedly capture everything he set out to.
Welsh songwriter Carwyn Ellis roots himself firmly into American soil on a record obsessed with country music and its expanse of classic rock bands. Produced by Edwyn Collins, Some Things Just Take Time is a gentle homage to its influences -- its name recalls Tim Hardin and its personal testimonials reflect the best of Townes Van Zandt.
John Stammers took six (6) years to follow up his 2011 debut but good things come to those who wait. This long awaited follow up has been slowly constructed using old fashioned analogue recording techniques to make an album that could be compared to the work of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and from more recent times Sufjan Stevens.
Lee Southall is the guitarist out of The Coral, recently relocated to the inner depths of the Calder Valley. This new locale has inspired him to move away from Coralled psychedelic indie and towards a kind of UK / US rural folk sound, complete with pedal steel. Iron In The Fire is a strong solo statement, released by the Wonderfulsound label.
Blossoming with optimistic shoots of psych-infused pop is Nev Cottee's 2017 full-length - Broken Flowers. Whilst being consistently inviting, the piece is an intimate edition, lodged with melancholic tales of heartbreak and lovesickness. Above all it's Cottee's candid attitude that makes the release so endearing, and one difficult to overlook.
Sleek synth-pop from French duo Zooey, making their debut with The Drifters. The album is a cool thing, sometimes giving off 60’s loungey vibes and sometimes indulging in library music textures. The Drifters also includes a reworking of a Bill Callahan number (‘The Country Song’ / ‘Let’s Move To The Country’), which is always a good thing in my book. Out on Wonderfulsound.
Isle Of Wight-born solo artist Angelina presents her idiosyncratic brand of alt-folk on this 11-track LP. With an unusual blend of mechanical sounding production, folky songwriting and a voice that seems to belong on a 50s jazz record, Vagabond Saint is a unique discovery. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Wonderfulsound label.
This is already being excitedly declared as one of the first essential releases of 2016 by the Balearic mafia, with support from the likes of Moonboots. A self-indulgent, yet inspired release by music maverick Miles Copeland on his lovely Wonderful Sound label, that follows the great Nev Cottee album 'Strange News from the Sun' on the same label. This album consists of live recordings of 'Zadar’s Sea Organ', captured by Copeland himself from Nikola Basic's sound installation that creates random, occasionally aggressive and sometimes soothing music and sounds. A beautiful and strange artefact.
Telepaths is a curious beast, courtesy of The Kramford Look. The group clamber their way around various musics that sound like they belong in the dusty corners of decades past, animating them with a strange spirit and a strange twist of their own. CD or LP released by the suitably named label Wonderfulsound.
Nev Cottee is now onto his second LP, continuing his channelling of classic country music via Manchester. The feel is laid-back and hazy, Cottee casually draping his weathered vocals over the detailed instrumental backing. The new album Strange News From The Sun is released by Wonderfulsound on CD and LP.
This is the second solo release from Simon Lord. Following on from his debut 'One', he has added upright bass and jazz inflected drums to his classic songwriting. As might be expected there are severe 'Astral Weeks' inspirations going on in the free-er arrangements. Lord also cites Paul Simon as an influence so what we have here is a stripped down album full of understated and literate acoustic pop. Available onm Lp and an almost unfathomably cheap CD.
After a decade with fingers in other pies, Manchester’s J-Walk are back with a new album of analogue mid-tempo funk. Ranging from Air soft jams to Chemical Brothers big beats, Off Beat is a groove-heavy collection with a distinctive late ‘90s swagger. Out on CD and vinyl Lp from Wonderful Sound.
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