By Rob Crozier
May 22, 2013
Tricky is back with a brand new fifteen track album and the admission by the artist that he felt “lost for ages”, because he was “trying to prove something to people, and trying to please others.” … Continue Reading
By Mitchell Stirling
May 24, 2013.
With Laura Marling, there’s something in the water, it flows through her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle as it has done her previous work. The bodies of water keep getting wider; on her debut she couldn’t cross a river for a boy because “alas, I cannot swim” Here, she’s travelling over oceans. … Continue Reading
May 23, 2013
Haiku Salut may not be the name on everyone’s lips but one thing is for sure, if this album somehow manages to get your time of day, it’s not likely something you will forget in a hurry. Rather than try to pin a style of six or seven hyphenated genre abbreviations to the Derbyshire trio, we will do our best to break down the intricacies of what their instrumental debut album Tricolore is all about – not particularly easy to do with something that is to an extent musically pretty unique to the UK in general. … Continue Reading
By Kenny McMurtrie
May 22, 2013
The Wicker Man & Stonehenge – two things you can bet are in most peoples’ top tens of ‘things you associate with folk music’. Cliches though have to begin somewhere but, just because this very enjoyable album starts off with a song that brings the aforementioned film to mind and its release was marked by band leader Stephen Cracknell taking a three day walk to the latter stone feature, that doesn’t mean this has all been done before. … Continue Reading
By Rob Aldam
May 22, 2013
There has always been a touch of the theatrical about Glasgow’s Sparrow and the Workshop. Their previous outings Crystals Fall and Spitting Daggers mixed playful folk with a sleazier rock side. The Irish/American, Welsh and Scottish trio seem to have grown into their sound since they began back in 2008. Murderopolis sees any tentativeness or uncertainty dissipate to be replaced by a strong sense of direction and focus. They seem to have finally shaken-off the shackles of nostalgic pining and found their own true voice.
By Nicko Ruddock
May 21, 2013
After 10 years of hiding away under what we can only assume was a rock, Indie folk ensemble The Baptist Generals are back with a new album; Jackleg Devotional to the Heart is a beautiful collection of acoustic numbers which step outside the boundaries of contemporary pop music. By lacking the usual fear that they might ‘do something wrong’ The Baptist Generals have allowed their music to move up to a higher plateau above the norm. The entire album boasts an organic, warm vintage sounding production which is akin to the hiss laden tracks recorded back in the ‘60s; a production choice which suits the folk vibe right down to the ground.
By Tom Bolton
May 21, 2013.
A new album from The Fall is an event anticipated, expected even, by many. When Mark E. Smith finally stops making records, entirely against his will of course, we will feel his absence much more keenly than that of Margaret Thatcher or Alex Ferguson. He may have outlasted both, but its evolution that has kept him going for so long. The Fall’s sound is always unmistakable but never predictable. … Continue Reading
By Alistair Seaton
May 20, 2013.
These days a backstory seems to be obligatory for any debut album expecting to receive attention, and in this sense Field Report doesn’t disappoint. It is a vehicle for Christopher Porterfield (of which Field Report is an anagram of his surname), a former member of DeYarmond Edison, the band that also used to provide a home for Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and future members of Megafaun, Phil and Brad Cook. Given this pedigree, his self-titled debut sounds much as you might expect: folky, rootsy and slow-paced. Sparse and predominately acoustic, it also deploys splashes of synths in a way not dissimilar to the recent Phosphorescent album. … Continue Reading
By Richard Wink
May 20, 2013
An unlikely early contender for album of 2013, this review will be more a plea attempting to convince you to give it a listen then anything else. When Toronto’s Hooded Fang released Tosta Mista it was weighed down slightly by some unnecessary filler, but it did carry some pointed clues to the future, a whiff of psychobilly, sixties surf and dumb psychedelia. … Continue Reading