Album Review: Amber Rubarth – Wildflowers in the Graveyard

After being hit by a car Amber Rubarth sustained serious injuries which threatened her music career. During her recovery she spent time in her local graveyard, observing the overgrown wildflowers and finding comfort in the eternal cycle of life. Thankfully she was able to play and sing again and the result is Wildflowers in the Graveyard, an album of quiet beauty enough to soothe any restless soul. Continue reading “Album Review: Amber Rubarth – Wildflowers in the Graveyard”

Dolly & Miley’s New Albums Are A Double Rainbow of Delight 

So the autumn leaves are beginning to fall, it’s getting dark earlier, and the world is about to end any day now. Enter Dolly Parton and her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, on a mission to spread love, light and colour in these end times. Miley’s new album Younger Now and Dolly’s children’s album I Believe in You are lollipops of sweetness and joy enough to make even the worst cynic smile. Continue reading “Dolly & Miley’s New Albums Are A Double Rainbow of Delight “

Why You Have To See Brandy Clark Live On Her UK Tour

Brandy Clark has just released Live From Los Angeles, a new album of her 2016 show at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and it’s one of the most joyful things I’ve heard this year. All I could think about when listening to this was: life would be better for everyone if they just quit what they were doing right now and booked a ticket for Brandy’s upcoming UK tour dates. Here are the reasons why buying a ticket for these shows is the best gift you could give yourself in 2017… Continue reading “Why You Have To See Brandy Clark Live On Her UK Tour”

E.P. Review: Caroline Reese – Two Horses 

One of my favourite ways to find new music is to see who some of my favourite artists are working or touring with. So when I reviewed Lizzie No’s album earlier this year I also discovered her friend and fellow musician Caroline Reese, who writes the kind of gorgeous indie alt-country songs they call Americana nowadays. Caroline has opened for artists like Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Her new E.P. Two Horses consists of four stripped back new songs which tell the story of her recent move to Montana and her life as a struggling musician.  Continue reading “E.P. Review: Caroline Reese – Two Horses “

Album Review: Alvvays – Antisocialites 

Apart from the irritating spelling anomaly in their name Canada’s Alvvays have barely put a foot wrong since starting out in 2011. Their debut album was one of the best of 2014 and included future indie classic Archie, Marry Me. Their new album Antisocialites doesn’t deviate much from their previous jangle pop sound which combines nicely with Molly Rankin’s vocals.  Continue reading “Album Review: Alvvays – Antisocialites “

Album Review: Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps

I first saw Phoebe Bridgers supporting Conor Oberst earlier this year, and her introspective songs immediately impressed me. She even sang on a duet of Lua with the man himself – at one point during the song Conor leaned on her for support as though she was the sober friend responsible for keeping him upright. The duet proved Phoebe Bridgers to be a singer with an understated power, demonstrated beautifully on her debut album Stranger in the Alps.  Continue reading “Album Review: Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps”

When Motown Went Country: The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop

The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop, released in 1965, is a fascinating glimpse into the musical history of America and the business ambition of Motown records itself. This album mixes country covers with original songs and shows that no matter the genre the harmonies of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard reigned supreme (sorry I had to) over all the other girl groups of the era.  Continue reading “When Motown Went Country: The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop”

Album Review: Erin Enderlin – Whiskeytown Crier

I had a good feeling about this album before I even listened to it – the title and track listing alone was enough to intrigue me since Whiskeytown are one of my all time favourite bands and this album also includes covers of two great country classics. In my head I imagined this would be the soundtrack to some alcohol drenched evening in a honky tonk and that’s what I got. Erin Enderlin’s voice is world weary but wise, and Whiskeytown Crier is the work of a sharp-eyed storyteller.  Continue reading “Album Review: Erin Enderlin – Whiskeytown Crier”

Album Review: Susanne Sundfør – Music For People in Trouble

Before recording her new album Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør travelled to distant corners of the world, taking photographs, meeting people and trying to make sense of life. When returning to the studio to record she decided to reject the technology that had been central to her previous album and go back to a more organic sound. The result, Music For People in Trouble, is an album of sublime songwriting and scope, which offers the listener a serene shelter from the storm.  Continue reading “Album Review: Susanne Sundfør – Music For People in Trouble”

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