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The Proposition - King Snake Devil Shake (Cowboy Town)

Norfolk-based trio The Proposition create a distinct skiffle take on British Americana, with the simple to understand ethos of performing highly energetic acoustic folk music from a mature standpoint. You feel these three musicians have been around for a while. Following their debut DIRT TRACKS EP...

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3

Simian Ghost - Youth (Heist)

Second record from Sweden's Simian Ghost with singer-songwriter Sebastian Arnström once again at the helm. Once associated more with the visual arts and production, Arnström has taken his musical development further with this trio that includes brother Erik Klinga on drums and Mathias Zachrisson on...

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3

Murray McLauchlan - Human Writes (True North)

Soft-spoken Murray McLauchlan delivers some heartfelt songs with no small measure of warmth and tenderness on this his first solo album in six years. Something of a Canadian national treasure, McLauchlan has forty-years in music behind him, with no less than eleven Juno awards on his mantelpiece...

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3

Grassoline - Mountains and Grave (Self Release)

With Dylanesque vocals and an instantly recognisable bluegrass sound, Chesterfield's four-piece acoustic band Grassoline (great name) present their debut mini-album, which reflects some of the songs from the band's current stage repertoire. Falling easily within the Folk and Americana sphere, with...

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3

Jill Hepburn - The Lantern Has Fallen (Self Release)

Falkirk singer-songwriter Jill Hepburn follows her debut album SNOWFLAKE with a further eight self-penned songs, each of which are treated to a fine banjo accompaniment. Progressing from her regular appearances on Edinburgh's famed Out of the Bedroom songwriter’s nights, Jill is now enjoying the...

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3

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer - Seed of a Pine (Self Release)

Every now and then an album comes along that is so good, you just can't get anything else done. Then there's the dilemma of not being able to get past track five because it deserves to be played over and over. I have this problem at the moment with Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer's first official...

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5

Twilight Hotel - When the Wolves Go Blind (Cavalier)

The third album from Winnipeg's Brandy Zdan and Dave Quanbury, otherwise known as Twilight Hotel, is once again imbued with a seductive quality that effortlessly draws the listener in. That seductive quality also hints at darker undertones, not unlike the sort of material associated with David...

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3

Gren Bartley - Songs to Scythe Back the Overgrown (Fellside)

What are the odds of waking up in the middle of the night and having your entire second solo album handed to you on a plate in a dream; from the songs and arrangements through to the album title and even cover artwork? Well this is precisely what happened to singer/guitarist Gren Bartley one night...

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4

Amanda Shires - Carrying Lightning (Silver Knife)

There's something rather appealing about any album that starts with a merrily whistled chorus; it's almost as if we are immediately looking on the bright side of life. Swimmer is just one from a developing repertoire of instantly accessible songs from the pen of this native Texan, who has now...

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4

O'Hooley and Tidow - The Fragile (No Masters)

Any new material from the songwriting partnership of Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow is always eagerly anticipated and with THE FRAGILE there is no exception. The adjective 'fragile' has an almost infinite significance and we take it that in this instance it is used as a collective noun. The duo...

Star rating: 
5

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