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Mike Smith - Paint Your Sky (Self Release)

Recorded over just ten days in Austin, Texas, the Airdrie-based singer songwriter Mike Smith paints his own personal skyscapes through nine well-crafted songs, including the soulful The One That Got Away, whilst surrounding himself with a handful of top-notch musicians. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Vickers Vimy - Atlas of Hearts (Self Release)

Named for the WWI bomber aircraft, County Mayo's highly melodic quartet bring something rather exceptional to the table here in just ten songs that capture their instantly accessible and highly engaging sound. This is precisely what 'Eirecana' should sound like. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Red Pine Timber Company - Sorry For The Good Times (Self Release)

Red Pine Timber Company deliver Americana with a Memphis Soul Brass section and a bit of Celtic sparkle. Vocalists Gavin Munroe and Katie Whittaker do a mean Country Bluegrass yelp or a fine drawl delivering Perthshire Road Trip music with swagger. Smooth with sweet harmonies and punch. (MH)

Star rating: 
3
Break Loose - Tupelo

Tupelo - The Hearts Bloodline (Crashed Records)

Rocking Alt Folk Band Tupelo from Dublin and Mayo in Ireland produce music with rock grit and punch. Break Loose is a jaunty track, infectious chorus, folk rap and screeching guitar. Cotton To Silk is soulful with the feel of an early mellow Meatloaf piano ballad tempered with a sweet fiddle sound...

Star rating: 
4

Glymjack - Light The Evening Fire (Self Release)

A Glym Jack was 18th Century thieves slang for a Link Boy, someone you might employ to light your way home and lead you safely through the dark and unknown streets. Greg McDonald and Glymjack, ably supported by a cast that includes Phil Beer, Steve Knightly and Miranda Sykes from Show Of Hands,...

Star rating: 
4

Jess Vincent - Lions Den (Kostenurka Records)

Kate Bush had Lionheart and Jess Vincent has Lion's Den; vocal comparisons immediately apparent on Ballerina Dreams, yet the musical approach is wildly different. Recently relocating to Bulgaria, the Wiltshire-born singer songwriter creates a new pallette for this collection of haunting songs (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Sjøvaag and Silvola - Music for Cities (Shipwreckords)

Experimental 5-track album from Oslo-based duo, whose rich textural guitar sounds permeate this recording, venturing into accessible melodic structures as well as discordant noise. On the whole, suitable as a soundtrack to a gritty crime drama, especially the epic opener Soft Milieu. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Sam Reider - Too Hot To Sleep (Self Release)

Sam Reider is a jazz pianist turned roots musician, son of a theatre composer and Klezmer musician. Following a series of midnight sets at a bar in Brooklyn, Reider found himself suffering from insomnia. With fragments of melodies running through his head he would play the piano. Conjuring endless...

Star rating: 
4

Leah Abramson - Songs For A Lost Pod (Headless Owl)

Hypnotic vocals sometimes layered like an early music choir. Arresting instruments and found sounds build atmospheres within which Leah weaves songs that tell stories of and highlight the plight of the whale. Headphone album full of beauty, life and space. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

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