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The Mining Co - Mountain Fires (Self Release)

Since their last album BURNING SUN AND THE ATOMIC POWER WITHIN The Mining Co have expanded that album's inviting alt country sound, stirring in 50s and 60s singer songwriters, retro keyboards, strings and brass. From the start this album builds on the earlier 2016 release. The rich voice with its...

Hafdis Huld - Dare To Dream Small (Red Grape Music)

Icelandic singer Hafdis joined Icelandic electronica band GusGus at its inception and was vocalist with FC Kahuna on their album MACHINE SAYS YES and the hypnotic single Hayling . Hafdis also appeared on Tricky's Knowle West Boy album. DARE TO DREAM SMALL is Haidis' fourth solo album. It's Huld's...

Lal and Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus (Domino)

Up on Yorkshire's east coast, the folk family that started with Watersons and developed into Carthys with the arrival of Martin has been central to the English folk music scene of recent years. Scourers of secondhand music will tell you that BRIGHT PHOEBUS by Lal and Mike Waterson has been one of...

Richard Thompson - Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing Records)

Released ahead of his Autumn tour, Richard Thompson revisits some of the more obscure songs from his back catalogue. We really have to go back to 1976 for his very first career retrospective, the Island double set GUITAR/VOCAL, which saw the release of a collection of live recordings, studio...

Bob Leslie - Land and Sea (Big Red Records)

"Salt wind stings my eyes blowing up from the sea" so Bob Leslie sings on Orkneyjar, one of the highlights from his latest record LAND AND SEA, an album that captures the mists and winds of the Scottish land and seascapes via twelve original songs from this fine singer songwriter. Each song...

Ifriqiyya Electrique - Rûwâhîne (Glitterbeat)

The soundscapes that Ifriqiyya Electrique present on RÛWÂHÎNE move uncompromisingly between haunting, unsettling, hypnotic and euphoric, each track refusing to let go of its listener as it flickers ominously in and out of darkness. This debut release from the Tunisian Sufi outfit mixes elements of...

Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher (Look Out Kid)

The lyric "those who can, they do, those who can't, review" didn't go unnoticed by this journalistic pretender as the Melbourne-based singer songwriter Jen Cloher made clear her stance on the state of the music scene in Shoegazers , one of the ten songs on this her eponymous fourth album. There's a...

Abatwa (The Pygmy) - Why Did We Stop Growing Tall (Glitterbeat)

The Abatwa 'pygmy' tribe is identified as one of the most marginalised, voiceless and endangered populations in Africa. This album, the forth volume of Glitterbeat's acclaimed Hidden Musics series, follows volumes bringing together, 'Hanoi Masters', 'Khmer Rouge Survivors' and 'Every Song Has Its...

Tami Neilson - Don't Be Afraid (Self Release)

Two of the most arresting albums to pass through my hands in the last few years, this album and Aldous Harding's debut have had one interesting thing in common. Musically, while having a certain sonic charge and eerie late night 'hairs on the back of the neck' atmosphere in common they both inhabit...

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