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The Mammals - Sunshiner (Humble Abode Music)

The Mammals blend together an earthy soul, glorious vocals, some front porch folk rock grit and a liberal pinch of weird. The long standing band return after a period away with the goals of raising social consciousness and raising a party spirit. Culture War, Fork In The Road and The Flood are Soul...

Star rating: 
5

Ivor Game - Be Good To Yourself (Self Release)

With solo voice and punchy guitar Ivor Game delivers a stripped back performance that sounds right next to you in the room. Immediate folk jazz vocals with the smiling bounce of a summer busker can't help but put a smile on your face (MH)

Star rating: 
3

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage - Awake (Sungrazing Records)

Most who stumble upon the voice of Hannah Sanders agree that there's a purity to it, which is a rare thing. You believe every word she sings, whether the songs are from the tradition or whether they've been thought up and written down by contemporary minds. The effect is very much the same. Dylan...

Star rating: 
5

Seabuckthorn - A House With Too Much Fire (Bookmaker)

A HOUSE WITH TOO MUCH FIRE layers guitar tones and pedal steel like glissendoes. Slowly building sounds suggest Desert sunrises or open urban spaces unfolding in front of you. The tracks are comparatively brief, but without percussion time drips by, as measured as a Godfrey Reggio Philip Glass...

Star rating: 
4

Adam James Sorensen - Dust Cloud Refrain (Continental Song City)

Chicago-born singer songwriter Adam Sorensen inhabits the spirit of Woody Guthrie with reflections on the austere and dusty landscape, soundtracked by high lonesome harmonica wails and chugging freight trains, music for the open roads and steel rails, with grains of dust dancing in the wind (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Ross Anslie and Ali Hutton - Symbiosis II (Self Release)

SYMBIOSIS II is the follow up to Ross Anslie and Ali Hutton excellent instrumental album Symbiosis. Ali and Ross are a pair of musicians who together or apart consistently turn out interesting and exciting music. They have gathered around them an impressive set of supporting players making a bigger...

Star rating: 
4

Artificial Waves - Initial Link (Fluttery Records)

This remixed, remastered and reissued 2013 release by Russian post rock outfit Artificial Waves boldly stands as a strong instrumental EP but would benefit from the occasional vocal contribution (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Gerry Spehar - Anger Management (Self Release)

Raised by a Colorado family of coal miners, ranchers and homesteaders, Gerry Spehar returns with thirteen songs, once again carrying his authentic country boy credentials convincingly well. There's plenty of protest, a pinch of the burlesque and the spirit of Hank Williams looming in the wings. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Trailhead - Keep Walking (Self Release)

This aptly-titled album courtesy of East Berlin-born Tobias Panwitz, aka Trailhead, contains a dozen songs marking out the prolific songwriter's cinematic world travels, with the emphasis on walking those streets, mountains and country roads. Ideal ipod, boots and backpack music. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

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