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OP3 - Lumina EP (Fluttery Records)

In just three pieces, OP3 take us on a short musical journey and as the cover art suggests, it's all light and shade, which is reflected in the three pieces. Ambient, reflective and tonally spacious, Lumina's three dreamscapes pave the way for an anticipated full-length album project. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Qais Essar - The Ghost You Love Most (Premiere)

Enchanting instrumental music of a spiritual nature, written and performed by contemporary Afghan musician Qais Essar. His third album to date, the pieces feature predominantly, although by no means exclusively, the rabab, an ancient Afghan stringed instrument. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Josh Rouse - Love in the Modern Age (Yep Roc Records)

New Romanticism re-visited by the Nebraska-born singer songwriter, now relocated to Spain, his acoustic guitar put aside in favour of keyboards, sax and moody 1980s synth-pop musings, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man in places, especially on the title song. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Wilde Roses - Wilde Roses (Blood and Desire)

Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden members of Mediaeval Babes, follow their muse to folk infused with Elizabethan ballad spirit. The duos vocals are beautiful. The accompaniment is period, courtly early dance music that is gentle and touched by the dark edge of The Third Ear Band. Sublime. (MH)

Star rating: 
4

Ash Gray - Chicken Wire (Labelship Records)

Texan songwriter Ash Gray now relocated to Sheffield in the UK brings together Yorkshire and Austin Texas musicians. The resulting album blends Country and an undercurrent of 60s Psych music. The cosmic cowboy of Texas blended with the gritty Folk Troubadour of the UK. Chickenwire is a pleasing mix...

Star rating: 
5

Miriam Cooke - Freefalling (First Night Records)

Miriam Cooke has a clear voice with the purity and power of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez. The arrangements are simple giving her singing space to shine through and shine gloriously it does. Miriam makes it sound so simple, so effortless and so perfect. On songs like Freefalling and...

Star rating: 
4

Blackbeard’s Tea Party - Leviathan EP (Self Release)

Adrenaline-fuelled Ceilidh folk with attitude from York's finest, as they take their swashbuckling shenanigans aboard The Diamond, whilst hard rocking the title track along the gangplank. It's party time with whaling songs, and a fun time guaranteed for all me hearties. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Deer Park Ranger - Bottom of the Ocean (Fluttery Records)

Highly personal minimalist musings courtesy of Trevor Humphrey in his first full-length album project under the guise of Deer Park Ranger. If not specifically music for airports, then certainly music for submarine base lounges. Also ideal for personal reflection in our own favourite spaces. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Lydian Collective - Adventure (Lydian)

Adventurous London-based quartet creating uplifting melodies right before our ears. Building on a jazz framework, Lydian Collective take the music on new journeys with unfussy yet thoroughly engaging musicianship, reminiscent of some of Prog Rock's finer moments in places. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

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