|Photo by: Kristin Tully|
|Photo from the band's Facebook page|
2. The Burning & The Falling Down – Face The King
3. Rule And Bant – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
4. Shuffle & Deal – Gilmore & Roberts
5. The Stealing Arm – Gilmore & Roberts
6. Evil Girls – The Days
7. Rampart Street – Ben Glover
8. Take Your Loving Back – Michele Stodart
9. The Hill – Flight Brigade
10. Old Scenes – Boat To Row
The Slow Readers Club
Face The King
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Gilmore & Roberts
|Photo from Ben's website|
Ben has been over there in his second home for a few months now working on more music after the release of his latest fourth studio album, Do We Burn The Boats. This album impressed me hugely and I've enjoyed listening to his previous records too. While they themselves have a high level of quality, the progress he's made as he's continued working hard through the years is evident. Treat yourself to some top Americana-fused music from a guy at the top of his game. http://www.benglover.co.uk/
Great news about their debut album having now been mixed, which is what the band have been up to over the past two months. There are also a bunch of gig dates up on the website so get along if you can. Take it from someone who has seen them, they are more than worth it. You will have an awesome time. http://www.flightbrigade.com/
Boat To Row
They're so vibrant with such cosmic energy if they play near you I highly recommend you go along. Likewise, check out their music and links via their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/boattorowmusic
Before I share that oldie - although as it is a song on the new album I guess it is also a newie too - you need to check out the official video for the first single from Tales From Terra Firma, above. It's called Knock Me On The Head, and it is quite simply, stunning! Loving the moustache bassist Oli Steadman is sporting as the news reporter too. Hope that comes out for the song on the tour. Seriously though, the layers of instruments on this particular song, the lyrics, how it all comes together is sublime. It is also very catchy. Something to get into your head and stay there. In the making you want more kind of way, I mean.
Blessed Blush you may have heard if you read a post I published a few weeks ago - prior to the release of the EP - and this just moves things along perfectly, stepping up a level. Hands aren't holding back on that lever and the level keeps cranking up with Risky. This third track would be my personal favourite of the lot, if I was forced to choose just one. In The Wreckage brings things to a beautiful close but be warned you really will be left wanting more! I'm humming this one in my head already, long after having listened to it. There's something that latches on to you with the music being made and put together here. The mix of instruments intertwine like the finely cooked meal of a master chef. It is indie folk verging on soft rock steeped in contemporary Americana. In sum, it is one heck of a tasty treat. Go buy it, please.
Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou
The single comes with the rare b-side Redemption Movement. Recorded at one of their first duo recording sessions back in 2008, it is a wonderful track. http://trevormossandhannahlou.com/
Make sure you check in at their Facebook page and bag yourself a bargain bundle. They are offering a Love The Thunder bundle. £15 gets you two neat physical CDs, a nifty new t-shirt and a mug. Some cool merchandise for you to help promote the guys wherever you're at. https://www.facebook.com/thescholarsofficial
"Really strong song" - Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music
"I really liked their previous single Wired and so I was eager to hear the band’s new release Love The Thunder – the good news is that it sounds even better.." - Glasswerk
I'm keeping it brief here as I'll be playing Kings on the next podcast so there will be more featured on Sukh next time. The album is sublime though, I will reiterate that. If iTunes is your thing then click >>here<< to buy the single so it can continue whetting your appetite for the album. http://www.iamsukh.com
Wings of Apollo Flying High
There is so much going on I'll admit it is hard to know where to begin. The guitar playing is exquisite. It is perfection. Think Jimmy Page at his experimental best and yes that is a lofty comparison but it's what I'm hearing at times, via this debut self-titled album. It is a FREE album too by the way so why not go grab it for yourself and see (or hear) what all the commotion is about. The ten tracks therein will well and truly rock you in to another week. There's a real heavy and wonderful blues to the likes of Can You Hear Me Now and this is mixed cleverly with the hard rock sound. Son Of A Gun is so hook-laden you'll be singing and humming along before very long. Jesse Korby's vocals cut right through everything to deliver lyrical parcels that remain crystal clear and poignant. It's great how he's able to showcase his range with the likes of In The Morning, too. Don't get me wrong, while it's important to share the huge talents of Jesse, Wings of Apollo is by no means a one-man band. Bassist Pat Graves and drummer Dave Martin are integral. Pat's appreciation for 90s grunge is evident and this spills out through the speakers in such a way it alters the whole in the most positive of ways. The transcendental qualities of the 9 minute closing anthem Temple is sheer musical bliss. The intro builds up with a gradual perfection lasting four minutes. What follows is nothing short of a classic!
In fact, it feels to me like they've done something akin to UK band Syd Arthur. With their debut album On An On they capture the magic and all that was great about late 60's and 70's psychedelia. Using their outstanding talents they rework this into something that's fresh and new. Something that is unlike anything else out there. This is one of the most important things about this kind of stuff. It really is original. It is unique. It is exciting! There's a foot firmly in the past but the eyes are well into the future. Wings of Apollo do something similar but with rock verging on the cusp of some grunge as opposed to the psychedelia. It's so brilliant. It is breathtaking. There should be a warning for listeners to ensure they stock up on oxygen tanks because they'll need them. Wings of Apollo are flying high indeed and making music like this it won't be long before they soar like the eagles of old! http://www.wingsofapollo.com/
Laurence Fox Shoudn't Be Sorry For His Words
With quality like this, 2013 will be a huge year for Jesse and you'll be hearing lots more from him I have no doubt. More to come from him in future posts. Do keep up to date at his official Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/jessewillmusic
If forced to choose a favourite I'd say it would have to be Mary's original song The Boatman. This is easily one of the stand out tracks from an altogether very impressive record. It manages to capture you and pull you in. When Mary sings about that mist rolling in from the sea, you can feel it wrapping around you. It's cold and dark as it swallows up her dear beloved boatman. The fires lit on those shores roar with a ferocity at the loss. The fires are beacons of a desperate hope. The instrumental arrangement on the track is sublime. Let us also not forget the incredibly moving tale of John Condon. I've heard so many poignant songs over the years spanning so many different genres but I can honestly say I have never heard anything as truly moving as this one delivered via Mary's unique and beautiful voice. Likewise, The Month Of January deserves singling out too.
This is a really interesting record. Opening track The Turns does just that. It turns in some way, incorporating a fair bit into this first four or so minute introduction to David Bronson's music. From the softer parts where his vocal gets to shine to the maniacal parts where he struggles to be heard. This is executed beautifully as the subject matter calls for something just like it. And that guitar riff in the final act is quite simply put, magnificent! The wild guitar and rockier tones continue with Times which feels very much like an extension of its predecessor. Now it is time for the journey to begin. So far, quite big in scope but don't get too comfortable just yet. This hectic feel is reigned in a little with If. The pace soon picks up again but producing something akin to what real pop music should sound like. That is before the rock guitar riffs return to dazzle you.
Just before I manage to completely collapse this page thanks to all the bits I'm embedding to share I have a couple more things to add that really need your attention.
My appeal here is to point out that although an incredibly strong contender, Nick is a complete outsider insofar as promotion and being out on the gig circuit goes. His unique and poignant songs rarely secure much in the way of high profile airplay and he does not enjoy the support and back up that comes to most in the business. Further, I'd like to point out a few important things about his recent album Gathered, which secured him this nomination. It was made at zero cost; publicised entirely from home; reviewed only on merit; and with nothing more in mind than the desire to fulfill a creative need in writing songs. From the numerous albums I was introduced to last year I selected Gathered as one of a select few top favourites. This is because here is a quality Nick brings to the table that in between records is sadly missed and rarely, if ever, matched. Get yourself to the bandcamp page where you can listen to Gathered in full then hop on to the Spiral Earth Awards website and support this outsider to win an award he so clearly deserves. http://gathered.bandcamp.com/
Go go Emo Rangers....you mighty moshin emo rangers! Yes, that's right. This is actually a thing! Awesome stuff! Seriously, this is an actual thing. No, this is not what I've been working on since the last blogcast. If it had have been though, I'd be mightily impressed with the results.