Phosphorescent - To Willie

Thursday, 5 March 2009, 18:37 | Category : Reviews
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There’s always been a country tinge to Matthew Houck’s woozy, psychedelic Americana, but never has it been so evident until now. Obviously. I guess it’s possible to do a whole album’s worth of Willie Nelson covers in a totally different musical style, but that would be just contrary. Matthew Houck sticks to the formula and [...]

Seven Songs: Dan Michaelson

Thursday, 5 March 2009, 13:45 | Category : Seven Songs
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Next week sees the release of Saltwater, the debut solo album from Absentee frontman Dan Michaelson, aided and abetted by his friends and collaborators The Coastguards. As I’ve said before, it’s a good album, a little mellower that his other band’s output and a perfect home for Dan’s unique vocals. The other things that I’ve [...]

Emmy the Great @ ULU, 27 February 2009

Wednesday, 4 March 2009, 13:21 | Category : Live reviews
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It’s a few songs into Emmy the Great’s set and she’s playing a solo acoustic version of The Hypnotist’s Son, the b-side of her first single, Secret Circus. And I’m feeling proud. This is an odd feeling, because apart for a few people who I know have come to love Emmy’s music through this blog, [...]

I Dreamt I Was a Hammer and Everything Was Glass

Tuesday, 3 March 2009, 0:12 | Category : Good new stuff, Reviews
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Here’s a trailer for a new piece of music that laughs in the face of record-releasing convention. Is it a single? An EP? A mini-album? The answer is none and maybe all of these. I Dreamt I Was a Hammer and Everything Was Glass is a one track, 19-minute instrumental epic from The Monroe Transfer, [...]

Blacklands - The Wytchwood EP

Monday, 2 March 2009, 17:34 | Category : Reviews
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The photo currently acting as the backdrop to the Blacklands myspace page seems to be an appropriate visual representation of their music, evocative as it may be of quiet misty mornings in a field somewhere. Add to that the knowledge that the songs were recorded in a farmhouse on the North Yorkshire moors and you [...]