Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire

Wildfire, perfectly captures in a word the burning power of Elles Bailey’s vocals and stage presence as she sings blues that have captured in its blue flame, country, roots and soul. The voice is smoky with textures and tones that pulls out lyrics and coats them in Elles special brand of Bristol fanned Wildfire.

Often the word unique is used when talking about an artist especially on a debut album. In the case of Elles Bailey it is most definitely true. Her blues fuelled sound is lived-in, and is the fortuitous result of a childhood illness. Having recovered from both viral and bacterial pneumonia; her voice at the age of three had changed, leading to her ENT specialist prophetically observing, “If she ever wants to sing, she’ll be a natural blues vocalist!”

Wildfire started out as a demo that she had arranged to cut in Nashville whilst on a family road trip as Elles explained, “You know, ‘when in Rome’ and all that? But what was meant to be just one solitary track took on a life of its own. Before I knew it, boom, we had a whole album!”

Elles has surrounded herself with musicians chosen so that your ears mine through rich veins of blues tones and textures. Using musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, from USA guitarist Brent Mason and Chris Leuzinger, pianist Bobby Wood; and the rhythm combo of bassist Mike Brignardello on bass and Wes Little on drums. We always love some more glitz so joining the Wildfire party legendary Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Roger Cook came on board. Once back in the UK adding their depths of musical talents and blending the music into a continuous perfectly woven tapestry are Jonny Henderson on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar. Without the skills, oversight and direction from producer Brad Nowell this could have been a fire burning out of control instead we have music that is balanced and sumptuous.

Opening with a howl of guitar conjuring up wilderness, Wild West the scene is set with the title track as blues meets country coming back down the road. What really captures your musical ear is the voice; Elles has an understanding of the lyric taking it slowly, giving the words space and building the tension. The music and lyrics paint a visual picture in your minds-eye creating cinematic music. The winning combination of Bobby’s piano and Jonny’s Hammond soothes the soul as her vocals drop with smoothness of whipped rich cream sharpened with a jolt of citric.  The song is wistful and you empathise with the pain she is feeling as the drums beat out the road she has to travel as the perennial question What If I is asked again and again through the track. Leaving you wondering about your past asking your own What If I question.

Half way through the album and the delta slide guitar blues has an outing with Let Me Hear You Scream, again the shaping of the vocals gets the story told and we just want to hear her vocals growl with intent when she sings the title.  The tempo rises as if the wind is fanning the fire with Shackles of Love her soulful modulation and backing vocals curl around the instrumentation that she has under total control.

Again, the tones are full of interest country with added values as we check in to Barrel Of Your Gun, starting smooth the vocals harden and the mesmeric qualities of music that is rooted in the blues and flowers free using the qualities of lyrics vocals and musicians she has surrounded herself with. With a tribute to the blues man on Howlin’ Wolf we hear her howl and celebrate the blues in her own way that will become a trademark as her career further establishes itself. The music slows, her vocals sung softly as we have a true blues number with Girl Who Owned The Blues; Elles Bailey already owns her style of blues in her hands, Wildfire is going to win her more. Closing the album out with Time’s A Healer; leaving us with a quiet gentle number reflective and the voice shimmering like a reflection in a pool of silver water. Another picture painted and we want to listen to the album all over again.

The only slight dampening of the flames  in the music is that the tempo across the track is fairly similar, perhaps rather than blending the styles as she has in the majority of tracks. Some celebration of soul country and blues so listeners can see the variation and the power of the blending. This minor irritant did nothing to stop me enjoying the dozen tracks. Elles Bailey, has created a debut album that is sassy blues, modern using the rich treasure chest of roots, soul and country to create an album that burns hot and is fresh whilst being hot. This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent. The future of blues in UK is hot and strong with the fiery breath of Elles Bailey singing out to entertain and keep the blues alive. Wildfire, Elles Bailey What a Stunning Voice! Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.

 

Elles Bailey  – Wildfire – Release date 1st September

Pre-order via Elles Pledge Campaign HERE

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Track Listing

  1. Wildfire
  2. Same Flame
  3. What If I
  4. Barrel Of Your Gun
  5. Perfect Storm
  6. Let Me Hear You Scream
  7. Shake It Off
  8. Shackles Of Love
  9. Believed In You
  10. Howlin’ Wolf
  11. Girl Who Owned The Blues
  12. Time’s A Healer

Elles Bailey Scorching New Album Wildfire

Jesse & Joy Serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop

Jesse & Joy Serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop

Jesse & Joy Serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop

As, Jesse & Joy serenades on New Album Luscious Latin Pop the songs and melodies float with a delicacy of white clouds across a bright sky. Joy’s vocals are sweet as honey as the self-titled album opens with their pair of debut U.K; singles Echoes of Love and More Than Amigo. Two singles that reflect the light and Latin sides of the duo who have a string of Grammys. Number 1 hits and more.

The album Jesse & Joy is their first dual-language as the Mexican brother & Sister spread their wings beyond Latin America and the US Latin charts. The music is infectious, and will appeal to a broad base of music lover. They have a mellow pop lusciousness this brother and sister duo from Mexico can deliver a sound that gets your attention whether singing Spanish or English the tune and deliver has an infectious quality.

The music is a delicious spicy chocolate smothered Latino pop, with spice. Yes, musical equivalent of Mexicans blending of chocolate, spice and jesseyjoy.com tastes. No Soy Una De Esta, defy you not to jump up and down dance and smile with a samba infuse number. If you are ‘I’m not one of these’ you will be listening with a huge smile and foot tapping delight.

With the closing track ¡Corre! is heard earlier on in English Run! A piano driven ballad full of emotive energy contained within the breathy vocals sung in either language the emotions portrayed are the same.

There is no argument that this is an album of two halves. Opening with strong numbers, a gallop there is a fading of energy. As we then revisit the same shapes and tempos. That said, this is an album that made me smile, gave me warmth of the sun. Made me get up and dance. You do feel one-hundred percent more positive after 44 minutes in Jesse and Joy’s company.  Jesse & Joy dedicated Grammy award  to Hispanics everywhere self-title album pops with linguistic magic

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Track Listing

  1. Echoes of Love
  2. More Than Amigos
  3. Espacio Sideral
  4. Helpless
  5. Run
  6. No Soy Una De Esas (Featuring Alejandro Sanz)
  7. La De La Mala Suerte
  8. Here I Go
  9. Un Besito Mas (Featuring Juan Luis Guerra)
  10. Llegaste Tu
  11. Little Drops of Love
  12. ¡Corre!

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Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

 

When Nathan James stormed onto the stage at Planet Rockstock 2015 with Inglorious eighteen months ago the potential for something huge, replicating the rock bands of the past was written in the stars, as reflected in the crystal ball on the cover of their first self-titled album. From that point they have grown into the band they promised to be. The second album is always difficult. Not for Inglorious they didn’t waste time and effort on a title – it is simply Inglorious II. That is the only simply thing.

With a dozen original numbers written by the whole band the feeling of musicians working together creating an organic living musical identity from first to the last chords is evident. This is all underpinned by this studio album having the fluidity, driving energy of a live sound. Being on the road, receiving audience reactions have shaped and formed the sound as they recorded as they play live, with raw energy and the building of tones from the instruments and not trickery.  With the mixing done by  Kevin Shirley  the album has a the stamp of Classic Rock, not trapped in the past but as a sounding board for music you want to rock to.
The band wrote the whole album with no guest writers this time, they said “It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time poss.”

The opening chords are full of controlled restraint, the feel of acoustic, building the suspense we have all been feeling since announcement date 12th May for the release of the album on Frontiers Records. The crash of cymbals the melodic howl of Nathan as we are off on an Inglorious rush of melodic rock, play it often and play it loud Nathan may sing I Don’t Need Your Loving! BUT! We need your heady rock fueled energy it is fresh, modern, created for the twenty-first century with a quality that is firmly stepping back in time.

Third track in and you know that this is an album that will perform superbly live, and in the meantime will stay on repeat. Tell Me Why; demonstrates that Nathan has the freedom to perform those toe curling with delight vocals because of the band. The four musicians throughout provide more than a solid platform they give the sound shape and form for the lyrics and vocals to curl round, whether in anger, love or for the pure joy of singing.  The drumming from Phil Beaver is rhythmically strong as we Read All About It and Andreas’ guitar work has a sting in its tail.  As the groove changes with Change Is Coming and its deep bass line from Colin Patterson. Inglorious are a band connected through the music they love to play.

The blistering guitar opening of No Good For You, they may sing and play like that every day for me and will definitely be good for lovers of rock. As the album reaches its finale, we have time to draw our breath, reset our energy levels with Faraway, simple, quieter, a controlled vocal delivery from Nathan full of delicate intricacies. Faraway is a beguiling track. Then the grand closing number with High Class Woman. High class certainly describes the album.

Do not expect surprises, this is a rock album and they deliver.  As ever Inglorious are being compared and contrasted to bands and singers of the past. For me that is a useful starting point, the reality is Nathan James and Inglorious on the second recorded offering are proving they are not pale imitations. The sound is Inglorious’ own, the sound is glorious.

Before, making albums Nathan thought to himself, “Why are those classic albums so awesome?” He realised it was because “the musicians were recording in an organic way; they could track it live and capture amazing energy.” He certainly has lived up to his observations on the whirlwind raw and tamed Inglorious II. Joining the charismatic front man and vocalist Nathan James are lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson, rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, and drummer Phil Beaver.  With the departure of Wil from the band it is welcoming back former guitarist Drew Lowe.

Inglorious II is a mighty fine rock album with all the necessary components, but definitely not playing rock by numbers. This is modern rock with attitude, raw and at times a little bit dangerous. They want to thrill you through music and inglorious ii definitely thrills.

 

Inglorious – Inglorious II –  Frontiers Music Srl

on May 12, 2017.

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Track Listing

    1. I Don’t Need Your Loving
    2. Taking The Blame
    3. Tell Me Why
    4. Read All About It
    5. Change Is Coming
    6. Making Me Pay
    7. Hell Or High Water
    8. No Good For You
    9. I Got A Feeling
    10. Black Magic
    11. Faraway
    12. High Class Woman

    Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious IIThe album will be released as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles “I Don’t Need Your Loving” and “Taking The Blame”.

    A vinyl release will also be made available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.
    Inglorious II features
    Nathan James – vocals
    Andreas Eriksson – lead guitars
    Wil Taylor – guitars
    Colin Parkinson – bass guitar
    Phil Beaver – drums

    TOUR DATES

    2017  Dates announced so far are:

    19th May 2017- UK, London, Islington Assembly
    16th June 2017 – FRANCE, Clisson, Hellfest Festival
    18th June 2017 – BELGIUM, Dessel, Graspop Festival
    22nd June 2017 – DENMARK, Copenhagen Festival
    24th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
    19th August 2017 – UK, Tilford, Weyfest Festival

    Entering The World of Classic Rock Inglorious II

Migration Blues the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues Mastery

Migration Blues
the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues Mastery

When you listen to a new Eric Bibb album you expect extraordinary blues, he is one of the best. Does Migration Blues reach my expectations? Yes, the album surpasses expectations.  The reason fo the album name, Migration Blues is the connectivity between now and the past. As Eric said “ Fleeing war & hardship is something people have been doing all over the world for millennia – nothing new … Whether you’re looking at a former sharecropper, hitchhiking from Clarksdale to Chicago in 1923, or an orphan from Aleppo, in a boat full of refugees in 2016 — it’s migration blues.”
On the album, Eric joined by JJ Millaeu with his harmonica and the multi–instrumentalist John Browne on guitar, fiddle and banjo. Also on the album are sympathetic drumming, at times harking back to the pain of slaves forced migration out of Africa from Olle Linder, Big Daddy Wilson and Ulrika Bibb’s backing vocals. It is Eric Bibb that drives the album directing tone and tempo as he emotionally sings the lyrics with strong and at times painful stories to tell. Bibb is the modern man of the blues he is the real deal.

The context of the album is Migration, the impact, hurt and pain of leaving home whether from Aleppo in 2016 or the migration from rural South to industrial North. Scratch the surface and we all have migrants in our ancestry, moving from home is a shared history. The parallels weave through the album from contemporary to historical migration.  Shaped and discussed on social media, and news stories, on migration blues the elegant simplicity tells the truth of the pain of migration.

Opening with Refugee Moan, the plucked strings deep and redolent of journeys yet to take and we board the train at the heart of many a blues song. Eric Bibb, implores to be able to ride the train, let me board the ship this is a song of the desperate need for deliverance into the great unknown. Powerful messages pen your minds and take the journey through the vocals and words of Bibb the bluesman for today. With simple arrangements acting as gentle punctuation and soundscapes for the power of the lyrics redolent with meaning and the human condition. Every track is special. Highlights for me are the prayerful intoning of Prayin’ For Shore, as you want to reach a stranger’s land unknowing if help or violence will greet you the harmonica cries in harmony with the lyrics. The deep southern blues of Migration Blues, an instrumental with the depth of his twelve string resonator and the imploring of the harp cries the pain that no words are needed to explain.  The stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War fits perfectly in the track list of the album, as does Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land. The hope of a better life is there with Brotherly Love and the closing Mornin’ Train. Once more Eric Bibb has captured today in the simplicity of his blues shining and pure.  This is an album that makes you think, feel the plight of others and be slower to condemn and quicker to find out the story behind the stranger in a strange land as Eric says Peace and Love.

Eric Bibb – Blues Migration – Dixiefrog Records

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Track Listing

  1. Refugee Moan
  2. Delta Giveaway
  3. Diego’s Blues – 01
  4. Prayin’ For Shore
  5. Migration Blues
  6. Four Years, No Rain
  7. We Had To Move
  8. Masters Of War
  9. Brotherly Love
  10. La Vie C’est Comme Un Oignon
  11. With A Dolla In my Pocket
  12. This Land Is Your Land
  13. Postcard From Brooker
  14. Blacktop
  15. Mornin’ Train

Migration Blues the story unfolds under Eric Bibb Blues Mastery

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson

 

Ready The Horses New Album By Jarrod Dickenson, takes you on a lyrical musical ride that you will want to repeat. Music and storytelling are in harmonious unison under the reins of Jarrod as he Ready the Horses. Opening with Faint of Heart is the acoustic guitar with percussive power and the Hammond adding warmth to a number that has its hooks deep into your musical soul. You want to listen to more, Jarrod’s influences reach deep into the Lone Star State, where he was born, with his immense talent he builds on traditions and creates a depth of tone and feeling of modern Country with the cleanness of freshly mown grass.

The ten numbers work with the change of textures and beats, through clever songwriting and imaginative instrumentation that builds and adding to the focus of Jarrod’s distinctive tuneful vocals. The timing on Take It From Me adds drama, integrity and searing emotions as the number builds. The tempo slows, with the duet of Your Heart Belongs To Me, the vocal duties are sung by husband and wife Jarrod and Claire. The guitar and vocals combine with lyrics creating a heavenly love song.
His Debut The Lonesome Traveller was critically acclaimed and for many, the second album is often a tricky beast. No problem for Jarrod Ready The Horses, the stallions are punching the air with delight ready to take you on an exhilarating Country gallop.

A trio of Jarrod style Americana with California, Gold Rush and A Cowboy & The Moon three songs three distinct sounds. California, retro in its acoustic gentleness, mesmeric in its simplicity. This is a tale of questions, do you still think of me even though I am in the past. Then we darken with a heavier growling Jarrod, with Gold Rush. The power of the number is barely contained, nothing is rushed we are stepping out on a journey with a bluesy feel that adds but never defines the number. Jarrod’s vocals are the gold in this Gold Rush, Anyone listing to the album will be all the richer for having Ready The Horses in their collection. The cowboy meets his horses with A Cowboy &The Moon, a dose of Tex Mex a ballad that explores the cowboy’s feelings.

Closing out the album of ten delicious sonic treats with I Won’t Quit., in which the vocals shape the lyrics with hurt, sorrow and pain as he has said the words all wrong. A ballad that lingers and connects. One thing is positive once heard you will never quit the Jarrod Dickenson sound.

The album from first note to last has an honest elegance and integrity in the shaping of the lyrics and the music. This has been added to by the excellent production and recording the core band live onto 2” tape as musicians of yesteryear did. Jarrod anecdotally recalls, “recording to tape produces a much warmer sound’” Yes, the sound is warm, emotions are heartfelt so Ready The Horses and listen to Jarrod’s distinctive vocals.

Jarrod Dickenson Ready The Horses – Hooked Records
Out 10th March

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Track Listing

  1. Faint Of Heart
  2. Take It From Me
  3. Way Past Midnight
  4. In The Meantime
  5. California
  6. Gold Rush
  7. A Cowboy & The Moon
  8. Nothing More
  9. I Won’t Quit

Ready The Horses Jarrod Dickinson Tour & Album

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

 

With a jig in your step, you embark on John Cee Stannard’s latest album that Takes You To The River. The flow of music is fresh, free-flowing with the sparkling sunshine and the fish leaping with Stannard’s exploration of country blues with the Blue Horizon.

Behind the glow of the music are darker messages that explore life and human frailties. With ten John Cee Stannard originals with the essence of blues the done the British way and two re-worked classics by Jelly Roll Morton, Winin’ Boy Blues and the eponymous House of The rising Sun given a complete makeover.  The Blue Horizon are the lynchpin to the Stannard sound, Mike Baker and Howard Birchmore providing guitar and harmonica layers of texture and tone building on the rhythms laid down by drummer Julian Brown & Andy Crowdy’s double bass, with special guests keeping the music varied and full of interest.

The music and vocals have a bright spring in their step as the album opening with Do It All Over Again.  Full of sharp melodies and a witty look at life how we just do it all over again as we try to get ahead despite bills and taxes! This is feet tapping music that has a wide appeal as the tempo rises in Separation-2 rag blues suiting the tribulations of coping with several girlfriends. He shares the problem again with tuneful humour as he rhymes the ditty with the women names he has chosen. Opening with delightful harp, we learn about Margery, Eleanor and the rest of the girls. The styles of blues/country incorporated are done with a gentle and deft touch so the shape is always British keeping the Stannard feel and approach.

The title track, Run To The River, flows with vocals filled out with the Farnham Community choir and guest vocalist Julia Titus. A high point of the album full of gospel power as we reach the half-way point with the first cover.  Winin’ Boy Blues, beautifully captured harnessing the music of country in the America of the 1930’s. Gospel and slide guitar form a winning combination on The Good Lord Didn’t Tell Me, slow full of mournful shading with Julia and the choir returning. Starting slow almost at a funeral pace John opens House of The Rising Sun, the guitar picks up the pace as the classic is reformed and the harmonica just rises the sun superb.  Blues is the theme, so a train song is often hidden in the track list. With Simon Mayor’s fiddle adding a sharp piquancy and the extra vocal power from Julia provide a positive train song we are going home. This is a get up and dance tune, Let The Train Whistle Blow. The closing track Nothing is What You get leaves us up-tempo with Simon Mayor’s fiddle adding a ragtime beat when combined with the piano of Matt Epson that makes a statement that adds to the tonal texture and shape.  The clever lyrics, slightly tongue in cheek from wordsmith John Cee Stannard shapes the album, influencing pace and approach on a happy album as John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

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Track Listing

  1. Do It All Over Again
  2. Separation – 2
  3. History
  4. Have Your Fun
  5. Run To The River
  6. Winin’ Boy Blues Jelly Roll Morton
  7. The Good Lord Didn’t Tell ME
  8. House Of The Rising Sun Traditional
  9. The Wretch
  10. Let The Train Whistle Blow
  11. Ain’t No Livin’ With The Blues
  12. Nothin’ Is What You Got

John Cee Stannard’s Latest Album Takes You To The River

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

 

 

This is the second EP that has caught Bluesdoodles from the Rainbreakers, a young band that is definitely blowing away the rain clouds. Rise Up builds from the foundations of their debut studio recording Blood Not Brass. The five-tracks allow the quartet to explore styles and leaves fans wanting more, Rise recorded at Purple Door Studios, producer Robin Andrews (Conduct, Stereophonics etc.) has developed in the Shrewsbury band a clear sense of purpose.

Opening with a fuzzy, psychedelic sound with clash of cymbals and judicious use of Wah Wah pedal as Ben Edwards belts out the vocals in keeping with the feel of the late sixties. The lyrics explore relationships not meant to be sustained, what is sustained is the infectious guitar riff that drives the track forward.  The vocals of Ben get the songs noticed, underneath is the instrumentation providing so much more than a backdrop. On the title track Charlie Richards’ lead guitar is fulsome, with the sting of a scorpion tail. The rhythm is positive as the lyrics explore the changing world and divides being formed so is it time to Rise Up with Rainbreakers.

Half-way through and following the serious, contemporary questions posed in Rise Up, the tempo is taken down with Waiting On You exploring a relationship full of broken promises. The laid back sound is full of tones as Sam Edwards’ drumming and bassist Peter Adams shape the mood combined with echoing backing vocals. Slow blue suits the hurt and anguish when taking a decision you know is right for you but still hurts.

The band is then back, with a retro psychedelic feel that has a contemporary twist.  There is no doubt that the E.P will ensure the Perception of the Rainbreakers as being in the forefront of modern day British Blues. Perception is a relaxed love song that has a vagueness that captures the soul of the number.

Closing out a far too short visit into Rainbreakers world of music is provided by Living Free. As the precise drumming opens out with vocals that are timeless this is music that fits the bill, entertaining, melodic and full of interest. Developing and using the blues base but never fenced in or curtailed. With the stunning solos from Charlie Richards, you are left wanting more. Solution: Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP and demand a full-length album.

Rise Up With The Rainbreakers Latest EP

Rainbreakers – Rise Up

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Track Listing

  1. On My Own
  2. Rise Up
  3. Waiting On You
  4. Perception
  5. Living Free

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

 

Beautiful album cover as Sarah says thank you for being the stars in my sky. As the cover opens revealing golden stars sparkling with the mysteries of the moon against an indigo background.  Allowing the listener before hearing a note played capturing the ethereal, dreamy feel of the music Sarah Darling has captured on the ten tracks from Wandering Star around Halley’s Comet and onto the closer Stargazer.  To categorise the album in Country is just simplistic, a form of genre blindness. Sarah is a singer full of poise and sophistication who has weaved into the foundation, jazz, folk and a purity of melody ensuring the lyrics shine with startling force reflecting a starry night.   The exploration of Dream Country begins with Wandering Star. Like a shooting star capturing the emotional journey of following one’s heart as one takes the first step pinto an unknown future.  English folk assails the ear with Anchor, co-written by Sam Palladino who grew up in Cornwall, which captures the wildness of the Cornish coast and safe anchorage of harbour and home. Nashville colliding with Cornwall is a partnership that has perfect harmony.

The tempo picks up and darkens, all is not sweet as Sarah sings Tell The Devil. With country rocking out with a gentle but persistent percussive beat, we have a wildness and the feeling of a journey going out of control.  The Smiths Cover, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, acoustic and with a gentle vocal never as good as the original in my opinion, Morrissey’s gruffer vocals gave the original an edge missing on this outing.

We have violins, sharp and with a gypsy melancholy opening to Montmartre, Sarah’s journey takes us to a city she loves Paris. Gently dreamlike and romantic as we float around the streets. We lose the violins and a gentler orchestration takes over. So much more could have been done with the violins showing a darker underbelly of the city.

The debut UK Single You Take Me All The Way has a gentle jazz cocktail hour vibe. With a breathy vocal that lingers on with the vocals leaving you wanting more. As we meet Stargazer the last track, ethereal her vocals silky and otherworldly, the album fades away with a gentle wave rather than a memorable shout.  An album that under 40 minutes is a quick jaunt leaving us wanting to hear more and listen to greater exploration of the harmonies that define Sarah Darling. Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Sarah Darling – Country Dream – Be Darling Records

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Track Listing

  1. Wandering Star
  2. Where Cowboys Ride
  3. Anchor
  4. Tell The Devil
  5. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
  6. Starry Eyes
  7. Montmartre
  8. Halley’s Comet
  9. You Take Me All The Way
  10. Stargazer

Visit Dream Country With Sarah Darling New Album

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

 

Bleeker takes Rock to a different dimension, a collision of psych-tinged grooves and The Black Keys swagger. Canada is a hotbed of music that is cutting the edge of genres, twisting and turning the shape of music into a sound contemporary and grounded in the long discography that forms the history and memories of rock classics.

Bleeker a trio comprising Taylor Perkins on vocals, Cole Perkins on guitar and on bass Mike Van Dyk have been kicking up an indie storm following on from their self-titled EP with album Erase You. Bleeker was formerly Bleeker Ridge – two sets of brothers Taylor and Cole Perkins, and Dan and Dustin Steinke. Vocalist Taylor Perkins says, “Bleeker has worked really hard to be where we are today and we cannot wait to start sharing our music with the world. We’re all really stoked to get on the road and perform, getting to meet and make new fans all over. If you can’t have fun in rock ‘n’ roll, then where can you have fun? Grab our EP and come hang with us this year!!”

Starting the journey the Bleeker way with Highway, the undertow is rock and the curl of modern pop fused into a catchy mix full of interest this would get audiences jumping with the thrill of live music whatever the size of the venue.  We often feel that bands are just adjusting the sound of bands they followed in their teens, yes, Black Keys echo but never overwhelm. Bleeker have erased that thought with Erase You.  This is modern edgy, may not be to your taste, but that said, throughout the album your interest is maintained.   Free flowing with the energy of the opening track is not a tribute to the band. What it does have is an attitude fuelled by deep bluesy riffs and a beat that rocks your socks this is music of now. As we hear throughout the album the lyrics are confident and as Taylor sings “I don’t want your money girl … I just want to be myself”. Bleeker are definitely themselves.

The title track is the turning point the experimenting and stretching of the sound now in full blossom. The shape and form never lost with the mixing of pop-rock and elements of blues-rock are melded with a sound that connects through the strength of lyrics and Taylor Perkins vocals that have a melodic clarity.

Now to throw into the attitude that shapes Bleeker is a punk-fueled number Radio Radio a dance tune that has an infectious feel that is never punk just borrowing the tempo without the snarl and has been dampened down and made more commercial. This is seen several times and understandably this is a young band finding their voice and does not deter from the Bleeker approach to Contemporary Rock.  If it was alt-rock then it would be more edgy less recognisable in form and shape to lovers of bands of yesterday. They are a twenty-first-century rock band creating commercial sound. Borrowing from the past but never slaves to them.

On Emergency the rock is light and will be instantly recognisable on a couple of listens, followed by a quieter number, do we need a ballad type song on an album that is looking to be different. Now, the piano is pointless with the instrumentation weaker and the vocals just did not have that gravitas. Too soft and gentle.

Closing with Every Time You Call, closes out an album that dips its toes into styles and rock that certainly has loads of potential. With the crafting of a true Bleeker sound, this is a band that has loads of musical avenues to explore. One thing is for certain Erase You is an album that is an interesting listen delivered by a band that wants to rock you and not Erase You.

 

Bleeker Album showcasing Canadian Indie-Rock with Erase You

Bleeker – Erase You – Five Seven Music

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Highway
  2. Free
  3. Getting Out
  4. Erase You
  5. I’m Not Laughing Now
  6. Still Got Love
  7. Radio Radio
  8. Where’s Your Money
  9. Emergency
  10. Close My Eyes

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

 

 

New album for the New Year from the Americana singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player Daniel Kimbro. A winning combination as they twist the blues through the Americana roots acoustic music they play with aplomb.

The album is breathtakingly beautiful as they cast the spell of music emotionally charged, played with style creating Static In The Wire that sends shivers of connectivity through your spine. The winning combination starts with strong lyrics, the power of telling a story through a song and Martin’s guitar with the distinctive sound of the Weissenborn and added to the mix is the double bass blossoming with an array of sounds and tones under the skilful guidance of Daniel Kimbro.

Opening with One Horse Town, a perfect introduction for the next fifty minutes of music that simply delights. Sit back breath slowly and relax as the eleven tracks have a special quality the music static that makes the hairs stand up to attention at the back of your neck. One Horse Town has a country fair feel that something exciting is going to happen around the corner with its jaunty beat of a juke joint piano.

The dynamic sound the duo creates for the album that was tracked live at Wow & Flutter studios in East Nashville filled out with a selection of guests adding their shades to the static Harley & Kimbro create. The guests includes Jerry Douglas, Derek Mixon and Micah Hulsher and they add extra depth to the sound. The drums which sounded great in the kitchen, listen very careful and the sound of the freight train synonymous with the blues can be heard in the background.

With the music as lush and as precious as this roots delight it’s not surprising to find Gold. They reach deep into your emotional soul to root out gold that doesn’t glitter, is not cold metal but a moment of golden opportunity.

The album speeds up with the spinning and weaving of a melodic tone with Eastern allure as we are found Dancing on The Rocks. Another story the lyrics are the soul the melody the beating heart as we trace our fingers along the static wire. The pathos of This Little Bird that I tired of singing is reflected in the stark melody sharp and cruel as Martin’s vocals explore the feeling of the bird. A sad and poignant number with a chorus that pulls you deep into the song’s lyrics, this could be about any of us when tired of all that life throws at us.

Closing with Daniel Kimbro’s deep bass strings reverberating and Martin Harley intoning the vocals the song is dark deep and full of blues as in the Mean Old City – part 2.  The track is full of rhythmic tones and the guitar interrupting with a purity and a lighter feel. An album full of good solid lyrics and shapes of music from people this is folk that sings the blues.

Static In The Wire is proof perfect that slow, carefully formed acoustic music picking up traditional styles is not boring. It is full of deep emotions, coloured by experience, using the tones inherent in the instruments and engaging with the listener. Static In The Wires is timeless and for now and forever, Like  A Postcard From Hamburg will always be treasured by the owner.

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – Static In the Wires – del Mundo Records

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. One Horse Town
  2. Feet
  3. Don’t Fail Me (feat. Jerry Douglas)
  4. Postcard From Hamburg
  5. Gold
  6. Sweet & Low
  7. My Lover’s Arms
  8. Dancing On The Rocks
  9. Trouble
  10. This Little Bird
  11. I Need A Friend
  12. Mean Old City

Static In The Wires Purrs Harley & Kimbro