Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Laura Marling's Next Single Rambling Man

Laura Marling - Rambling Man Official Video

Laura Marling | MySpace Music Videos

Rambling Man is the next single from Laura Marling’s second album, I Speak Because I Can.  The album itself has received rave reviews being hailed as a step forward from her Mercury Prize nominated debut.  Marling’s songwriting has always been praised for its maturity but this album has been much panned as an album about ‘womanhood’. Rambling Man’s refrain mirrors this: “oh give me to a rambling man, let it always be known that I was who I am”  Marling’s phrasing at times reminds me of Joni Mitchell, no bad thing, and that subtly continues through out the album.  I highly recommend the album it’s well worth a listen especially if you’re into the Folk Revival, which Marling was key in bringing about, that’s come about recently!

You can find the album on Spotify here.

You can also find a spotify playlist filled with new folk artists like some mentioned in this post here.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Scratch My Back - Peter Gabriel

I had heard a couple of tracks from Peter Gabriel's new album Scratch My Back, I'd heard Book of Love a month or so ago. But when I heard his version of Flume by Bon Iver - it blew my mind. Its rare songs do this, in the realm of covers the last one that did this to me was Buckley's Cohen cover, Hallelujah.
The arrangement is perfect. I had always liked the original but I was struck by this cover's raw emotion. Have a listen.

The delicate piano, with the surging horn section are unbelievable, with Gabriel's raw vocals. I've listened to it dozens of times. It's a brilliant version.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Free Music

Just thought I'd post a free link to some of my music.  You can find 9 free tracks here.  


Friday, 5 March 2010

Review: Rachael Dunn's Alpha Ghost

Rachael Dunn’s Alpha Ghost delivers an engaging brand of soulful acoustic pop, with Dunn’s vocals beautifully conveying her image-laden lyrics overlaid on Alex Dunford’s skillfully crafted soundscapes.

The album opens with the soulful ‘Out in The Storm’, the bass line drives the song forward and flourishes of glockenspiel and lead guitar bring the track to life. This is contrasted by the albums eponymous track ‘Alpha Ghost’ with its simple acoustic feel and Rachael’s delicate vocals. The Mood changes with the darker ‘Closed Door’ its powerful lyrics and double tracked vocals reminding me of Alela Diane. ‘Falling Fast’ feels intimate with the piano adding greatly to the feel of the track. The expansive ‘Hold The Light’ continues the darker feel with crunching electric guitars and a feel reminiscent of Radiohead.

The second half of the album continues with the piano led ‘Violet’, Dunn resists the urge to overload the track instead opting for a simple, honest arrangement.

An unexpected gem comes in the form of the Stones-like ‘Walking Backwards’ with its catchy chorus, foot tapping percussion and more raucous lead guitar. This is immediately contrasted by the acoustic charm of ‘Hang in Time’ and the album’s most intimate track ‘Hide’. The simple acoustic arrangement closes the album beautifully. However it does make me think that perhaps some of the other songs would have benefited from a similar stripped back sound.

Alpha Ghost is a genre-spanning, varied record with Rachael Dunn’s soaring vocals being ably supported by multi instrumentalist and producer Alex Dunford. While I think some of the tracks could have benefited from a less slick production this does not detract from the engaging album Rachael Dunn has created.

The album is available now on Amazon and iTunes

You can also read my earlier interview with Rachael where she spoke about the making of Alpha Ghost here.

This was my first review written for

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Some Cool up-beat Folk/Acoustic Songs!

Langhorne Slim - In the Midnight

Peggy Sue - Yo Mama

Blind Pilot - One Red Thread

Johnny Flynn - Tickle Me Pink

Rosewood Thieves - Murder Ballad in G Minor  (The EP version is brilliant.)

Noah And The Whale - Give A Little Love 

Emmy The Grat - Dylan

Matt Costa - Sunshine

Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man

Fionn Regan - Lord Help My Poor Soul

Johnny Flynn - Leftovers

Mumford and Sons - The Cave

Matt Costa - Mr Pitiful

I'll add more when I think of them/find more.  If you have any songs you think should be up here let me know!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

An Interview with Fly Lazurus Fly

North Wales musician, Fly Lazarus Fly is a label mate of mine on Binary Indy which led me to check out his music.  Having been impressed by his recent debut EP 'The Rundown' I thought I'd ask him a few questions about how he goes about making his music.  

So in the beginning, what made you want to write your own songs?

To be honest, I only really write for myself. If others like it and are interested then great! If not...  no worries. I like to play around with sounds and chords and try and make something that I myself would be happy to listen to.

Who influenced you as you began writing?

I'd probably say the 'Britpop' generation of music was my biggest influence (Blur, Oasis, The Verve, Cast) - then gradually I became more aware of other artists through these bands.

Do these people still influence you?
Do these bands still influence me?... hmmm... I would say only if they changed or varied their sound on each different album. Whichever band I listen to, I always hope that there is a different sound and 'feel' to each new release.

What’s you’re instrument of choice?

The guitar. It's the only one I'm averagely ok at. Looking back I wish I'd learnt to play the piano as well.

What do you say your muse is, what inspires you when you write?

Anything and everything. If there's something that I find particularly interesting then I'd try and incorporate it into something. Although at the moment, I would say there is a certain seasonal elements that influence the songs.

How do you approach song writing, do you find it is different each time or do you have a formula?
I generally just play around with different chords or sounds and try and fit words to it. It's a sloooow process though and can mean that sometimes it takes months to get something that fits and 'feels' right.

How would you describe your music, genre wise?  A lot of musicians struggle or are reluctant to categorise their music.

I don't really know and don't really mind. If I had the production facilities I would certainly like to add more instruments, but for the moment, acoustic is probably what best describes the current E.P.

You can listen to and download 'The Rundown' on Binary Releases here.