August 8, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: August 8, 2012

This five-piece band from the West of Scotland – voted ‘best up and coming artist’ at the 2011 trad awards – combine the passions and influences of some of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians. Among them, they feature three BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of The Year finalists and an All-Ireland Bodhran Champion. Their debut CD ‘Break It Up’ features a fine balance of tunes and songs with their instrumental sets generating a tight and exciting sound. Simon Thoumire said of this band ” “Rura are the hottest new band on the Scottish scene right now. With their cracking blend of pipes and fiddle, and mellifluous vocals and songs by Adam Holmes, they’re set to go far. Festivals book them now!”

Rura are: David Foley (bodhran and flute), Steven Blake (pipes and whistles), Jack Smedley (fiddle), Chris Wade (guitar) and Adam Holmes (singer/songwriter).

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Although the album incorporates organ, Mellotron, pedal steel, guitar, bass and more drums than previous works to create a full-band sound, the fairly sparse arrangements keep the focus centered on Sarrano’s lonesome and haunting voice. The melancholic melody of “They Are All Used to Your Beauty,” for example, sounds as if it’s flowing out from a wavering, underwater organ with tranquil vocals rippling in from far off. While the vocals are generally even-toned and composed, they occasionally dip into slightly dissonant layering and uneasy atmospherics.

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New release from the British Folk/Pop act, a collaboration with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.. Not many bands can count Radiohead, Portishead, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Ryan Adams and Nick Hornby amongst their admirers, but The Unthanks occupy a unique place in music. Diversions Vol. 2 constitutes perhaps the most daring and accomplished of musical adventures to date for The Unthanks, recorded live around the country, sometimes before an audience, other times not.

mp3 320 kbps | 167 MB | UJ | UL

“Pottery Pie” was their debut album as a duo, and it is hard to imagine a record like this being recorded today, if only because of the totally laid back vibe. The music is actually quite well-arranged, in a loose-limbed sort of way. There is even a raucous horn section that appears on “New Orleans Hop Scop Blues” and a few other tracks. The standout player on the session is Amos Garrett, he of the fluid Telecaster. His solo on “Georgia On My Mind” is a showstopper.The music combines elements of folk, country, spirituals (check out Maria’s a cappella turn on “Guide Me O Great Jehovah”), and New Orleans marching bands, and such gems as “Brazil” simply defy description.

mp3 320 kbps | 97 MB | UJ | UL

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