August 2, 2013 - It Rock And Roll

Day: August 2, 2013

thAfter two successful singles and a tour with Frightened Rabbit, Glasgow four-piece Three Blind Wolves present their fantastic debut album Sing Hallelujah For The Old Machine out on 27th May 2013 via Instinctive Racoon.
Their recently released singles, In Here Somewhere and Parade, could easily be compared to artists like My Morning Jacket and Neil Young but there are moments where the band move beyond their trademark Americana influences. “Honey Fire” crescendos into an ambient wall of sound, suddenly transforming into a grungier chorus. “Slow Summer Deer” is big, bold and brilliantly indie yet “When The Garden Gets Near” is more intimate – just Ross Clark on his acoustic guitar. It feels as though the band are pushing and pulling you through a journey of emotion.

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GEComing from Manchester’s Red Deer Club imprint, this delightful collection of homespun folk is straight out of the Devendra Banhart book of loveable acoustic weirdness. The organ wheeze and plodding bass of ‘Man On A Galloping Horse’ is reminiscent of the faux-Depression-era blues of Tom Waits but with the sort of recording aesthetics you’d associate with Songs Of Green Pheasant. ‘Cakes, Pastries and Patisseries’ condenses all the wilfully childish eccentricties of the aforementioned Banhart into its all too brief duration, and even if it does come across as a bit wacky, the twinkling lo-fi piano and understated harmonica provide an emotive counterpart to it all. ‘Oh Men Of The Trees’ is a moody, choral excursion complete with vinyl crackle and echo-wracked recording fidelity. The album winds to a close with its standout track ‘Bad Luck Blues’, its plaintive melody, sparse piano and ukelele arrangement practically assuring its place on a mobile phone advert sometime in the near future. An extremely satisfying example of music at the more commercially viable end of the so-called freak-folk spectrum, Concert For Two Bicycles comes highly recommended.

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elEliza Gilkyson may not be as big a marquee name as fellow folkies Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin, but her repertoire is no less well-crafted, cerebral, or darkly compelling (“Requiem”). This live recording–her first–captured largely in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, revisits her “best of” original songs (“Rose of Sharon”) and serves up covers by her father Terry Gilkyson (the haunting “Green Fields,” a hit for the Brothers Four) and Bob Dylan (a quieter version of “Jokerman” than she offered years ago). Gilkyson’s spoken prattle is both wry and informative, and her touring band delivers just the right blend of emphasis and embroidery, never overpowering her smooth, dusky alto or upstaging her sometimes frighteningly intense lyrics (“Hard Times in Babylon”). The Grammy nominee doesn’t sing a song so much as she inhabits a story, and she affects a kind of understated miracle with “Tennessee Road,” making the poignant, if timeworn Elvis Presley saga seem utterly new and chilling in its first-person telling. Your Town Tonight is a must-have for the Gilkyson faithful, and serves as a fine primer for the uninitiated.

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meBy the time Melanie appeared at the legendary Woodstock festival in August 1969, she had already recorded the two albums included in this CD. The powerful ballads showcased a great talent that arrived on the scene fully-formed. Both albums are rare and have been unavailable for many years, until on Melanie’s 60th birthday in 2007, the Demon Music group remastered and packaged them in one outstanding CD with all the elements of the original sleeves intact along with a sleevenote.

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