Available now though Red Beet Records, ‘Just a Mortal Man’ is a new album from a vocalist who has been a long time in the industry. Jerry Lawson has spent over forty years as a vocalist since founding vocal group The Persuasions to great success, and now – for the first time – he is releasing an album on his own.
Singing a great selection of songs from the last few decades, Lawson gives each his own unique flavour. He runs the whole gauntlet in terms of roots genres – gospel, folk, country, soul, rock n roll, etc. – and never loses himself in any of them. Of course, it’s an album that aims straight down the middle of the road and is unlikely to win awards for originality, but that’s not the point of albums like this.
This is simply a celebration of a career and talent of a man who is truly talented and has deserved to ride the wave for as long as he has. A humbling achievement.
Apologies for the perjorative headline – Essex has never been a particularly good or place band for an indie band to come from. However, in recent years, the growth of programmes like The Only Way is Essex have give the county a bad name.
Thankfully, now comes a perfect antidote to the airheaded idiots of that particular show. The Lowriders are an indie band on the rise, proud of their hometown of Clacton-on-Sea and also, rightfully, proud of their self-titled debut album.
The track above is taken from the album, and demonstrates brilliantly the solid, chunky sound of the band. But there are quieter moments too, ones which waver and shift in front of your eyes (and ears), but in a good way. It’s hard to know from one track to the next on this album what to expect. But one thing’s for sure – all of it works.
If you like the track above, you owe it to your ears to experience the rest:
Out now on iTunes, ‘From The Shallows’ is the new album from the extremely good hands and mind of songwriter Alexander Wolfe. The album is a real triumph, typified by the layered excellence of lead track ‘Trick of the Light’ above.
If you dig the track, then we can highly recommend the rest of the album. We’ve heard it (spotify) and it’s consistently great throughout – and not always typified by the folky nature of the track above. It will also jump out at fans of pop, indie, maybe even rock…give it a try.
A Welsh band who certainly know how to create a beautiful sound all of their own, Wicket are turning heads at BBC Radio Wales with their instrumental take on ambient post-rock. Their new album, ‘A Way To Leave Their World Behind’, is a journey through the possibilities that are opened up when not relying on lyrics for structure, sometimes heavy, sometimes light – always good.
Comprising 7 epic, sprawling tracks, the album is available for stream and download from BandCamp, and we highly recommend you give it a listen – if you like what you hear, you can find them on the road in the UK in May. Visit http://projectwicket.co.uk/ for all the details. If you’re a promoter, the band are also still looking to add to this tour, so get in touch at the website.
A three piece based in London but originally from South Africa, Irvine are a band who are proud of their homeland but have decided to chase their music dreams in London.
The creators of high velocity indie rock, the trio have apparently drawn huge crowds in their home country thanks to an epic live show, one which they’re hoping will also garner them a reputation in the capital. Their music is characterised by their energy, some lovely rock melodies and tracks which don’t always follow where you might expect. It’s this willingness to change direction, as well as their raw pace, that set them apart.
Buy the album:
UK iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/irvine/id665004407
A Norwegian singer songwriter who is so far flying a bit under the radar, Nuborg deserves a lot more plautits than she’s getting, as evidenced by the title track to her new album, ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’:
Patient, considered and brilliantly constructed, this song perfectly sums up the album of which it is a part. Throughout last year, this single and eight others were released over the months, each building to the release of the full album in early 2015. And now the album is out on iTunes, the collection of the songs altogether makes the impact of each track all the more impressive.
It’s a nine song LP that really shows that we don’t have to be satisfied with the big labels’ output. All independently produced and released, this is truly great music that you won’t hear on the radio (though you should).
Even better, Nuborg (aka Gunhild Nyborg) comes to England this week for a first ever live show with her band. Get along to The Islington in London to see what all the fuss is about.
Traditional, well drilled and extremely talented, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines are held in high esteem the world over. It’s something of a musical niche, military bands, but wherever they go you can guarantee there will be people watching – a band who have been existence for hundreds of years, and continue to impress.
In fact, it’s their longevity which prompts this album, celebrating the 350th year of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and a musical tradition that goes back to the very beginning. They’re a national institution, and this Sony Classical music release reflects that.
It collects together 14 recordings of the band playing various traditional tunes from the British Isles, alongside a host of guests, vocalists and soloists (including the slightly odd choice of ‘Richard and Adam’, a tenor duo came third in series seven of Britain’s Got Talent, to sing ‘We’ll Keep A Welcome’) who do well to keep up and in some cases augment the skill of the main attraction.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who appreciate a good uplifting, stomping march will love it.
Once again, NuBorg – the Norwegian singer-songwriter who’s been consistently releasing excellent singles over the course of 2014 – has returned with another cracker.
Quite similar in feel to her excellent (and still my favourite) ‘Sliding Off The Edge Of The World’, ‘One Day’ is a song dripping with atmosphere, somehow ominous in its sound but still genuinely beautiful. NuBorg’s vocal is unusual, tight as opposed to broad, but suits this kind of song really well. Another really enjoyable song – keep them coming!
Darlin’ gives a beautiful glimpse of what to expect from forthcoming album ‘Mama’, which combines subtle hip-hop inflections and wide-ranging sounds with Emily’s distinctive feline vocals, creating a record that is simultaneously light & delicate with a bold punch of personality.
Contrasting with the heavy layering and electronics of the original, the European version of ‘Mama’ sees Wells re-imagining the entire record acoustically for a second disc and mirror version. These fresh renditions of an already unique record are stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar. Emily Wells has stripped off her own armour, leaving only her crystalline voice and equally unambiguous songwriting on display.
From the start of her career, Wells’ musical interests were simply too wide ranging for just one instrument. Trained as a classical violinist, the Texan soon created her own sonic “spaceship,” an ever-growing pulsating arsenal of synthesizers, effects pedals and toy instruments, all tied together with live sampling. This is a musician whose live show is diverse, distinctive, and utterly her own – a performance not to be missed.
Merchandise have just announced from their website that their new album, After The End, will be released on 4AD on August 25th.
Like their albums before them, After The End was recorded and produced by the band, this time over a six-month period in the house they share in Tampa. A real achievement in showing what bands can achieve themselves, the only outside influence came when they enlisted mixing help from Gareth Jones – the man famed for his work with Tuxedomoon, Depeche Mode’s Berlin Trilogy of Construction Time Again, Some Great Reward, and Black Celebration, and more recently Interpol, These New Puritans and Grizzly Bear.
Speaking to the NME earlier this year, Carson Cox said “(Our last album) Totale Nite was the end of the book. This is a whole new one. It’s like we can start a new band with basically the same name. We’ve already exploded our reality – now we’re going to re-make ourselves as a pop band, but it’ll still be a twisted reality.” He’s kept to his word with the album being made up of ten tracks spread across a mean 45 minutes. The album can now be pre-ordered from iTunes / 4AD