Archive for Folk Rock

Lisa Knapp “Hidden Seam”(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on August 23, 2013 by dk

Lisa Knapp - Hidden Seam
Lisa Knapp
Hidden Seam
Navigator Records
Release date : 14th September

Lisa Knapp first emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut album, ‘Wild And Undaunted’ and quickly established herself as a highly distinctive, creative artist, merging a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song with vocal, fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings, banjo and contemporary production. ‘Wild And Undaunted’ won Lisa critical acclaim including BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations and Mojo Folk Album of the Year.

It’s been a long wait but evidently worth it – the South Londoner’s much anticipated 2nd full length album, Hidden Seam, is finally due for release by Navigator Records on 16th September 2013.

hipping Song, the album’s opening track, arises from Lisa’s fascination with the Met Office’s somnambulant, poetic late night shipping forecast ; its strange and far-away sounding place names, Utsire, Viking, Fastnet and Lundy. A recording of American Marine sound testing from the 1950s was seamlessly sewn into the track, alongside the sounds of sea creatures and spinning motors.

Black Horse is a song by the great, late English singer/songwriter, Lal Waterson, which Lisa was originally invited to perform on tour with Scottish singer and guitarist James Yorkston. Not only does James guest on this recording but Lisa was also thrilled to be joined by Lal’s daughter, Marry Waterson. Lisa plucked up courage to invite Martin Carthy, one of her musical heroes, to accompany her on Two Ravens, a touching song about
Alzheimers disease. Seagiver is a visceral song of death and the elements.
The penultimate track on Hidden Seam, Hunt the Hare Pt 1, features acclaimed Scottish folk musician, Alasdair Robert and was originally based on the well known Irish song Rocky Road to Dublin. It evolved into a song about the month of May. On Hushabye, a lullaby style song which she regularly sang to her daughter, Lisa is accompanied by celebrated singer/songwriter, Kathryn Williams.

Hidden Seam is a substantial sonic tapestry. It will swiftly re-establish Lisa Knapp as not only one of the most compelling voices of her generation in British folk music but one of the most innovative. Her roots may be embedded in the great folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s but with this new
album, she is setting sail for unchartered horizons.


Jesse Woods Single “Lazerburn” (Stream)Debut Album, Get Your Burdens Lifted, Out August 6

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2013 by dk

Get Your Burdens LiftedAustinite Jesse Woods makes whiskey-drenched, echo-laden folk that is as haunting as it is beautiful. Woods has spent the past year writing and recording his debut LP in his self-constructed, all analog studio. Fans of the enigmatic songwriter’s early demos and Moon Rocks EP will be excited to hear that Get Your Burdens Lifted adheres to Woods’ signature smoky, resonant stylings that have landed him praise from both critics and musical peers across the board.

Through frequent collaboration with some of Austin’s finest talent (including studio co-owner Bill Baird of Sound Team and Sunset, and current buzz makers Sleep Good), Woods has honed a timeless yet unique sound that embodies the spirit of Austin’s underground.

Attracted by the “hint of strange” in Austin’s songwriting history, and demos from an old friend who was active in the Austin scene at the time, Woods wound up in the Texas hub for music and culture about 4 years ago.

The City’s blend of musical genres – most prominently the Americana sounds: blues, rock, country – and aesthetic inspiration have proven to be a rich breeding ground for Woods’ aural magic thus far. His previous work has landed him support from the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hanni el Khatib, Beach Fossils, Tori Amos, Tennis, These United States and many others.

Anne Marie Almedal – Memory Lane

Posted in News with tags , , , , on March 19, 2013 by dk


Memory Lane is the latest album to showcase the visionary folk of Norwegian songstress Anne Marie Almedal.

“Memory Lane” is a sweeping collection of songs, timeless in sound, a panorama of nostalgia, with flashes of psych-folk, cinematic classicism all wrapped up in Anne Marie’s powerful voice. Her personal history takes in stints with art-rock groups, features with the likes of Dazed And Confused, long tours and long days – but as she settled in Norway with producer, and British husband, Nicholas, they began to collaborate on a more intimate sound – one influenced by seminal folk records, acoustic instrumentation and the icy, spectral surroundings of their adopted hometown.

From the subtle, sparse production twinned to a beautiful melody of opener “Back To Where It Started” right through to closer “The Wanderers”, the album skits back and forth between the organic sounds of their 60’s and 70’s folk influences through to a telling sign to their location – a confident approach to modern pop warmth twinned with the dark, introspective lyrics that the Scandinavians have been doing so well in recent years, the confidence is unmistakable. The record contains both hooks and heart, a testament to Anne Marie’s songwriting and vocal skills.

Already building further success in her home country of Norway, the support of legendary producer John Wood and folk legend Danny Thompson should help her find a place amongst the folk audience and wider in the UK too.

Produced by Nicholas Sillitoe.

Mixed by John Wood (producer/engineer for Nick Drake/John Martyn/Incredible String Band/Nico/John Cale/Cat Stevens/Kate & Anna McGarrigle/Pink Floyd).


Danny Thompson (Pentangle/Nick Drake/John Martyn/Kate Bush/Talk Talk/Everything But The Girl)

Kjetil Grande (Grammy award winning guitarist),
Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden)
Conrad Lambert (Merz)

Recorded & mixed in Kristiansand, Norway & State Of The Ark, London.

Anne Marie Almedal – Winter Song

Ane Brun – Worship feat. José González (Official Video HD)

Posted in News with tags , , , , on February 27, 2012 by dk

Acrylics – Molly’s Vertigo (Gung-Ho! Recordings) Free Download!!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2011 by dk

Acrylics, aka Molly Shea and Jason Klauber, debut album, Lives and Treasure was released in the UK this month on Gung-Ho! Recordings. In celebration the band have made the single, Molly’s Vertigo available to download for free.

Teen heartache given pop form

Its the record to soundtrack your summer days to, to feel the sun’s rays with, and to simply kick back and escape with

Meticulous pop romantics whisper sweet somethings
(Spin Magazine)

The perfect setting for a secret, late-night, lovers rendezvous
(Music is Amazing)

Download Acrylics – Molly’s Vertigo (Gung-Ho! Recordings)

More on Acrylics

Acrylics – ‘Lives And Treasure’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by dk

Acrylics Debut To Get Full UK Release
Teen heartache given pop form” (NME)
Meticulous pop romantics whisper sweet somethings” (Spin Magazine)
The perfect setting for a secret, late-night, lovers’ rendezvous” (Music is Amazing)

Described by Pitchfork as “a fine and detail-oriented album”, the Acryilcs debut received praise from a variety of US tastemaker blogs and press when the album was released in the US earlier this year (via Friendly Fire / Hot Sands).

“‘Lives and Treasure’, which showcases a sound malleable enough to assimilate new wave, country, lite-funk, art-pop, and more. ‘Sparrow Song’ is an ingenuous ode to Kate Bush’s spacey electronic pop. The chilly disco-rock of ‘Nightwatch’ has a sultry, hooky vocal that recalls Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’. Shades of Sinead O’Connor, Fleetwood Mac, Natalie Merchant, and American Music Club loom large. But traces of modern big-tent indie can be found as well. ‘The Window’, with its woolly vocals and webbed acoustic arpeggios, splits the difference between Bright Eyes and Elliot Smith, while ‘Asian Pear’ develops from dreamy beginnings into a lean tremolo-guitar anthem with the barking grandeur of Wolf Parade” – Pitchfork
1. Counting Sheep
2. Molly’s Vertigo
3. The Window
4. Sparrow Song
5. Nightwatch
6. Tortoise Shell Shades
7. It’s Cool Here
8. Asian Pear
9. Lives & Treasure
10. The Catacomb

Acyrilics ‘Lives and Treasure’ is released 11th July on CD & Digital DownloadGung Ho! Recordings (via Universal)

Acrylics — Sparrow Song (Feat. Caroline Polachek)

Counting Sheep’ (Live & Acoustic)
‘It’s Cool Here’ (Live & Acoustic)

Marianne Faithful New Album Horses and High Heels June 28th+Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by dk

Marianne Faithful to Release Horses and High Heels 

in the US on June 28th on Naïve Records

Marianne Faithful will release her 23rd album, Horse and High Heels, in the US  on June 28th via Naïve Records.  The collection of songs consists of four originals and eight covers ranging from Carol King’s “Going Back” to Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan’s “The Stations.”  Four of the tracks feature virtuosic guitarist John Porter (Eric Clapton, The Smiths) while Lou Reed and Dr. John/MC5’s Wayne Kramer each make cameos on multiple songs.

Click HERE to stream/download the brand new track
“Why Did We Have To Part?”
Iconic, influential, and inimitable, Marianne has been an entrancing and creative musical presence for the past 47 years.  Beginning with her debut single, “As Tears Go By” (1964, the first song ever written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), Marianne has created an enduring legacy with her distinct, emotive, and truly haunting voice.   She has also established herself as a powerful songwriter with a gift for crafting visceral melodies and deeply resonant lyrics.  Her artistic fearlessness has led her to sing with legends like David Bowie and Metallica, and collaborate with a younger generation of musicians she influenced such as Beck, Morrissey, Billy Corgan and Blur.
Horses and High Heels was recorded in New Orleans and features a core of masterful local musicians.  It was produced by Hal Willner (Laurie Anderson, Allen Ginsberg), who also helmed Marianne’s critically-acclaimed 2009 collection of covers and duets: Easy Come, Easy Go. The songs touch on everything from soul, blues, folk, country, jazz-pop perkiness, and beguiling guitar-rock.  Much like the rest of her career, the only consistent theme or style of the album is Marianne herself.