Now I'm not sure of the chronology and looking up the dates isn't going to unscramble my thoughts, and anyway, it all kinda fuses but the album must have landed first.
The old blueprints are broken from the opening number as Atlantic City gets the Born In The USA blues reimagining treatment, turning it into fiery gospel and organ driven urgency, the backing singers doowopping away behind the fat brass.
Emily's own songs are interspersed throughout the album they range from the attractive trad-jig settings of John Rand (featuring the uillean pipes of James O'Grady) and Towerblocks And Lullabies to the more contemporary, piano-backed I Need An Angel (with Kathryn Roberts helping horny white whores out on harmonies.Such is the confident air of the music-making that it's hard to believe that Martin and Sillve have only been performing their unique and fusion of Welsh and Estonian musics for six years.The police found him wandering the streets all bloody.David Kidman Show Of Hands - Cold Cuts (Hands On Music) These days, Show Of Hands albums come out with little fanfare outside of those in the know and/or on the band's now extensive mailing lists, with the result that they get reviewed all too.The whole set is both intriguing and strangely comforting, and proves that Devon still has plenty to say not just to connoisseurs of independent non-genre-specific songwriting, but to anyone with the good sense to keep an open mind on her creativity.It's brilliantly recorded, and the musicianship is nothing short of ace; Marty's ringing, chiming guitar work is in the best traditions of the house, and his support crew are just perfect for the job.
Then in a minute or two, the doors will shut the elevator starts moving to one of the other floors in the building. .
At first, the duo's reinterpretations of classic Carter Family songs might seem a mite low-key, but careful listening will reveal countless subtleties in the vocal phrasing and a myriad of expressive nuances - not to mention the finely considered instrumental backing (just two be escort guitars for.
Elsewhere, there are a few songs (like the mythologically-inflected Birdman and the poetic Starburn ) which (thematically or more ambiently) recall the earthly conscience of the writing of Anne Lister, whereas others like Layered River and (especially) Forgive employ a vocal tessitura highly reminiscent.
Leroy Carr is one of Ray's heroes and Midnight Hour Blues is his favourite Carr track.I don't mean someone who can play a number of instruments and record them individually but someone who can play them at the same time.Think is 12 bar blues of the highest standard and Shultz shows that he can do it on this, the best song so far.But SMC leader Stephen Taberner, is clearly a man of vision, having shaped this ostensibly disparate bunch of men into a well-drilled fighting machine that conquers all auditoria - including your living-room.There will not be a man in the land who has not stood in a supermarket queue and said to himself, 'it says ten items or less' as somebody unloads 25 tins of beans on to the conveyor belt.Just don't poke around too much in the lyrical undergrowth, there may be worms.The man himself cites Cohen and Dylan as influences (on By And By he actually"s from Blowing In The Wind) while those Eastern folk drones owe as much to the Velvets as the ISB.To balance the foot-tapping, body-shaking items on the menu there are moments of comparative repose, including two majestic airs sourced from a 1796 book of Irish tunes (which memorably feature the incomparable piano playing of Beryl Marriott, with whom Swarb has been making music for.It must be said that the album doesn't have the sunniest of dispositions.Margaret has fun too, with the whisky-sodden ditty Chaidh An Dileag Ud Nam Cheann, which she learnt from Morag MacLeod of Scalpay, while at the other emotional extreme she turns in an intensely-felt unaccompanied rendition of John Stewart's Lament For Twinkle (Murdo MacKay).
He's a strong singer: strong enough to risk performing a good proportion of his repertoire acappella, whereas for the remainder of the time he accompanies himself on the concertina or guitar.
M David Blue April 2010 Danny Schmidt - Man of Many Moons (Red House) Danny's been quick to follow his fine 2009 collection Instead The Forest Rose To Sing, and he's done so with a telling (if seemingly literal) sense of continuity: for Man.
Returning to live work after being struck down with a heart attack a year or so back, he arrives now packing a four track single of new material, It's All Good, following the same slap blues storytelling pattern, scuzzing it up on Thunderbird (the cheap.