NEW MUSIC: Elaine Cole – Blame It On The Roses
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NEW MUSIC: Elaine Cole – Blame It On The Roses

  Stripped back acoustic folk is the order of the day on this new track from Franklin, Tennessee-born Elaine Coles. Recorded with John Mailander (fiddle), Cory Walker (banjo), Jake Stargel (guitar) and mastered by Austin Lee in Nashville, the song has both a haunting musical backdrop and and rich and heartfelt vocal style that goes deep into both soul and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Black Belt Eagle Scout – Indians Never Die
Americana / Folk / New Music / Videos

NEW MUSIC: Black Belt Eagle Scout – Indians Never Die

Here’s a new video clip for the track ‘Indians Never Die’, from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the name that Katherine Paul records under. She hails from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in what is now known as Washington State and this song comes from her debut LP Mother Of My Children which was released in September … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Quill – Luna di Luna
Folk / Psychedelic / Videos

NEW MUSIC: The Quill – Luna di Luna

The Quill is a collective astral-folk orchestra based in London, headed by Nicky Francis. Nicky’s music is of a psych-folk sensibility, paired with grand pieces of explosive orchestral crescendo. Each track of the debut album The Tower at Hunter’s Moon (release due in the northern hemisphere autumn 2018), is characterised by large-scale rhythmic arrangements, silky strings and choir elements. … Continue reading

Waitin’ Around To Die Column: Exploring The Guitar Frontier
Article / Features

Waitin’ Around To Die Column: Exploring The Guitar Frontier

EXPLORING THE GUITAR FRONTIER The guitar is synonymous with country and folk music, it’s the glue that ties it all together and has always been an essential songwriting and performing instrument in those genres. In the world of Americana music the guitar is also a medium for exploration and experimentation on the outer fringes of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding – Horizon
Folk / Freak Folk / New Music / Videos

NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding – Horizon

Aldous Harding blew many people’s minds with her debut, self-titled  LP three years ago. Since then she’s been keeping busy with plenty of live shows and more recently, completing the recording of its follow-up, Party. It was recorded by PJ Harvey’s right-hand man John Parish and the first single is the dramatic Horizon. It’s a … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucy Roleff – This Paradise
Album Reviews / Folk / Stream

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucy Roleff – This Paradise

Out of a dreamy mist emerges ornately plucked notes and the heavenly voice of Lucy Roleff. That’s how her album begins and continues over the next beautiful 36 minutes. Classically trained, the Melbourne songwriter sits in the same haunting, autumnal territory as Nick Drake, Aldous Harding, slow motion gothic country and occasionally the European icy … Continue reading

NEWS: New Americana Night Announced for Sydney
Alt-Country / Americana / News

NEWS: New Americana Night Announced for Sydney

Yours truly (Chris – PTW editor) and the mysterious shadowy figure known as Daz have joined forces to introduce a new regular evening of live alt. country, folk and blues music to Sydney. From early August Heartbreaker Sessions will take place fortnightly on Sunday evenings at Freda’s in Chippendale. Nice and handy to Central Station we’ll … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jessica Pratt ~ On Your Own Love Again
Album Artwork / Album Reviews / Folk / Stream

ALBUM REVIEW: Jessica Pratt ~ On Your Own Love Again

A quirky and eccentric voice instantly rises out of the swirl of delicate finger-picked acoustic guitar and wafting organ and instantly one is placed within the hypnotic surrounds of ethereal folk music. Think Nick Drake, Tiny Ruins, Vashti Bunyan and even a pastoral Portishead at times. Pratt’s light psychedelia has a sometimes lo-fi yet consistently … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Aldous Harding ~ Aldous Harding
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ALBUM REVIEW: Aldous Harding ~ Aldous Harding

Folk music comes in many styles and levels of intensity from brisk strumming and foot stomping  to plaintiff torch song but it’s alway at its best when stripped back to its essence – words and accompanying raw instrumentation. On her debut album Lyttleton’s Aldous Harding (Hannah Harding) has a direct line to the heart and … Continue reading