NEW MUSIC: Ayleen O’Hanlon – Good As Gold
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NEW MUSIC: Ayleen O’Hanlon – Good As Gold

  Melbourne musician Ayleen O’Hanlon has a brand new single out now via the good folk at Blind Date Records. ‘Good As Gold’ is a change-up for Ayleen, more country rock than her previous folk leanings. It works brilliantly too. It’s tough and tender at the same time with an ebb and flow, a glorious … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: A Different Thread – Hold Me Down
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NEW MUSIC: A Different Thread – Hold Me Down

A Different Thread are a British/American duo – Robert Jackson from Staffordshire, UK and Alicia Best from North Carolina, USA. who conjure up a whole range of Americana (country, folk, bluegrass) influences on their new album On A Whim which was released last week on September 13th.  This song flies along courtesy of the violin … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: La Dante – Mexico Sunrise
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NEW MUSIC: La Dante – Mexico Sunrise

Here’s something a bit different. Different in the sense that there’s such a smooth soul streak running through this song. All the while there’s a country sway and sun kissed vibe of open highways and desert vistas. Country yacht rock perhaps? It’s a sweet slice of soulful Americana regardless. ‘Mexico Sunrise’ comes from Philadelphia’s La … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore
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ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore

The harmony vocal and acoustic stringed instrument quintet return with their fifth album of ornate chamber folk and bluegrass. There’s no denying the exquisite playing and arrangements on All Ashore but for all its sensitivity and detail there’s a lack of emotional connectivity. Punch Brothers are a band that have reached that point where their … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – One Punch
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ALBUM REVIEW: Davey Craddock – One Punch

Davey Craddock draped his debut album in Americana sounds as he wove stories about places and people, primarily in Australia. It was a superb debut and its followup, One Punch, is equally compelling whilst coming from different angles. One Punch steps back, and assesses the world with a brutal honesty. It takes stock of the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed
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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed

The Horizon Just Laughed comes on the back of the loosely thematic trilogy of albums he recorded with producer and musician Andrew Swift. They were psychedelic in nature though still rooted in the folk form. In contrast, this feels like a retreat from the density and experimentation, to a place of reflection and solitude. Jurado … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

“I like you honey, being with you is like being alone”. It’s a line in I’ve Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews’ sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to … Continue reading

PTW PREMIERE: Diamond Duck EP
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PTW PREMIERE: Diamond Duck EP

Diamond Duck release their self-titled debut EP this week and it’s a wonderful showcase for the talents of Jimmy Daley and Brian Campeau. Lush and ornate are two words that come to mind listening to the EP. The duo’s harmonies are beautifully intertwined, rising and falling, complementing and contrasting each other. They recall some of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
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ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished – polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the album’s 15 tracks. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pauline Andrès – Fearless Heart
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pauline Andrès – Fearless Heart

This is album number three for the French songwriter who, much like her music has to date, has had a slow-burning rise to prominence. She’s still relatively unknown but on this album she’s found the best balance to date between gothic rock ’n’ roll and a smoky country noir sound. Fearless Heart finds her ensconced … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price – All American Made
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ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price – All American Made

Rising through the country and Americana ranks, Margo Price hit pay-dirt with her 2016 album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, drawing critical acclaim from all quarters of the country world. Now she’s gone one step further on her new album, never pulling punches and wrapping it all up in a wonderfully wide-ranging classic and soulful country palette. … Continue reading