Bitter’s Kiss – Love Won’t Make You Cry EP

Chloe Baker is the young talent behind the moniker Bitter’s Kiss and she is supported by her father, Michael Baker, on various instruments and production.  The New Jersey-based duo released this debut EP, Love Won’t Make You Cry, mid-April after the success of lead single “No One Will”.  Baker’s fanbase continues to grow as she mines her suburban … [Read more...]

The Virginmarys – Divides

Expectations for Divides were high following the successes of The Virginmarys' 2013 debut King Of Conflict. The album enjoyed coverage from several large media publications including the likes of Rolling Stone. Right from the opening track here, “Push the Pedal”, it is clear that any doubts or concerns that may have been lingering are severely … [Read more...]

Losers Way Home – Love Songs For The Rest Of Us EP

Losers Way Home was founded in 2008 by Randall Downs (principal songwriter, lead vocals, guitar) and, at the time, Matt Cureton, in Memphis, but it has since relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and has picked up members Steven Bowman (vocals, violin, piano, mandolin), Rex Gorman (vocals, bass, keyboards), and Ryan Veach (drums). Losers Way Home has … [Read more...]

Mick Harvey – Delirium Tremens

Even though erstwhile Bad Seed and semi-regular PJ Harvey collaborator Mick Harvey has been no slouch as a solo songwriter, it’s certainly contestable that the highest watermarks trading under his own name are still 1995’s Intoxicated Man and 1997’s Pink Elephants - two albums translating and reinterpreting material from the vast Serge Gainsbourg … [Read more...]

Catfish And The Bottlemen at the Electric Ballroom, Camden

25 May 2016 “Lightweight support act” Prior to the arrival of the Bottlemen, Sheffield quartet The Crookes provided some entertaining, if lightweight, support. The Crookes have established themselves since the turn of the decade as proprietors of old fashioned indie, drenched in romanticism and imagery of the past. Musically … [Read more...]

Bert Jansch – From The Outside (reissue)

Following quickly on from the lustrously-repackaged reissue of 1978’s Avocet LP and after the interim detour of the adorable archival Black Birds Of Brittany 7” for Record Store Day, Earth Recordings continues swimming in the backwater tributaries of Bert Jansch’s solo canon with this rebuilt version of 1985’s lesser-known From The Outside.  … [Read more...]

Kerosene Stars – A Million Little Trees EP

With every review I write I become more and more conflicted with my ability to write them. Here’s why:  words cannot do what music does, and vice-versa.   Historically, I already know about these limitations. Henri Peyre warns, “Every critic and professor with any sense has warned readers and students twenty times over against the temptation of … [Read more...]

Alasdair Roberts & James Green – Plaint Of Lapwing

Whilst it might feel slightly against the grain that one of the most traditionalist-leaning lynchpins of the alternative folk world should find himself constructing a collaborative album over a long series of email exchanges, it’s still in spiritual keeping with Alasdair Roberts’s prior undertakings with the likes of the late Jason Molina, … [Read more...]

Mrs Magician – Bermuda

I was wondering exactly why it has taken Mrs Magician four years to release a follow-up to what was their first album Strange Heaven. Then I re-read the review of that album which I wrote for this online publication in May of 2012, reflected on the fact that I continue to rate their debut full length as one of the best albums, not merely of 2012, … [Read more...]

John Nichols Band – The Country Life EP

John Nichols fronts his namesake band backed-up by Matthew Chase on guitar and Brad Kimes on drums.  While his hometown of Baltimore is not known for churning out country-rock artists, Nichols is the exception, mixing the grit of the city with the twang of country on his slick and engaging tunes.  Just take a look at the cover of his new debut EP, … [Read more...]