Ships Have Sailed – Whispers EP

L.A.-based indie-pop outfit Ships Have Sailed centers on Will Carpenter (guitar, vocals) and Dan Hange (bass).  They released the EP Someday in 2014, debut album Moodswings in 2015, and the Re:MIX EP which reconfigured songs off Moodswings into a more dance-friendly style.  Now Carpenter and Hange head off in the opposite direction with the low-key … [Read more...]

Interview with Louise Le May

Imagine a world in which Kate Bush had arrived as a fully-fledged grown-up. Okay, very much said in context, that. I mean, without all the embarrassing spandex clad hippy dance moves and a tad less of the middle-class twirly-girl precocity. Just the imaginative sweep, the melodic sensibility and the wonderful compositional talent, instead. Well, … [Read more...]

Louise Le May – A Tale Untold

Back in the good old days (yeah, right) if you hadn’t made some kind of musical splash by the grand old age of, say, twenty-five, it was widely accepted that taking your Dad’s well-meant advice and finally knuckling down to your Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries day-job was probably a wise move. Speaking as one who didn’t get signed by a … [Read more...]

Laura Cannell – Beneath Swooping Talons

In a braver world a work such as Laura Cannell’s second album, Beneath Swooping Talons, would likely be released on an imprint such as Hyperion or even Veritas. Instead, the issue falls to the catholic tastes of the ever eclectic and adventurous Front and Follow. For what we have here is a bold collage of (only slightly) updated early music and … [Read more...]

Cobi Mike of Gentlemen Hall goes solo with new EP

Cobi Mike's recent decision to leave Gentlemen Hall (Island Records) to release his first solo project arose from his desire to rediscover his voice and share his personal message. In 2008, the singer-songwriter helped form the unique Boston musical collective. Gentlemen Hall quickly catapulted to success, being awarded a MTV Video Music Award in … [Read more...]

Interview with Paper Lions

Hi guys!  It’s been a sweet ride for you as Paper Lions, with your new album, My Friends, released on August 20th and a North American tour that kicked off that same day.  What has this in between time been like for you?  Were you waiting, anticipating, or was there tons of stuff to do before your album dropped? I think we've all been doing a … [Read more...]

Shawn Waters – Bury Heart

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Shawn Waters preaches in earnest and sings of love, sin and God on this eight song debut. His voice blends Nick Drake’s tenderness with the rough edge of Johnny Cash. He also acknowledges the influence of Tom Waits, Michael Kiwanuka, and Justin Townes Earle and you can add to the list just about anyone else who’s … [Read more...]

Interview with Rykarda Parasol

Greetings, Rykarda!  I’m not sure where in the world you are at the moment, but I hope all is well with you.  It’s so good to be in touch with you again after first interviewing you in 2010 for this site.  Your latest album, the masterful, arresting, and personal Against The Sun, has an April 15th release date for Europe and possible distro in the … [Read more...]

Telekinesis – Dormarion

The press kit to this album nails it: Dormarion, it says, “is the sound of a man figuring out exactly who he is.” Give the guy who wrote this a raise, or maybe fire him, because the problem with this album is that it can’t figure out what it is. Michael Benjamin Lerner, the man and the band who is Telekinesis is wildly talented, but also wildly … [Read more...]

Balmorhea – Stranger

The mysterious effects of remote Texan territory that births some of music’s most recent high points (here’s to Sonic Ranch for some of 2012’s best albums) is beginning to look more and more assured. Residing in Austin, instrumental band Balmorhea has always impressed with a calmly classical viewpoint, forming into a soft-forming, sometimes … [Read more...]