FAO#31: Mark Fry / The A. Lords, Meg Baird, Jeffrey Lewis and Savaging Spires

Although much is made of the egalitarianism and creative freedom bequeathed on the musical landscape by punk, it could be argued that folk music has been much more liberating and far-reaching for artists the world above. Whether it comes from its timeless flexibility or the crude fact that electricity isn’t always required to sow the initial … [Read more...]

FAO#29: Critical Heights (Owen Tromans, Savaging Spires & Diva)

Established by “just three chaps trying to run a label where we would want to collect all the releases ourselves,” Critical Heights is both a boutique label and self-building community enterprise, run from both London and Winchester.  Built - so far - around artists with an acute awareness of their environments, the label has big artistic ambitions … [Read more...]

Fuzzy Lights – Twin Feathers

With such instant progeneration through the musical conduits of the internet, the pressure on uncommercial fledgling acts to deliver definitive statements early on is perhaps equally as heavy as when major labels expect instant ‘hit’ status for an opening release from mainstream music peddlers.  Thus, it still falls to relatively old-fashioned … [Read more...]

Samson & Delilah – s/t

As the noughties seem to be evaporating somewhat prematurely, so does the enthusiasm for the folk-rock revival that characterised the dawn of the decade.  Whilst wormholes back to late-‘60s/early-‘70s folk-centric revivalism - opened on respective sides of the Atlantic by Devendra Banhart and James Yorkston - may never close fully, the … [Read more...]