Friday, June 30, 2006

The Tailors - Giddy and maudlin

Come on you Tailors, get some more songs out there. Don't make me bring out the rockingbirds comparisons....

Listen: The Tailors - Giddy and Maudlin


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Guillemots - If the world ends

I've been listening to a friend's pre-release copy of the guillemots album through the window pane - it's out at the start of next month. When I say listening, I mean over and over again, and then once more for luck. I've played it maybe 12, 13 times since yesterday whilst working from home.
I don't think it's the sort of album that's going to do very well in an ipod world of downloading individual tracks. Sure the singles sparkle with jaunty abandon reminiscent of Dexy's or prime Waterboys (maybe World Party?) at their best (keep an eye out for the most recent single made up love song #43, or their last one trains to brazil - surely the best song about worrying about terrorists whilst getting on with life ever) but it is the more introspective moments that capture and pull at the heart strings. Unlike most lonesome music posts, it is pure pop, but when an album has moody moments like the Wicked Game beauty of If the world ends, whose complaining?

Listen: guillemots - if the world ends link removed link reinstated - email me if you have a problem with this.


Monday, June 26, 2006

Thomas Fraser - cowboy music out of time

I came across this article in the Observer music magazine last week and was intrigued enough to get a copy of you and my old guitar. Basically Thomas was a lobster fisherman on the remote Shetland Islands (specifically Burra), records classic American country he hears on the radio in the 1950s. Thomas Fraser died in 1978, but the tapes he had made have been released by his grandson to much critical acclaim. This is the real thing. No fake webcasts, no street teams. This is the sound of a man making music he loved for his own and his friends amusement. I'm not sure if I'm going to get the other CDs - but I loving the one that I've got. Check the other samples on the official site.

Listen: Thomas Fraser - Lonesome Town

Official website

Buy it: from Burra - it's more fun!
Buy it: from CDbaby

Friday, June 23, 2006

Midlake - Bandits

Taken from their new album, amusingly called the trials of van occupanther, it's taken a while for this album to grow on me. I got it because of the Incredible String Band style cover and was a little surprised to find myself reminded of a folk Fleetwood Mac. It was also quite difficult to choose a track - I'd recommend you listen to the album as it feels a little odd extracting just one.

Listen: Midlake - bandits

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Shelagh McDonald - Sweet Sunlight

Taken from her 1971 Stargazer album and posted simply because I heard it this morning and it lifted my spirits even higher than they were - I love working from home.

Listen: Shelagh McDonald - Sweet Sunlight

Just buy it

Sunday, June 11, 2006


There are three songs on their website. I've posted the one that I thought would work best here on lonesome, but they are a little like the guillemots - they have a coherent sound, but one that doesn't really fit any defined category. I hear bits of jazz (the chord changes, the piano work on falling leaves), freak/psych folk (percussion, tonality and space) and just plain weirdness each time I listen to them. Let me know what you think.

Listen: Flying - Falling Leaves


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Monday, June 05, 2006

Our Lady of Bells

John Berry of Our Lady of Bells sent me an email sometime last month, obviously things have changed a little since then at lonesome's Southern HQ, and I've only just got around to listening to his band's songs - a mix of boy-girl country inflected folk, or folk informed country depending on which side of the bed you got out of this morning, or if you went to bed, and if you did whether you got any sleep - I'm rambling aren't I? Either way, I highly recommend you check out their website and the tracks below, their mp3s don't have the name of the band attached - so you might want to add them before putting on your mp3 player and then tearing your hair out trying to figure out who it is (like I did).

Listen: our lady of bells - Oh My Oh My

Listen: our lady of bells - here they all pretend


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Jay Pea

With a politely worded email and an invitation to download and post mp3s, rather than the all too common "listen to it at our MySpace site" I actually clicked the link and listened to the first track on the website - it took all of about 3 seconds to realise I'd be posting something on Lonesome - it's a gentle country-folk mix, thankfully easy on the Dylan and hackneyed blues turn arounds there are xylophones, 'cellos and vaguely martial drums. It might not change the world, but it made me smile.

So here are

Listen: Jay Pea - A day in march

Listen: Jay Pea - Dalilah's Dream