Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Laura Marling - Ghosts

When was the last time you were obsessed by a song? This song has haunted me since seeing Laura play it on the telly a few weeks ago. She looked (and apparently is) frighteningly young and this song seemed almost too simple to release as a single, the lyric drifts in and out of meter and the phrasing sounds odd, but then it clicks and you can't imagine it making sense any other way. I got the album and realised that it isn't a one off. I also realised that this could be the year for a Joni Mitchell revival, but that's the topic for another post.
When I tried to explain that there were tracks that reminded me of a folk Mazzy Star, the Tindersticks, Beirut and Leonard Cohen to Beth I came to the unnerving realisation that the album surpasses the hype around all the UK's solo female artists at the moment and sets Laura up for a fully fledged career.

Listen: Laura Marling - Ghosts


Buy it

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Avett Brothers - Find my love

Back to the beards! A personal favorite from their pristine Gleam EP from 2006, the flawless Avett brothers. If you haven't got their album 'emotionalism' from last year you should seek it out too.

Their blend of bluegrass manages to be stripped down without being austere and it packs a huge emotional punch. There's a hint of the Eitzel about the lyrics too - which, as surely we can all agree, is a very good thing. Beautiful.

Listen: The Avett Brothers - Find My Love

Buy it


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Boca Chica - Transform Into Beasts

Boca Chica are head and shoulders above most of the alt-folk stuff doing the rounds and that makes this a hard post to write.

Just trust us when we say you'll like it.

Think layered indie folk with a country twinge and a big heart. Led by singer/songwriter Hallie Pritts, they make a gloriously winsome and loping left-field racket and it's a treat to hear a female voice in such an ordinarily bearded arena.

Listen -Boca Chica - Cobblestones

Listen - Boca Chica - Big Calm


And in other news - the new AMC album got 5/5 in The Sun on Friday. This is surely the world gone mad. (And don't judge me here - reading your neighbour's paper is one of the scant joys of commuting).