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Malcolm Carter - Reviews


United Bible Studies


West Kennet Ascension/Divining Movements
Impressive two releases from collective United Bible Studies, one a cassette/download only issue, the other a double CD, which prove to essential listening for these worrying times.


Firefay and Alison O'Donnell


The Travels of Janus
Evocative and atmospheric second collection of songs from folk legend Alison O’Donnell with Firefay


Araluen


And There It Is
Instantly classic debut album from new country supergroup which includes three of Danny and the Champions of the World, and also members of the Magic Numbers and Mutton Birds.


Scott Matthews


New Skin
Seventh album from singer-songwriter Scott Matthews finds the exceptional vocalist successfully exploring electronica.


Steve Robinson


Swallowing the Sun
Classic folky-pop with Beatle touches. on first album in five years from former Headlight and Roger McGuinn sideman Steve Robinson


Zoe Wren


Reckless River
Compelling and haunting debut album from London-born but now Switzerland-based singer-songwriter and folk musician Zoe Wren who has released one of the best albums of the decade


Ed Woltil


One in My Tree
Second solo album from former Ditchflower Ed Woltil has been a long time coming but is well worth the wait


Dodson and Fogg


Watch the Moon
Excellent latest EP from Chris Wade’s Dodson and Fogg project, this time coupled with a DVD displaying his film-making talents and which also features one of the prolific writer's best songs to date.


Feedback File


Sans Voix
Instrumental album from The Feedback File featuring new and old songs, which despite the absence of their usual excellent vocal performances might well be their best yet


Dodson and Fogg


Swim
Chris Wade’s Dodson and Fogg project has already released a follow-up EP to this album released late last year but this is still classic Wade


Luke Tuschrerer


Carousel
First-rate acoustic album from former Whybird Luke Tuchscherer, which was recorded in one day and mostly first and second takes


Reg Meuross


Raw
Last in the trilogy of stripped-back songs from singer/songwriter Reg Meuross and he’s saved the best for last


Catherine MacLellan


Coyote
Following up her tribute to her father’s life and music, Canadian Catherine MacLellan releases fourteen new original songs; her first original music in six years


Regen Graves


Herbslicht
Chilling and unique third solo album from Italian multi-instrumentalist Regen Graves, which is finally being released on CD


Hannah Rose Platt


Letters under Floorboards
Second album from Liverpool-born but London-based Hannah Rose Platt, which has won well-deserved acclaim from Sid Griffin and Danny and The Champions Of The World


Crystal Jacqueline


A Prayer for the Birds
New album from the Honey Pot’s Crystal Jacqueline, one side of which is taken up by a suite of songs inspired by her love of nature and the environment


Doghouse Roses


We Are Made of Light
Scottish duo Doghouse Roses' fourth album combines Iona Macdonald’s voice and Paul Tasker’s guitar to perfection


Rachel Harrington


Hush the Wild Horses
Rachel Harrington returns after an eight year absence with her best and most honest album to date


Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts


OHBAHOY
Diverse album from Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts who prove that there is much more to them than just power-pop


Risa Hall


Gold Dust
Five tracker from Risa Hall finds the Manchester-based singer-songwriter displaying a poppier side that she has only touched upon in previous releases


Sofia Talvik


Paws of a Bear
Remarkable set of Americana-influenced songs from Sweden’s most talented singer/songwriter, Sofia Talvik


United Bible Studies


Cave Hill Ascension
Latest from the collective United Bible Studies featuring Alison O’Donnell, David Colohan and Dominic Cooper, which is a cinematic four track journey into unexplored territories


Karen Jonas


Lucky, Revisited
First-rate new album from country artist Karen Jonas in which nine tracks taken from her previous three albums are given a new treatment along with some covers


Dead South


Sugar and Joy
Fabulous third album from Canadian bluegrass outfit the Dead South, which will appeal to those who would usually steer clear of the genre


Native Harrow


Happier Now
Perfect third album from Native Harrow which with its heavy Laurel Canyon vibe features some of the most beautiful and heartfelt music of this year


Session Americana


North East
Diverse set of cover interpretations from Session Americana not always with the result one might expect but which nevertheless always prove inspiring


Amy Speace


Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne
Enthralling seventh solo album from Amy Speace and her best yet displaying her skill at setting short stories to music.


Sa Bruxa


From the Depths
Nineteen minute dark and ambient new release from Sa Bruxa, the project of Giuseppe Novella, which will soundtrack your worst nightmare


Frankie Lee


Stillwater
Haunting and lo-fi second album and first in four years from acclaimed Minnesota-based singer-songwriter Frankie Lee which was recorded in and is about his home town of Stillwater


Emily Fairlight


Mother of Gloom
Second album from New Zealander Emily Fairlight which is more than the dark ‘doom-folk’ tag would have us believe


Dodson and Fogg


Watching the World
Leeds-based Chris Wade’s Dodson & Fogg project goes from strength to strength with another collection of outstanding songs from the multi-instrumentalist


Alison O' Donnell


Exotic Masks and Sensible Shoes
Stunning collection of modern day folk songs on what is just the third solo album from 1960’s folk legend Alison O’Donnell


Thea Gilmore


Small World Turning
New album from Thea Gilmore featuring Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and a host of others which shows Gilmore is still in a class of her own


Lost Revellers


Midnight Circus
Debut album from folk-fusion band Lost Revellers, an outstanding collection of original songs mixed with classical and Eastern-European folk songs


Weeping Willows


After Us
Sweden’s Weeping Willows return with their first full-length album since 2016 and it’s their best yet


Mike Silver


Alchemy: 50 Years in Song
After fifty years, and nineteen albums, Mike Silver picks the ‘best-of’ his work while Folkstock Records give it the treatment it deserves


John Rooney


Joy
Australian and former Lonely Heart and Coronet Blue member John Rooney hits a career high with his latest collection of blue-eyed soul


David Banks


Until the End
Exceptional debut solo album from ex- Whybird David Banks fills in the gap left by Tom Petty’s passing and so much more


Snarky Puppy


Immigrance
Instrumental and genre-defying thirteenth thirteenth album from American group Snarky Puppy


Damien Jurado


In the Shape of a Storm
Intimate and stripped down collection of newly recorded songs that Damien Jurado had not found a home for until now


Finn Andrews


One Piece at a Time
After five albums as the Veils' frontman Finn Andrews releases his debut solo album, his most intimate collection of songs to date


Nigel Stonier


Navigate
Seventh album from producer/musician Nigel Stonier features some of his strongest work to date


Simon Lynge


Deep Snow
Inspiring album from Greenlandic-Danish singer-songwriter Simon Lynge which proves surprisingly heartwarming and uplifting


Dodson and Fogg


Phantom Gesture
Seventeenth album from Chris Wade’s Dodson and Fogg which reveals this multi-instrumentalist has no signs of slowing down or a shortage of ideas


Lily and Madeleine


Canterbury Girls
Fourth album from Lily and Madeleine which is the sisters’ most diverse yet fascinating set of songs to date


Jason Ringenberg


Stand Tall
Latest album from country legend Jason Ringenberg which almost didn’t happen but proves to be one of his best to date


Lisa Redford


The Edge of Love
Third EP of original country-infused Americana from Lisa Redford which proves she is still one of our most talented vocalists


Jess Klein


Back to My Green
Emotive latest album from American singer-songwriter Jess Klein in which major changes in her personal and creative life and not least in her homeland have inspired her to produce her strongest set of songs to date


Honey Pot


Bewildered Jane
Dark latest album of psychedelic-pop from critically acclaimed Devon-based band the Honey Pot


Jamie Hutchings


Bedsit
Former Bluebottle Kiss frontman Jamie Hutchings returns with a new solo album, the stripped-back and intimate ‘Bedsit’


Addi McDaniel


After the News
Excellent solo album from Addi McDaniel from voice and harp duo Addi and Jacq whose powerhouse vocals are even more effective with this material


Catty Pearson


Time Tells Me
Debut EP from London-based singer-songwriter Catty Pearson, which produced by Chris Kimsey, proves to be a little gem and her a strong and promising talent to watch out for


Reg Meuross


12 Silk Hankerchiefs
Singer-songwriter Reg Meuross presents a song-cycle about the Hull Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968, which proves to be his most important release to date.


Louise Aubrie


When I Don't Love You I'll Let You Know
First-rate fourth album from London and New York-based singer-songwriter Louise Aubrie which is her most diverse and enjoyable set yet


Octopus Syng


Victorian Wonders
First-class latest album from Finland’s premier psychedelic band Octopus Syng which draws comparisons with early Pink Floyd


Vanessa Peters


Foxhole Prayers
Dallas-based singer/songwriter Vanessa Peters most powerful musical statement yet makes for essential listening


Theatre Royal


All Fall Forward/Better Say Goodbye
Classic energy-fueled guitar-led pop on double A-sider from Medway's Theatre Royal that makes the forthcoming album one to watch out for


Ella Flame and the Nighthawks


The Cracked Bell Rings
EP of four cover songs from Ella Flame and the Nighthawks, the most inspired set of non-originals heard for a while


Bevis Frond


We're Your Friends, Man
Enthralling twenty tracker from Nick Saloman’s the Bevis Frond, which, even at over twenty albums,is one of, if not the best, of his work


Michelle Lewis


All That’s Left
Fabulous third album from Boston born but now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis which finds her reaching new heights







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