Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jane Weaver - "Slow Motion"

Liverpool's Jane Weaver releases her latest LP, Modern Kosmology tomorrow, but you can give it a spin now. "Slow Motion" is my favourite of the bunch, but this is a front-to-back solid effort.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Amir Bresler - "Afro Golden Line"

Not the first funky Israeli I've recommended (that'd be Kutiman, way back in the Ear To The Sound days), but Amir Bresler is certainly the latest to make me think "Holy Sh*t" just as much as I think "Holy Land." Just the A-side from this one available to check out so far, but it features Sefi Zisling on trumpet, which is how it popped up on my radar.

**If you haven't heard Beyond the Things I Know from Zisling, get thee to a Bandcamp stream.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Fleet Foxes - "Fool's Errand"

Kinda bonkers, but beautiful. Looking forward to hearing the rest of Crack Up, the new Fleet Foxes album.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Calcedon - "Sparrow"

I don't know if the rest of Echo In measures up to the lead-off track, "Sparrow," but damned if it isn't a phenomenal single. That opening guitar line sound like Paul Simon, but then it gets a bit screwed and chopped and things get BIG.


Friday, April 28, 2017

The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack - "Sleep Demon"

Since the rise of Courtney Barnett I've been enjoying a lot of indie-rock coming out of Australia (Heart Beach, Julia Jacklin, anon.) but thanks to the folks at Hope Street Recordings, it's becoming a great source of soul music as well. My first discovery from the label was the country-soul of The Meltdown (think Jeb Loy Nichols) and now comes The Cactus Channel and Sam Cromack's collaboration, Do It For Nothing. Cromack's the guest vocalist and boy does he bring the heat. Torch-song level emotion throughout the EP, but particularly on "Sleep Demon" below.

Keep your eyes on Hope Street and your ears on their roster!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This Flame I Carry - "Dustbowls"

 These are the tags Noah Cebuliak - aka This Flame I Carry - lists at the bottom of the Bandcamp page for new album Taboos: folk r&b jazz lofi neo-soul prog folk

If you're not intrigued by a fairly disparate group of genres, then I doubt you're following RR on the regular. The spooky bells, Cebuliak's wispy vocals and haunting violin on "Dustbowls" are all underpinned by Patrick Latreille's phenomenal acoustic bass.

Can't wait to hear the rest of the album.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dwight Trible - "What The World Needs Now Is Love (ft. Matthew Halsall)"

I have a pretty big love for old pop - particularly the likes of Burt Bacharach who wrote this classic with Hal David, and an equally large love for great jazz vocalists so this cut is a no-brainer.

Trible sounds like Terry Callier on this cover, and the strings (harp!) swell beautifully behind him.

Can't wait to hear the rest.