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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker: Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour review elegant, melancholy folk

(Folkroom)Sometimes my view is always imbued with melancholy hue, sings Josienne Clarke in the opening song here, Silverline. Thats something of an understatement, for this is an elegant concept album that explores different shades of misery. The folk...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Ben Howard: I Forget Where We Were review indie-folk singer finds his darker side

(Island)During the summer of 2013, it seemed that every time one turned on TV festival coverage, there was Ben Howard. Only love! Only love! hed be crooning to a sea of mellow, Boden-clad revellers, seemingly the very model of the Waitrose indie-folk-...

Michael Hann | The Guardian

Sonic Halo: Review

This collaboration between two highly talented saxophonists has a lot to recommend it for those who like their jazz charming and sophisticated.

Tineke Postma and Greg Osby’s unique styles come through on every track on the album, meaning that...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

Yasmin Levy: Tango review Israeli singer takes on classic tangos to triumphant effect

Yasmin Levy has always specialised in drama and passion, at times annoyingly so, but now the Israeli singer has found the style that perfectly fits her powerful, theatrical performances and regal stage persona.

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Album | Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap

Vashti Bunyan’s more than 30-year absence from popular music was almost as epic as Bill Fay’s. His numbered 41 years between albums. Vashti returned in 2005, 35 years after her debut record. These are certainly facts and cases worth examining.…Read...

Dominic J Stevenson | For Folk's Sake

Five new albums to try this week: The 2 Bears, Kindness and more

Stream five new albums from alt-rockers Ex Hex, thrash act Exodus and more and let us know what youll be listening to this weekWhy you should listen: This second album from the bear suit-wearing duo, comprised of Raf Rundell and Hot Chips Joe Goddard...

The Guardian | Tshepo Mokoena

John Coltrane: Offering: Live at Temple University review a fearsome live inferno from 1966

(Impulse)Coltrane was nine months away from death at 40 when this music was recorded, a year after he had dissolved his breakout quartet including McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Previously undiscovered, and co-produced by Ravi Coltrane and writer Ashley...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Album | Tweedy – Sukierae

Jeff Tweedy has long since proven his worth in the general landscape of popular music. He has turned from young alt-country man into middle aged alt-rock legend. This time he wears another new hat, as he offers Tweedy’s debut album.…Read more →

Dominic J Stevenson | For Folk's Sake

Before you know it (Live in Portland) – Ezra Weiss Sextet: Review

This live album recording is the first that the pianist has produced and features beautifully smooth performances from all involved.

The first track on the album ‘Winter Machine’ lays the foundations of the rest of the record: perfectly smooth...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap review breathy and frighteningly fragile

(Fatcat)Vashti Bunyan has had a curious career. In 1970 she released Just Another Diamond Day, a gently charming, if sometimes twee album that failed to sell. When it was re-released 30 years later, helped by reminders of how she had travelled across...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian