Album Reviews

Noah Gundersen, a singer songwriter from Seattle has delivered a record with emotional lyrics of fear, decay, love, and death. The music is full of contrasts and colour ranging from quiet lyrics with simple acoustic guitar/piano to full bodied crashing guitar riffs.

If I tell you that Duncan Lloyd is the guitarist and founding member of Maximo Park (a band I love btw), then you might be expecting an album of quirky, hooky, pop-rock tunes. Well on this solo effort Duncan shows another side of his musical repertoire as 'IOUOME' (great title or not, you decide?) is rich with melody and feels at lot more gently self-reflective than his work as part of Maximo Park.

Leicester guitar- drum duo (Beth Morris, guitars and vocals & Jamie Brown, drums and vocals) known as Jitterz released their punky, bluesy, tunefully noisy E.P. through a Kickstarter campaign. It's now also available through the usual digital formats.

I started playing this record and my initial thoughts without paying much attention were, nothing new, however when giving the record quality listening time, I was hooked!

The opening cords on 'America' from Juanita Stein’s guitar on the opening track, ‘Florence’ (inspired by a real-life photograph by Dorothea Langue, taken during the Great Depression, of the eponymous Florence Owens Thompson) sets the Americana, widescreen and tumbleweed landscapes sound of this record. Add to that Juanita’s voice; clear, sweet and equally as widescreen as the guitar.

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