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Ada Lea – ‘one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden’ – “literary vignettes of Montreal life”

Ada Lea – ‘one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden’ – “literary vignettes of Montreal life”

Ross McGibbon September 21, 2021 0

SADDLE CREEK 24th September, 2021 Alexandra Levy is a French-Canadian from Montreal and this is an involving album of songs. With an up close and personal tone, these feel like bedsit confessionals, except they

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JON GOMM – ‘SECRETS NOBODY KEEPS’ – “Reissue of the ongoing wonder of Jon Gomm’s six-handed guitar playing”

JON GOMM – ‘SECRETS NOBODY KEEPS’ – “Reissue of the ongoing wonder of Jon Gomm’s six-handed guitar playing”

Ross McGibbon September 21, 2021 0

KSCOPE 24th September, 2021 Jon Gomm is a Leeds legend and, despite the excellence of this album, best experienced live or on a live recording (don’t worry, there is one), to marvel at the

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The Felice Brothers – “From Dreams To Dust” – ‘Ragged and very right’

The Felice Brothers – “From Dreams To Dust” – ‘Ragged and very right’

Ross McGibbon September 17, 2021 0

YEP ROC 17th Sept 2021 I think of The Felice Brothers as a band dedicated to ‘ragged but right’. After eight albums, their abilities are honed, their playing and writing skills honed, but they

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Hamish Hawk – “Heavy Elevator” – ‘Literate, wise, gentle and funny’

Hamish Hawk – “Heavy Elevator” – ‘Literate, wise, gentle and funny’

Ross McGibbon September 17, 2021 0

ASSAI RECORDINGS 17th September 2021 Literate, wise, gentle and funny; this is a mature sounding work from a man with enough youth to be constructively pretentious (twenty-nine and performing for ten years). I’ll try

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Desperate Measures – ‘Rinsed mini-album’ – “Old school punk from an old-school punk”

Desperate Measures – ‘Rinsed mini-album’ – “Old school punk from an old-school punk”

Ross McGibbon September 8, 2021 0

EASY ACTION RECORDS 3rd Sept 2021 A solid blast of old-school rock. Something that could be shoved into 1979 without anyone blinking at this punk / garage rock. Lots of power chords, belted chorus

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Jason Sharp – ‘The Turning Centre Of A Still World’ – “deeply atmospheric jazz meditation”

Jason Sharp – ‘The Turning Centre Of A Still World’ – “deeply atmospheric jazz meditation”

Ross McGibbon August 30, 2021 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS 27th August 2021 A solo album from an electro-acoustic composer and saxophonist from Montreal, this is warm and atmospheric, full of character and incident whilst still washing round the body like a

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Chantel McGregor – ‘The Shed Sessions Volume 1 & 2’ – “Bradford’s Blues-Rock Queen does it again”

Chantel McGregor – ‘The Shed Sessions Volume 1 & 2’ – “Bradford’s Blues-Rock Queen does it again”

Ross McGibbon August 30, 2021 0

SELF RELEASED link below review August 2021 A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to catch a set from Chantel McGregor and her band in Bradford and it was a delight. Ripping

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Los Lobos – ‘Native Sons’ – “a love letter to the variety of Los Angeles”

Los Lobos – ‘Native Sons’ – “a love letter to the variety of Los Angeles”

Ross McGibbon July 30, 2021 0

NEW WEST RECORDS 30 July 2021 Los Lobos have been a band for nearly fifty years, yet their last few albums have been amongst my favourites. There is an energy and punch that belies

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Beautiful People – ‘If 60’s Were 90’s’ – “Hendrix remixed for the rave generation”

Beautiful People – ‘If 60’s Were 90’s’ – “Hendrix remixed for the rave generation”

Ross McGibbon July 25, 2021 0

RILLY GROOVY MUSIC      16th July 2021 Picture yourself in a beach shack somewhere on Ko Pha-Ngan in the nineties. If this album had been given the release it should have, you’d have

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SILVERTWIN – ‘SILVERTWIN’ –  “classic piano-led seventies pop full of melody and feeling”

SILVERTWIN – ‘SILVERTWIN’ – “classic piano-led seventies pop full of melody and feeling”

Ross McGibbon July 25, 2021 0

SILVERTWIN RECORDS 16th July 2021 A love-letter to seventies pop, this recalls George Martin’s piano, ELO’s vocals and chorus harmonies, Todd Rundgren’s melodic grasp and the smooth pop of Yacht Rock. Largely the work

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