Category Archives: alt-folk

Stronger in Numbers – Chris Tye (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Playing a note on a guitar or singing a lyrical line is a fairly straightforward job. These days it seems as if you could blindly throw a stone and not fail to hit some over-entitled, gap-year troubadour treating us to … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mandolins – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

An album is more than just a collection of songs; it is a window into where an artist is, mentally, physically and often more telling, logistically, at the point of recording. 2014’s compact and bijou five track The Ghost of … Continue reading

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CradleRock – Craig Johnstone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When I first encountered Craig’s music it was via the refreshingly raw, honest and self-deprecating country-punk meets frantic folk collision of last years We Humans album. And if within that that wonderfully raw musical landscape of satire and sympathy, profanity … Continue reading

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Weeding Out The Wicked – The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last time I dipped my toe into the crazy waters of The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show it was to experience their clattering cider-punk-country-hoedown Tightropin’ a song which gave me the opportunity to roll out all those literary juxtapositions and … Continue reading

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We Humans – Craig Johnstone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

First impressions are always interesting events and so it is with the first 30 seconds of Key of D, the opening salvo of We Humans. If I had been led to assume that this was just another collection of alt-country … Continue reading

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Growing Up So Fast – Flagship Romance (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although slightly reminiscent of the simplicity and harmony of The Civil Wars, you could always tell that whilst making great music those two didn’t seem to be having a lot of fun. However, Flagship Romance, another partnership that crosses the musical … Continue reading

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Black Hole Heart – Sarah Donner (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Having come to Sarah Donner’s work initially through her Kitten’s Slay Dragons album Big, Big, Heart, it was interesting to experience her away from those more recent electronic experimentations and synth-pop drives. But what initially strikes me is that even … Continue reading

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Hometown – Dru Cutler (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When you look at an artists “about me” or biographical blurb and check their listed influences, it often says more about what they want to sound like or what they sound like in their own head rather than describes the … Continue reading

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Mando Tambo Mellow Banjo – Bill Mullarky (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Eclectic is the word that easily applies itself to Bill Mullarky sumptuous and comprehensive debut album but unlike many who seem content to play to their record collection and try to revive a music scene or re-create a bygone sound, … Continue reading

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Twitch – James Kruman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It came as no surprise to find that James is the product of the dark satanic brickwork and cold streets of Manchester, the same vibe that oozed out of Joy Division’s challenging art attacks also shrouds his stark, subtly nuanced … Continue reading

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