Category Archives: alt-folk

Scene and Heard – CCLVII  : Fishing Line 1000 Miles Deep –  StrangeJuice (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The fact that the man at the heart of StrangeJuice has earned himself the title of “The Picasso of the Australian independent music industry” actually makes a lot of sense after listening to and indeed watching the video for the … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLVI  : I Really Don’t Like U –  Kaiak (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Kaiak seem to work in creative juxtapositions as summed up by I Really Don’t Like U, a blend of sweet music and dark messaging. Lilting piano and a wonderfully understated delivery entice us in until the beat picks up and … Continue reading

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Today/Television –  Paul Littlewood (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If some music is created with the intention of being right in the listeners face and some designed to be purely background music, then Paul Littlewood’s latest release is a whole new concept, a song which somehow does both. Today … Continue reading

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Still Crazy Over You –  Forrest Hill (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is something wonderfully vaudeville at the heart of Still Crazy….that same musical hall heart which beat at the core of the likes of Randy Newman’s mercurial creations but also the jaunt of the 70’s blue-eyed R&B and a whole … Continue reading

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Seán McGowan announces debut album and tour dates

Seán McGowan has announce the release of his debut album, Son of the Smith, through Xtra Mile Recordings on 11 May 2018. Preorders for the album on CD, LP and digital are available at this link https://seanmcgowan.lnk.to/sonofthesmith  The first single taken … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes – John Johanna (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I didn’t realise people still made albums like this, but I’m damned glad that they do. Well, that John Johanna does anyway. Even before you immerse yourself in the music you encounter a mercurial air that hangs above its sonic … Continue reading

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Flames, Doorways, Grass and Time –  Grasslands (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Mercurial, that’s the word! Well, that’s one word at least. It seems that many words and descriptions come and go through the listeners, and indeed the reviewers, mind as Grasslands’ music slips through the brain. The same thing happens if … Continue reading

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What a Pretty Day –  Ranzel X Kendrick (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Roots music is a tricky term, two wide ranging to bolt anything down too specifically, able to accommodate genres such as country, folk, blues and all sorts of world music, but if there is one artist whose music seems to … Continue reading

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The Motor Car and The Weather Balloon  –  Ben Brookes (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love the connectivity of the modern world. I love the fact that I was sent this album by the powers that be in Minneapolis when the guy in question hails from a town an hour away from me in … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXXII : 17 –  Joshua Ketchmark (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There seems to be a fad in the last few years for people attach such importance to the passing of the great and good of the rock and roll generation that we forget to highlight some of the amazing artists … Continue reading

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