It takes the video about a minute to get to the actual song but
stay with it, 'Blood Moon' and its ethereal, fragile melody will
leave a lasting impression as it swirls away as mysteriously as
Brue - 'I Know'
If what I just read is even half true the US alt.folk scene is
falling over itself to hail Sammy Brue as the actual heir of Dylan,
Cash and Woody Guthrie, which is a bit of a tall order for a singer
songwriter yet to reach his sixteenth birthday, even an admittedly
talented and prodigious one as Sammy is. 'I Know' is a pleasant
enough folksy number, but whether he'll be collecting Grammy awards
a decade from now is as yet undecided.
Duo - Sevens
Practically every publication you can think of are kneeling in
worshipful praise of Moon Duo but do forgive me if I'm somewhat
less than overawed by the slightly ponderous 'Sevens', a song
that requires an indefinable something to really get those lunar
Souvenir Driver - 'Photographs'
Moody, grimy Dreampop played with a bit of enthusiasm from a
Portland band, sounding somewhere between Black Lips and the Brian
Jonestowns. Well known Classic FM dj Alex James likes them so
they probably are quite good. The video is very instructive for
anyone that ever wondered 'exactly how do flowers grow?'
Marwood - 'The Devil Makes Work For Jazz
I think he's been around forever, perhaps Reading's best regarded
singer songwriter and it's a very on form Ben Marwood singing
'you all must die' as the chorus of the single that is bringing
him to our attentions around a decade on from his first recordings
(which I dimly recall reviewing back in the day).
Deeper - 'Stars Tonight (Have You Seen)
Channelling their inner Grateful Dead, Norwegian psyche rockers
make a sound reminiscent of Neil Young's Crazy Horse at their
most righteous, and some meaningful lyrics with that - 'have you
seen yourself from the outside? think you need a mirror' then
going for a lengthy instrumental break that's probably longer
at their live shows. https://soundcloud.com/digd/stars-tonight-have-you-seen-digi-masters-soft-limiter