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By Diana Collier on 06/04/16 | Category - Reviews

Library of Aethers Album of the Month April 2016.

The Weight of Care - Jason Steel.

‘Just as Durer drew the hare, I was drawn to you’ begins the opening track of this beguiling piece, minimally sketched with voice and banjo, and so sets the tone for this album, of quality and understated beauty.'


Steel plays guitar and banjo throughout, with nods to American primitive players such as Fahey, Old Time American music and Country Blues players such as Dock Boggs, but remains very much himself throughout.


 

 

Each song is a favourite: ‘The Feast’, its darkness tempered by the final ‘I felt myself a spin a record on the platter, and the sorrows of this world, they simply ceased to matter.’ ‘The Glass Case’ which tempts us with of all the precious things which we cannot hold -‘The light of the moon, my first lover’s grace, your good, true heart.’, Song for Turning, documenting, so delicately, the waxing and waning of a relationship, with its heart breaking melody, and’ Vaso Slide’, a joyfully delivered bottleneck style guitar tune, with its cheeky lyric.


Like all good artists Steel is constantly moving forward, his new stylings being more experimental, but equally compelling. Let’s hope these new sounds are captured for posterity.


You can catch Jason Steel live at TAP in Westcliff on Sea on April 30th 2016 at the ‘Library of Aethers presents…..’ event.


http://www.wegottickets.com/event/348738


http://www.rifmountain.com/shop.html

 



By Steven Hastings on 03/04/16 | Category - Harbour Bazaar

 


 

Harbour Bazaar turns it’s spotlight this month onto Ian McNabb one of the UK’s finest and most acclaimed singers & songwriters! 

We will be selecting a host of fine tracks from his extensive back catalogue plus an interview with Ian discussing thirty years of The Icicle Works, his host of fine solo albums and including the Mercury Prize nominated Head Like A Rock and current album ‘Respectfully Yours’ – a collection of personal cover versions choices that includes the songs of Scott Walker, Green On Red, The Doors and his forthcoming tour with both Icicle Works and solo dates.

Featured new album selection is ‘Distance Inbetween’ the latest from chiming indie rockers The Coral plus, as promised, a live acoustic performance from Shangri La supremo Tom Burgess.

Plus Guests Choices from Choices Guests Now & Then featuring this month White Denim plus a psych themed Glorious Sixties Pop Moment and a perfect Bunnymen tune in Cover Uncovered.

Hope you can join us from 8pm broadcasting live at www.shipfullofbombs.co.uk or via Tune In radio app or at www.tunein.com

For all Ian McNabb information, releases, tour dates & tickets:

www.ianmcnabb.com

Follow The Harbour Bazaar on Twitter @harbourbazaar1 and www.facebook.com/theharbourbazaar

By Mark Lancaster on 19/03/16 | Category - Reviews

Renowned for their excellent live events where they mix electric performances with jugglers, fire-eaters, stilt walkers and outlandish costumes, this is Primo Nelson's second album. The first impression 'Future Tourist' gives you is just how the band have moved on from debut release 'For Funk Sake'. The arrangements are more complex and the production is punchier and with songs like the excellent jazz funk groove 'Nightvision' the band show that they can tackle more than just in your face funk. 



Live favourites 'Squeeze', 'Pinch' and 'Jack Off Jazz' are included in a 12 song set that captures perfectly their exuberance and wit. The musicianship is, as expected, excellent with some great solos from saxophonist Gary Hamilton and trumpet player  Bradley Walsh. Front man Dave Ambrose excels on the aforementioned Nightvision and 'Squeeze' and backing singers Lisa Martin and Debbie Taylor are given the chance to shine on 'Formula X'. 'Pet Humanoid' comes straight out of the Acid Jazz stable and 'Jazz House' features rapper Marcus Pinnock (aka MarkyOnly) to excellent effect. This is a damn good album and I hear on the grapevine that the third album is already written. On the strength of 'Future Tourist' I can't wait to hear it. 

The album is being launched at Primo Nelson's Space Funk and Soul Circus at Chinnery's in Southend on 19th March and will be available via the band, local record shops and at their live events. Check http://www.facebook.com/PrimoNelsonUk/?fref=ts for further details. 

 


By Diana Collier on 10/03/16 | Category - Reviews

‘Ghosts’ by the English Acoustic Collective.

 

 

 

Released way back in 2004 this album by The English Acoustic Collective comprising the talents of John Dipper, Robert Harbron and Chris Wood is a sublime treat.

The opening track ‘Copernicus’ written by Robert Harbron, is to me a transcendental track, being one of the most beautifully arranged tunes I have ever heard. The feel on this record is of folk tunes giving an informal nod to early music, as though that form were set free in a rangy and heartfelt manner, and this is not heard only on Copernicus, but throughout the recording.

A mixture of traditional and self- penned tracks make up the whole, with the delicacy of the playing sometimes giving way to robust tunes such Swap Your Love sung in Chris Woods earthy tones.

A beautiful song heralding the spring ,‘Bleary Winter’ showcases the thoughtful and restrained arrangements, each player knowing how much is enough.

I don’t know for sure, but I think I can hear the echoes of this recording in the playing of other great folk musicians such as Sam Sweeney, so I think I may not be alone in my championing of this album.


By Steven Hastings on 07/02/16 | Category - Harbour Bazaar

Harbour Bazaar radio show swing open on 7th Feb from 8pm with a spotlight on Peter Meaden the original face, scene shaper and stylist/manager of The Who with a welcome return to the show for mod about town JOHN HELLIER - who will be telling his story, choosing songs and discussing his new book, co-authored with Pete Wilky, I’M THE FACE – THE OFFICIAL PETER MEADEN BIOGRAPHY

Plus an insight into the recent released and acclaimed MIDNIGHT IN MY LIFE - A short film about Steve Marriot described as a poignant study of talent, ageing and what success means and staring Martin Freeman

Plus in our What’s In A Label feature we have SFOB’s Box Of Delights MARK LANCASTER featuring JAZZMAN RECORDS and a set from Northern Soul DJ, Essex scooter scene veteran & promoter JOHN MADAMS.

Plus Cover Uncovered, Guest Choices From Choice Guests, a Glorious Sixties Pop Moment plus tracks from The High Numbers, the Who, Beefheart, Humble Pie, Steve Marriot and a fist full of floor fillers to close…

For more info I’m The Face

http://www.wappingwharf.com/book_ImTheFace.html

For more details of Midnight Of My Life

http://midnightofmylife.com/

By Diana Collier on 05/02/16 | Category - Reviews

 With Wolves The Lambs Will Lie - MG Boulter

In our little corner of South East Essex we have long understood the worth of MG Boulter and his music, but now it seems, at last, more and more people are taking notice.

Boulter’s second solo album ‘With Wolves the Lambs will Lie’ has attracted praise far and wide, from national papers to specialist music publications, and deservedly so.

Boulter creates intricate tales; woven with compassion and the threads of simple, particular, observation. His songs are stories which gently beckon you in.

We are drawn further in by such as the delicate melodies of Someday the Waves, through to the gentle undulations of Brother Uncles, and the robust stylings of This is the Last Song. Amongst other notable contributors, Toby Kearney adorns several of the tracks with his subtle use of vibraphone; adding a dreamy quality to the sound, and Lucy Farrell works her magic with beautiful harmonies and fiddle playing. There is an honesty and lack of ostentation which means that this album will quietly become a lasting treasure.

‘With Wolves the Lambs Will Lie’ is released on Harbour Song records in February 2016.

 http://www.harboursong.co.uk

 

Cover artwork is by Mickey Denny. 

 

 

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