London-based five-piece with an American drummer head to the hills of Malibu to record debut album.
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Sunday 27 January 2013
LA-based five-piece (not a solo artist) Milo Greene trade solidly in American folk-pop.
Saturday 23 June 2012
Beachwood Sparks are the group whose 2000 debut effectively kick-started the whole revival of laidback, harmony-draped Californian country-rock.
Sunday 29 April 2012
If you're going to quit your day job as drummer in the world's premier folk-rock band, you'd better have something special up your sleeve.
Friday 13 January 2012
The nu-folk-rock boom has now, it seems, gone global, spreading beyond its Anglo-American bases to Australia, where Boy & Bear's Moonfire has been a runaway success.
Thursday 25 August 2011
Winner of the Best Medium Sized Festival at last year's UK Festival Awards, Green Man is, at its core, a folk festival, which means beards galore on stage, even more beards among the audience, and lots and lots of guitars.
Friday 19 August 2011
Sunday 07 August 2011
Much will depend on what the words "Laurel Canyon" mean to you. For this is an updating of the late-'60s model of golden, folk-inflected pop so associated with that storied gulch. And a world already saturated with Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver is primed. Wilson's music is meditative, quiet, stretched. The melodies barely move, sung by a voice as soft as mousse, while tempos seldom stir above a flip-flopped stroll. Themes? Well, here are some titles: "Canyon in the Rain", "Ballad of the Pines", "Magic Everywhere", "Woe is Me". And can that be an authentic mellotron we hear on "Waters Down"? There is always a temptation with these things to play the reference game – "CS&N meet Quicksilver over veggie cutlets round at Neil's" – but that might be a way of avoiding a higher truth, which is that Gentle Spirit is impressively inert.
Friday 24 June 2011
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Sunday 29 May 2011
Do we care that Cloud Control recently won the Australian equivalent of the Mercury Prize?
Friday 20 May 2011
Named after a single by Steely Dan, Reelin' In The Years is a pleasant ramble through five decades of pop culture seen through the eyes of a music-loving northerner and told through a series of singles that each represents a year of his life. Alongside snapshots from his childhood in Bolton, his student days in Manchester and his broadcasting career, most notably at Radios 1, 2 and 6Music, Mark Radcliffe guides us through his most significant records, an impressively diverse collection that takes in prog-rock (Genesis), krautrock (Kraftwerk), manufactured pop (The Monkees), country (Johnny Cash) and contemporary folk (Fleet Foxes).
Sunday 01 May 2011
Robin Pecknold became so difficult to be around during the making of Helplessness Blues, he now admits, that his girlfriend Olivia left him. Then, when she heard how beautiful the end results were, she came back.
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