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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gig Listing : The Nest Collective Presents American Roots Group, Furnace Mountain - 30th October




The Nest Collective Presents Furnace Mountain
Venue: Courtyard Theatre - Hoxton

Date: 30th Oct
Time: 19:00 - 22:30
Price: £10



“Furnace Mountain are a truly exceptional group and deserve to be in the upper tier of American roots groups” Rock and Reel R2 Mag

Though often overshadowed by Southwest Virginia and its famed Crooked Road, the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia’s northwestern counties have always been fertile ground for traditional music, and they continue to be home to many of its finest practitioners.

Furnace Mountain has performed throughout the world, from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they are the host band of Watermelon Park Festival, held on the site of one of the very first bluegrass festivals, in 1965. Furnace Mountain plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favorite song writing friends.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Progressive Folk artist Nessi Gomes' debut album "Diamonds and Demons" review



I was so impressed with this new release that I had to write up a second post. I think you will be too once you've heard this most amazing album.


Marty's review: Nessi Gomes' "Diamonds and Demons" is one of those albums that you know you're going to love right from the first opening bars.  The production surrounds the listener with a swirl of musical fragrances that light up the soul and soothe the inner heart. Nessi's voice has a uniqueness to it that lingers like a fresh floral scent and the mostly acoustic instrumentation floats in the air and arouses the senses. If you want some comparisons I would mention contemporaries like Lisa Gerrad, Alison Krauss, Bjork, Kate Bush, Enya and Marianne Faithfull (fine company to be in I would say). 

See previous post on this blog HERE 

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 All songs Lyrics & Music: Nessi Gomes
Produced, Engineered, Arranged: Duncan Bridgeman
Post production and sound processing: Nigel Butler
Mixed: Joe Dworniak, Nigel Butler, Duncan Bridgeman
Mastered: Joe Dworniak



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Connecticut purveyors of Americana, Birds Over Arkansas, new release "So Much Sky"




Connecticut-based band Birds Over Arkansas have released a new song with a crisp, harmonious American roots foundation layered with progressive, subtly unorthodox structures and historically-based spiritual themes.  Formed in 2011, Birds Over Arkansas consists of Scott Haskitt (guitar, lead vocals), Laura Hartshorn (keyboards/vocals), John Mondick (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Ryan Berg (drums/percussion).

According to lead singer Scott Haskitt, “So Much Sky” is about “being too often consumed by life's bigger picture, and, consequently, losing sight of its finer details.” While the chorus lyrics juxtapose the act of sky-gazing with that of internal self-reflection, the verses tell the story of the struggles of Reinhold Rudenberg, a scientist and inventor who was in part responsible for the development of the electron microscope.



Stream "So Much Sky" HERE 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes new album release "Diamonds and Demons"




Diamonds and Demons is the debut album by the British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes, a composer and lyricist of rare invention and beauty. Ensuing tales of darkness and light allow a deeper exploration of the human condition, psyche, collective fears and torments. Nessi has produced a record that is at once lustrous and shadowy, mysterious and magical, which she sings in a voice that is intimate and idiosyncratic.

The creation of the album took place over the last 18 months, while traveling through London on the Regents canal inside a portable studio on a little rusty blue boat called 'The Wild Goose’.

Nessi and her producer Duncan Bridgeman (Grammy nominee, '1 Giant Leap’) together dug an uncharted tunnel into the artist's turbulent heart and soul.

Navigating through layers of her inner geography and a yearning sense of separation they examined her very depths.  Deep childhood traumas, attempted suicides, indeed, every level of resistance she felt to every ray of light. Every moment of darkness to every dream. Inner diamonds and demons were deconstructed under a magnifying glass and her blood, sweat, and tears finally transmuted into music.

Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey to a family of immigrants from Portugal, Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with progressive British inspiration.


“Hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured nods to Bjork & Kate Bush” Paul Lester – The Guardian


Marty's review: Nessi Gomes' "Diamonds and Demons" is one of those albums that you know you're going to love right from the first opening bars.  The production surrounds the listener with a swirl of musical fragrances that light up the soul and soothe the inner heart. Nessi's voice has a uniqueness to it that lingers like a fresh floral scent and the mostly acoustic instrumentation floats in the air and arouses the senses. If you want some comparisons I would mention contemporaries like Lisa Gerrad, Alison Krauss, Bjork, Kate Bush, Enya and Marianne Faithfull (fine company to be in I would say).



The first video of the album is now live here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lWnxxADdLY (These Walls)

Pre-order on iTunes: http://found.ee/diamondsdemonsiTunes


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Stewart Lindsey (Comprised Of Dave Stewart & Thomas Lindsey) Release Debut Album "Spitballin"



Stewart Lindsey (comprised of music legend Dave Stewart and up and coming singer Thomas Lindsey) have recently released their debut album Spitballin.’ The duo teamed up after Lindsey sent Stewart his music via twitter, never dreaming his idol would actually respond. Stewart (who was co­writer, producer, and one half of the band Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and has worked with fellow legends including Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Daryl Hall, Gwen Stefani, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin and many more) was blown away by Lindsey’s powerful and unique voice. Stewart messaged Lindsey back, giving the young singer a chance to help launch his music career. Soon after, the two collaborated forming Stewart Lindsey and the result is debut album Spitballin.’



The album came together as a long distance project and it seemed to bring them closer as they built a catalog of songs. Their common ground proved as lush as Delta marshland. Backed by STEWART’s distorted voodoo guitar licks, LINDSEY opens “Leave This Town” in free tempo and then a swampy groove kicks in--just guitar and drums, raw and wild. The first single (and video,) “Another Lie” features a haunting voice and melody and “Two People” unfolds over a stomping beat that leads to a long vamp over where Lindsey improvises with hair-raising intensity and finesse. Churchy echoes permeate in “When Dogs Run,” with a mournful organ providing the backdrop to STEWART’s Pop Staples-style guitar tremolo. “Alcohol” boils down to organ and LINDSEY’s voice recounting a riveting elegy for someone who was “lost to alcohol.”

Regardless of the inspiration, these songs and the others that comprise SPITBALLIN’ are at the very least unlike anything you’ve heard in recent years. Some of it stems from the different histories of these two artists. But even more might be attributed to where their temperaments intersect and ignite each others imaginations.


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