Album: Wild Beasts – Smother

Wild Beasts, possibly the most exciting band to emerge from the British music scene over the last decade, have been criticised for being preposterous and overblown, and for taking themselves too seriously. As they open up their coruscating third album…

Album: Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain

Any fan knows that Emmylou Harris’ voice is as unmistakable as your own best friend. It is a kind of melodic breathing – soft, guttural, with whispered high notes and mournful, complex depths. This album shows that, after all these…

Liam Dullaghan

After making a crazy jazz album with The Havenots, Liam has gone solo to create a successful collection of demos and a whole debut album (recorded over two years in his pal’s living room).  The panel dropped by to give…

EP: Cashier No. 9 – Goldstar

Cashier No 9 is, we’re pretty sure, a terrible name for a band. But luckily for them, that’s where the terribleness stops. The Goldstar EP will mark the end of their obscurity, serving as it does as their final self-released…

Gill Sandell

Accordion and flute player Gill Sandell has been part of many bands – many of whom have contributed to this labour-of-love debut album – so our panel jumped in to see if it was worth the wait… James Rutherford: I never…

Festival review: Honeyfest

There’s a new contender for the UK’s loveliest small festival. Honeyfest was organised after villiagers in the Wiltshire town of Pewsey were given lottery funding to take over the running of their local pub, The Barge Inn. As well as…

Album: Alela Diane & Wild Divine

Filigree-wearing femmes, gun-toters and life stories in three minutes are staples of country music that FFS adores, and Alela Diane’s third studio album has served to deepen our adoration.  As if we needed any help. Her rich, clear vocals are like…

Album: Eliza Carthy – Neptune

For those young adults (like myself) who grew up listening to traditional folk music it feels quite surreal, even disarmingly uncomfortable, to have to weave into an Eliza Carthy review a brief description of the artist herself, of where she…