Author: Mark Buckley

Album | Hushman – Hushman

“I am not from a family of tradition bearers, but my forebears hail from all over the British Isles and music is in my bones. I think song is a great medium to tell a story and it’s an amazing…

Album | Eliza Carthy & The Restitution – Queen of the Whirl

“Music is mathematics. You can actually learn about the science of how arpeggios affect your nervous system. Music is so undervalued. It can be life-changing.” – Eliza Carthy To be honest, if you’re reading this review on For Folk’s Sake,…

Album | Native Harrow – Old Kind of Magic

In the first few days of 2021, the two-piece London band Native Harrow – Stephen harms and Devin Tuel – moved to Brighton, on the south coast of England, living at the top of a crumbling, regency building and decided…

EP | Josienne Clarke – Now & Then

Surprises come in many forms, but none in any finer or more beautiful shape than this release by Josienne Clarke. Recorded as a stop gap between last year’s amazing A Small Unknowable Thing and its companion EP I Promised You…

Album | Lambchop – The Bible

On the ‘His Song Is Sung’, the opening track of Lambchop’s new album The Bible, the listener is eased in with plaintive piano and orchestration before Kurt Wagner’s voice cracks through warmly – ‘In the spring the view was better/And…

Album | Laura Veirs – Found Light

It’s time to forget all that’s gone before. Whether you’re aware of Laura Veirs already or not, this album deserves approaching with open ears and a fresh outlook. An outlook which Veirs herself has begun working with in recent years. Her last album,…

Album | Maz O’Connor – What I Wanted

“They bought up all the old streets / And they priced out all the old queens / Tore the party down / And put up a burger joint.” On the surface, the above lyrics are an obvious homage to ‘Big…

Album | Greenness – Sunrooms

“Sunrooms (in part) follows our personal story travelling across France and the UK on a quest for a place to call home, trying to find the spark of everyday magic and hoping for human progress.” The words of singer Cess…

Album | Midlake – For The Sake of Bethel Woods

We all know the old saying “never judge a book by its cover” but does the same extend to albums? A lot of us play music these days through streaming services and probably don’t pay too much attention to album…