Category: Records

Album | The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient

Slave ambient is a very appropriate name for this album full of, well, ambient guitars. Coupled with Adam Granduciel’s vocals, reminiscent of many a country singer, it makes for a very interesting if slightly confused album. Every songs seems different…

EP | Florian Lunaire – Spring and Summer

Florian Lunaire is releasing a series of EPs based on the four seasons with each one being recorded in a different location in accordance to the time of year. Autumn and Winter will come in due course but he has…

Album | I Break Horses – Hearts

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I Break Horses have been created by a fiendish group of artists simply to confound music critics and disprove our own, limited art. As an explanation, here are the facts about the…

Album | Fruit Bats – Tripper

Like a lot of the folk revival album of the last decade, Tripper sounds very 1970s. It’s gentle, toe-tapping pace, its use of twinkling and sweeping major chords and warm pianos, is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac or Crosby, Stills, Nash…

Album | The Fruit Tree Foundation – First Edition

It’s hard to make a good indie rock album. Harder still if you’re a band of mostly folk musicians plonked in a house together for only five days. And yet, here on this splendid fourteen track album, First Edition, Scottish…

Album | Rachael Dadd – Bite The Mountain

I first became aware of Rachael Dadd last year, when she visited York alongside close friend, regular touring partner and FFS favourite Alessi’s Ark and the pair captivated a fairly large crowd in a very small venue. This is, of…

Album | Musikanto – Sky of Dresses

Chicago’s Mike ‘Musikanto’ is creating something of a ripple. Music writers are drawing similarities between his intimate, delicate, songs and the work of such greats as Ryan Adams, Van Morrison and the deity that is Bob Dylan. Well, in the…

Album | Widowspeak – Widowspeak

Widowspeak may have a death-laden name, but the opening track on their eponymous debut, ‘Puritan’, is one of the sunniest songs on the album, with a surfing edge and casually sweet vocals, so that the grungy guitar of ‘Harsh Realm’…

Album | The Wood Brothers – Smoke Ring Halo

It’s best to start at the end when considering the Wood Brothers’ Smoke Ring Halo, as its final track is breathtaking. ‘Blue and Green’ is crisp, clean, and frankly as close to perfect as I have heard in recent history.…