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  • Karine Polwart

    Karine Polwart – This Earthly Spell

    This Scottish philosopher come talented folk artist first caught my attention back in March 2008, she was featured on the now sadly discontinued HMV Choice magazine (March 08 issue).

    Having earned a Masters in Philosophical Enquiry at Glasgow Karine Polwart’s writing certainly covers many of life’s great topics, with a beautiful poetic intelligence her lyrics often delve into worldly arguments and dark matters, ranging from the physical, the emotional, questions of the heart and those of the metaphysical.

    Karine has been around since the late 90s Folk boom, with a background in music she first followed an academic path in philosophy, with her first solo album release Faultlines in 2003. My first album purchase was of This Earthly Spell – Karine’s follow up album to Scribbled In Chalk. The album is a beautifully delicate mixture of traditional songs featuring a simple collaboration of only 2 to 3 musicians, keeping the sound folky and crisp. Her elegant vocals, those expressive Scottish inflections and her country jazz flavours produce wonderfully elegant songs that carry the thought provoking lyrics straight to the soul.

    What is unique to Karine’s song writing is her method of combining dark, often depressing themes, with an angelic uplifting voice, she constantly weaves opposites together in her material. Her writing plays with contradiction to produce beautifully lyrical metaphor and oxymoron.   The end result is a humbling journey of hope and morality in the face of conflict and trail. After her academic studies she became a philosophy tutor, and in a way her lessons continue today through her music.

    Useful Related Links:

    Karine Polwart – This Earthly Spell

    Malinky – Scotlands Finest Folksong Group (Karine Polwart joined the group as lead singer between 1998 and 2005)


  • Rachel Sermanni

    Rachel Sermanni – Under Mountains

    During my exploration on Half Moon Run I decided to check out their video Full Circle – played live for the Mahogany Sessions.  Within the suggested videos section was an interesting titled song – Marshmallow Unicorn played by Rachel Sermanni  – somebody I had not, at the time, encountered.

    Rachel Sermanni

    I was instantly captivated with her velvety vocals and her intricately layered emotional inflections, the video itself sees her sitting on a busy street (images of Brighton Lanes came to mind), delivering a beautiful poetic piece accompanied with soft acoustic guitar. Her delivery is dreamy, almost introspective, her vocal delicacy is beautiful, with haunting romantic whispering and heart felt rhythm.  – It terms of genre she falls within the folk fairy-tale flavour, a space well known to the likes of Emiliana Torrini and Karine Polwart.

    Useful Related Links:

    * Rachel Sermanni home (good place for tour and venue dates – she is a busy busy lass)

    * Folk Radio UK review (featuring some free track samples)

    * YouTube home of the Mahogany Sessions

     


  • Think Floyd 2014

    Think Floyd – live at the Lighthouse Theatre Kettering.

    There are many bands out there who have gained fame by keeping Pink Floyd’s material alive but few are as well produced, talented and in-sync with the material as Think Floyd. Their own renditions and subtle twists and contributions to the well known  tracks are beautifully delivered.

    I was blown away by this evenings session and awed by their choice of old and new Floyd titles, they have been on the scene for 20 years now and well worth checking out – www.thinkfloyd.net follow them on facebook

    Think Floyd live at the Kettering Lighthouse Theatre 2014
    Think Floyd live at the Kettering Lighthouse Theatre 2014

  • Featured (psychedelic) Band 2014

    Temples – Sun Structures

    Ok I may be behind the times somewhat when it comes to music disc-overy and I did hear rumours of their live (November 2013) Kettering HMV session, but because of (at the time) work commitments I never got round to listening to them, however recently I have revisited my “to do” listening list and have been quite literally blown wide open with amazement – why oh why did I miss such a rare occurrence. The Temples are now my psychedelic number one for 2014. (more details to come)


  • Emily Maguire – Keep Walking

    I am not entirely sure how I discovered this artist, but I remember reading about her, there was a lovely story about her – living in a small wooden hut somewhere in the outback of Australia just in tranquillity writing songs and being at peace. It took me a long time to acquire this album and I have been unable to get her other albums (having only 2 or three), I found it hard to find her works in typical mass-music shops such as HMV and landed up purchasing through Amazon. It’s a melodic mixture of folky warmth, beautiful acoustics, and haunting emotive vocals.
    Other titles include:

    Emily Maguire – Keep Walking 2007 (featured)

    Emily Maguire – Stranger Place 2008

    Emily Maguire – Bird Inside A Cage 2013

     

    Related Posts:

    Emiliana Torrini – – Rachel Sermanni – – Karine Polwart

  • Featured Band 2014

    Half Moon Run

    – Dark Eyes album

    Sitting in my car ready to begin another uneventful day. My ears were greeted by a band named Half Moon Run – the track Full Circle. Without warning I was propelled down a rabbit hole of emotions and feelings. When a band can evoke spiritual stirrings, summon sympathy and shape a mood, I know I am onto a good thing. The band has an engrossing freshness, haunting and delightfully original and something entirely unexpected from typical chart radio one daytime airings. Suffice it to say that I was quick to “youtube” their works – subsequently resulting in my purchase of Dark Eyes album.

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