Jerusalem born singer-songwriter Avital Raz has released her fifth album, The Believer on Sotones Records, the album follows on last years release Infidelity that was ‘discovery’ and surprise package for me, this new eight-track release is a collaboration with cellist and arranger Pete Harvey who Raz met in Edinburgh while on tour and is another inventive and engaging collection of original material that defies commercial restrictions and encapsulates the artists freedom, the album includes a slightly controversial track The Edinburgh Surprise “a brave and raw account of a night of drunken sex that transgresses political, ethnic and moral boundary lines” – here’s Avital on the song (which I should point out carries a NSFW tag).
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Really enjoying this album from Bronwynne Brent a Mississippi Delta born singer-songwriter who currently splits her time between Greenville, MS and Austin, TX, Stardust is Bronwynne’s second album (her debut Deep Black Water was released in 2011) and features a dozen self-penned songs that showcase Bronwynne’s wonderful vocal which walks the line somewhere between an R’n'B chanteuse and Southern Americana belle – wonderfully emotive with detailed phrasing that really brings her words to life and perfectly fits the essence and themes of the songs, of broken hearts, disappointment, loss and betrayal “I don’t set out to write dark love songs…but I do like a minor key!” – it is after all in the sadness where the real beauty lies.
Bronwynne Brent – The Mirror
The album is out in the UK now and plans are afoot for a tour of the UK and Ireland later this year and into next, Stardust was produced by Johnny Sangster who also plays electric guitar on the album and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Jon Langford, Old 97′s) also guests on several tracks playing playing dobro, banjo and pedal steel.
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