Category Archives: Folk-pop

Reichenbach Falls – The Traitor Shore

thetraitorshoreI recall making references to the seasons on the previous album (Reports of Snow) from the Oxford based musical collaborative Reichenbach Falls who are fronted by Abe Davies (vocals & acoustic guitar) and Jamie Cooper  (electric guitar).

Well it seems once again appropriate to touch on the seasonal mood and whether deliberate or not the album release, it’s out on September the 14th,  fits perfectly with the recording that plays out like the last days of summer in a beautiful sad way, the majority of the songs presenting themselves like a landscape in soft focus, frayed lead-vocals are accentuated against the nuanced arrangements and the track sequencing works perfectly creating an album that will stay with the long long after the summer fades.

Pre-order the album now via Bandcamp.

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Sound & Vision – Little May + Euro Tour Dates Oct 2015

Monday 5th, Louisiana, Bristol England
Tuesday 6th, Bush Hall, London England
Thursday 8th, Gulliver’s, Manchester England
Saturday 10th, Brudnell Social Club, Leeds England
Sunday 11th, King Tut’s, Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday 13th, Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam Holland
Wednesday 14th, Pop Up du Label, Paris France
Thursday 15th, Blue Shell, Cologne Germany
Friday 16th, Botanique/Witloofbar, Brussels Belgium
Saturday 17th, Molotow Bar, Hamburg Germany
Sunday 18th, Privatclub, Berlin Germany

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Sarah MacDougall – Grand Canyon

Sarah MacDougall - 'Grand Canyon' - cover (300dpi)

Following a successful fan-funded project on Pledge, Canada-based, Swedish-born singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall will release her third album Grand Canyon on Rabbit Heart Records in the UK on the 14th of August, the album follows the award winning 2011 release The Greatest Ones Alive (featured here on Beat Surrender).

Since the release of The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has toured Canada and Europe extensively and will be back in the UK in November to tour her album that has being worked upon in the stolen time between touring and was recorded at the end of 2014 under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse, Yukon.

“The themes on the record are inspired by my own experiences, by people around me and the landscapes I am surrounded by. I worked part time in a residential home for youth at risk and their stories permeate this record as well. I get inspired by how much it takes to live an inspired life despite all the chaos and struggles around us. Sometimes it takes realising how small we all are to feel like you are big. Living around mountains and under dark starry skies can really put things in perspective. You realise what’s worth focusing on in this short life. We’re gonna be gone tomorrow. That is kind of what this album is about. And it’s also about dancing,despite of everything.”

In a departure from her previous albums the material widens the musical vista stepping sideways from the Americana influences with arrangements that combine Sarah’s distinct vocal and acoustic guitar playing with ‘heavier’ drums, strings, keyboards and synthesisers, it all works wonderfully well and should particularly appeal to fans of Beat Surrender favourites Paper Aeroplanes.

Sarah MacDougall (2015, #2, photo © GBP)

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Delta Bell – Bow Out of the Fading Light


Last year on Beat Surrender we featured a single from Brighton singer-songwriter Kate Gerrard a.k.a Delta Bell, well Bow Out of the Fading Light has being a little while coming – but definitely worth the wait and Kate’s debut album is all set for release on July 27th on At The Helm Records (Proper Distribution).

The 11-track offering delivers an original collection of thoughtful folk-pop, that combines pedal steel and harmonium imbued tunes, flecked with alt-country, gospel, classic 60s girl group stylings and all underpinned by Kate’s distinct mellifluous vocal; there’s a nod to genius songwriting of the late great Townes van Zandt too and though the album is influenced by elements of Americana it’s very much an British original that’s absorbs and deftly reworks the influences rather than making a reproduction.

Delta Bell – Phosphorus

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