Roxanne’s excellent debut album The Real Thing got a shout out on Beat Surrender last year, now she’s back with a new EP on Hidden Trail Records that will be released on September 22nd and will embark on a six day Seeing You tour of England to promote the EP including, on the 12th, an appearance at Americana UK’s Acoustic Dustbowl in Liverpool. Seeing You features four original songs penned by Roxanne, the writing is excellent and the production (by Ben Walker -more on his new album collaboration soon) deftly handled to allow Roxanne’s gorgeous vocal to take centre stage.
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Not one to shy away from the cathartic process of songwriting Mary Gauthier’s previous studio release (featured on Beat Surrender here) dealt with her troubled upbringing as a foundling, this time the album takes the listeners on a journey through relationship breakdown with Mary once again laying bare her soul and taking the listener on an intimidate and heartbreaking journey exploring her loss, pain and sadness during a very difficult period in her life.
The album doesn’t pretend or hide behind any complex metaphors it’s a direct affair personified by opening track When A Woman Goes Cold which sets the albums tone, it’s not the easiest song set to sit and listen to – the subject matter, the minimalist arrangements and the pain in the voice make it so, but ultimately it’s worthwhile and rewarding and if you can hang in there then there’s hope to be found in the last third of the album (though there’s a sense here for me, that Mary is not fully convinced by her own redemptive words).
This is the first album Mary has produced herself and its was written and recorded live in a single take with help from Gretchen Peters (co-write on How You Learn to Live Alone, Guthrie Trapp (guitar), Jimmy Wallace (keys) ,Viktor Krauss (bass), Lynn Williams (drums) and vocal contributions from Beth Nielsen Chapman, Darrell Scott, Siobhan Kennedy Ashley Cleveland and The McCrary Sisters
I think songs heal. They’re a form of spiritual medicine, and they create a connection between people. The connection does something that is needed by both the songwriter and the listener. It’s like when you cut yourself, all these mechanisms in your body race to the wound and begin healing it. There’s something about songwriting that does that same thing in a spiritual, emotional way.” Source
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Places We’ve Roamed is the new single from Leeds based five-piece Dancing Years, the single is out on the 7th of July and is double A-side single which will be available digitally and on 7” vinyl through Leeds based independent label Hide & Seek.
Dancing Years are:
David Henshaw (vocals), Joseph Lawrenson (piano), Dan Fielding (electric guitar), Dominic Butler (violin) & Joe Montague (drums).
Upcoming Live Dates:
7 – London, The Roundhouse (The Studio Theatre) (Single Launch)
11 – Cheltenham, 2000 Trees Festival
27 – Nürnberg, Folk im Park
9 – Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival
10 – Yorkshire Dales, Beacons Festival
November 2014 (Boy And Bear tour)
4 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
5 – Edinburgh, The Electric Circus
6 – Gorilla, Manchester
7 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
9 – Dublin, Whelans
11 – Liverpool, Leaf
12 – Ashford, Anson Rooms
13 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
14 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empirw
16 – Oxford, Academy 2
17 – Ashford, St Mary’s Church
18 – Portsmouth, The Wedgewood Rooms
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