Sheffield singer-songwriter Nat Johnson has released her debut album, well mini-album or EP is more accurate as the recording is but seven tracks long, seven tracks of the highest quality – writing, playing and production coming together to create a rather wonderful offering of understated melodic melancholia.
Sometimes albums seem to perfectly to their release dates, from a purely personally perspective this one fits that modus operandi dropping into that transitional time, as the days ebb towards the winter solstice my thoughts and feelings err towards introspection and this is the kind of album that I can happily spend the evening with in thoughtful contemplation, the words and music encouraging the process, definitely Nat’s best work to date and highly recommended – take a trip over to the Mouth Magazine to hear all about the album in Nat’s own words.
Jan 29th Manchester, Takk
Jan 30th Nottingham, Lee Rosy’s Tea Shop
Feb 3rd Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
Feb 4th Cardiff, Gwdihw
Feb 5th London, The Finsbury
Feb 6th Sheffield, The Greystones
Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Annie Keating will release her latest album Make Believing in mid-January, as a fan of Annie’s own brand of Americana for a number of years I signed-up for the Pledge pre-order some time ago and have being enjoying the recording for a few weeks now and thought it time I shared a few thoughts about the release with you.
Make Believing is album number six for Annie who’s body of work has grown stronger with each release and the latest collection of eleven original songs showcases her ability to craft songs of depth and beauty with a timeless element that flow so easily into the sub-conscious, planting thoughts and feelings that stay with the listener – perhaps exemplified by the albums closing track and arguably best one If You Want To Fly .
Primarily an acoustic one the album was recorded at Atomic Sound a studio housed in a Fire House in Red Hook, Brooklyn located just a few miles away from Annie’s home. The larger part of the album was recorded over a long weekend with support from Trina Hamlin (harmonica, vocals & percussion), Chris Tarrow (guitars & pedal steel), Chris Benelli (drums) and Jason Mercer (bass & banjo), then completed with a short studio session featuring guests the Abrams Brothers adding some extra roots to the mix with mandolin / fiddle, and Matt Keating playing organ / piano on a trio of tracks to complete the album.
I have an extra copy of the album on CD in my possession that I’d like to give away to a lucky reader, for a chance to win drop up an email using this link and answer this question – name the iconic location featured in the albums cover artwork, will keep it open for a couple of weeks and mail out the winning entry selected at random and get it to you in time (hopefully) for Christmas – competition only open to UK / Europe entries – apologies to the ROW.