Have had a handful of EP’s and albums fall into my lap lately that fall somewhere on the periphery of my usual consumption, but each has a certain charm, the trio of favourites – one label supplied, one friend recommended and one stumbled upon have the common theme of a female vocal, if you’re after rock n roll check back at a later date, today we are in folk pop mode.
I love South West Wales it’s one of my favourite parts of the UK with it’s wonderful countryside and breath-taking coastline so it’s there I’ll start with an album released in the UK earlier this year and available Stateside via OK Good Records The Day We Ran Into The Sea is the debut full length from pop duo Paper Aeroplanes Richard Llewellyn and Sarah Howells who together prove that pop music exists outside of the mainstream.
Paper Aeroplanes – Lost
Next up a free offering from another male / female double act this time some folk from Minneapolis, Kay Gillette and Joseph Barker are collectively Bella Ruse, get the EP for free and if you like it get yourself a copy of the pairs new album due out soon and available at Bandcamp
Bella Ruse – Push On
Last but not least, crossing back over the Atlantic to Sweden, another freebie for you from talented singer/songwriter Emilie Lund, her five track EP can be yours for free here, if you like it a limited number of CD’s are available to buy here.
Emilie Lund – Sad Blue Mountain
Michelle Anthony has released her third full length album Tornadoes, easy on the ears it combines Michelle’s empathetic vocals and writing with several tracks inspired by the birth of her son.
“I wrote ‘Permanent’ for him. I was pretty scared during the first months of my son’s life. I was so worried I wouldn’t be here for him. I wanted to leave him something more meaningful than material things for him to remember me by. I wanted him to have my voice and words, should he ever need them, so I left him a song. I’d never really focused much on writing in a positive light, probably because I thought it would sound silly or forced. On this record, I wrote more autobiographically and if I felt amazingly happy, rather than doubt it, I just went with it.”
For Tornadoes Anthony has enlisted some quality support in the form of drummer John Chipman (Band of Heathens), guitarist Grant Tye (Robbie Fulks), Anthony also plays keyboards with The Silos when they perform in Austin and featured on their recent album.
Michelle Anthony – Permanent
Michelle Anthony – Vacancy