Late to the party I was introduced to Paper Aeroplanes by an email from OK Good Records in the US and although the music is on the periphery of my usual diet I couldn’t help but be drawn in by Sarah Howell’s vocals, in fact after getting hold of all of the previous EP’s and album I’m convinced she could sing the telephone directory and still keep me onside, so I was quick to get my hands on the bands latest seven track EP We Are Ghosts – in the UK cut out the middle man and buy direct from the band here
If you fancy a coffee and piece of cake and live near one these establishments you can get a free CD when you spend a £ 10 (more info at the bands website)
Sarah solo covering a Welsh legend (and Elvis) on Green Green Grass of Home, almost makes me want cross the border a few miles down the road and relinquish my English birth rite.
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 RecordsThe 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.
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
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.
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.
I first came across this artist through a Daytrotter Session and enjoyed what was offer so I was more than willing to oblige when I was sent a CD copy of the bands first full length release, the album was fan funded through Kickstarteran increasing popular way of artists getting their music from a live setting to CD / Vinyl and a great idea.
April Smith has the kind of voice that’s so lush and feisty it’s got to be the star of the show and its around her vocal that this eleven track début is built, tales of love lost and found, of jealousy and secrets, of love unrequited, the support comes from the excellent Great Picture Show featuring Steve Purpure on Bass, Marty O’Kane on lead guitar, Brandon Lowry on keys and Elliot Jacobson on drums and percussion – there’s a host of additional players on the album adding, brass, strings, ukulele and accordion too.
The album kicks of with an infectious hand clap adorned number which sets the listener up nicely for a ride through its retro cabaret pop selection box.
For those lazy summer evening wind downs may I recommend the combined talents of Amber Nash (vocals, ukulele) and Jordan Neff (vocals, guitar), their seven track release of all original material is a relaxed and mellow folk-pop collection , recorded in a spare room at their home self-titled and released the EP’s simple melodies are adorned with some clever touches including brief cameos for harmonica and trumpet. Kick back relax and let the sweet vocals rinse away the days stress.