Monday, November 5, 2012

Xavier Rudd - Spirit Bird   -2012-
(Folk, Rock, Blues, Indigenous)

Shaped by his history but continuing to break new ground, Xavier Rudd is at his most creative on Spirit Bird once again painting breathtaking pictures with vivid, unmistakable tones. Hypnotic ceremonial rhythms ease effortlessly into tender folk songs. Gritty guitar blues sits perfectly alongside entrancing yidaki passages. Rudd's voice, and the voice of his ancestors, yet again bearing truth and knowledge. Led by the heart-warming "Follow The Sun," Spirit Bird weaves together Rudd's trademark mixture of blues, reggae, indigenous and folk music in new and familiar ways... at times recalling the simplicity of Solace, and at others the electricity of Dark Shades Of Blue. There is the youthfulness of To Let, but the wisdom of Koonyum Sun. It is Xavier Rudd by every measure.

Xavier Rudd - Spirit Bird

Xavier Rudd - Bow Down

Xavier Rudd - Follow The Sun   

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Angus Stone - Broken Brights  -2012-
(Folk, Rock, Acoustic)

Broken Brights marks a departure for Angus Stone, and not just from recording with his long-term musical co-conspirator Julia. For the past seven years, he’s been travelling the world as one half of brother-sister duo Angus & Julia Stone. Broken Brights, produced by Angus, is also proof that he can deftly shift between genres without compromising his signature sound. While title track "Broken Brights" is a return-to-form for Stone it's a nostalgic, dreamy tribute to our youth "Bird On the Buffalo" is a livelier composition, incorporating distorted guitar riffs. There is a story behind each track, which is pretty cool. Angus Stone is quickly becoming one of contemporary music’s most acclaimed, yet inherently enigmatic, young artists. What Angus Stone has captured in the recording process is this: memories and imaginings from his pilgrimage around the planet. What he says about going solo could easily sum up the experience of listening to Broken Brights: “It’s a whole different trip.”
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Angus Stone - Broken Brights

Angus Stone - Bird on the Buffalo

Angus Stone - Only A Woman

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chadwick Stokes - Simmerkane II  -2011-
(Rock, Folk, Reggae)

Chad Urmston aka Chadwick "Chicoree" Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio fame has a released this solo project which is inspired by Chad's train jumping adventures across the United States. The songs on Simmerkane II didn't quite fit musically with his other bands and we are the beneficiaries of that. Chad wrote this album to keep challenging himself creatively. Simmerkane II is a more accessible look at Chad Stokes and features album guests: Carly Simon, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), Matt Embree(The Rx Bandits), The White Buffalo and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Simmerkane II is an awesome album by one of the finest and busiest (thank the lord for that) talents in music.
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Chadwick Stokes - Adelaide

Chadwick Stokes - Black Bottle

Chadwick Stokes - All My Possessions (Ode to Troy)

Current Swell - Long Time Ago  -2012-
(Rock, Folk, Reggae)

Based in Victoria, B.C., Current Swell has been in the foreground of the "new roots" music front pushing out of Canada's west coast. Thanks in large part to constant touring with artists like Xavier Rudd, John Butler Trio, Dispatch and more, this independent band has developed a solid and ever growing fan base. Their newest effort Long Time Ago is a chill, hit-filled album. There are no filler songs on this one folks. Beautiful harmonies, tight instrumentation and some real nice song writing make Long Time Ago a Folk-Rock winner. The blues and reggae influence of their earlier recordings has really transformed into all the great things associated with folk & rock music. This is growth.Current Swell is a true up and comer and if you get a chance to see them live don't miss it.
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Current Swell - Too Cold

Current Swell - Brad's Song

Current Swell - Honest Man