Shred Kelly: The songs typically start on the folk side of things and build to a frenzy

Canadian folk-rock four-piece Shred Kelly will release their most ambitious project yet in their fourth album, Archipelago, today. The collaborative song-writing and influences of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert and Ty West has resulted in a compilation of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs to make Archipelago.
The band spoke with The Fountain about what we can expect from this record as well as their favourite gig to date.

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Review: Connan Mockasin – Jassbusters Rating 68%

Review: Connan Mockasin – Jassbusters

It has been five years since the release of Caramel on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Records and Connan Mockasin is at it again, releasing the much-anticipated Jassbusters, but that’s not all he has been working on. Having created the melodrama, Bostyn ‘n Dobsyn, he is evidently demonstrating his filmmaking capability, as well as the song-writing and performing. Having acquired great acclaim for his previous work it is always exciting to hear of a new release and my intrigue got the better of me, I was keen to hear this one.

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Review: Seasick Steve – Can U Cook? Rating 76%

Review: Seasick Steve – Can U Cook?

The unusually titled Can U Cook? is the ninth studio album and title track of Seasick Steve’s most recent release. I vaguely recall his debut, Cheap in 2004 which scares me, nine albums in. Can U Cook? sees Steve serve up his experience amidst dirty guitars, big drums and a gnarly vocal and is out via BMG, a fine new release from the Americana-Blues musician.

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Review: Karine Polwart – Laws Of Motion Rating 95%

Review: Karine Polwart – Laws Of Motion

For her seventh solo album, Laws Of Motion, Karine Polwart has produced another captivating and absorbing combination of music, storytelling and insightful commentary on a wide range of universal themes and issues. Assisted by regular collaborators, Inge Thomson on accordion, percussion and vocals and brother Steven Polwart on guitar, piano, percussion and backing vocals, Karine Polwart has delivered a collection of songs of rare excellence, with a series of imaginative, ambient soundscapes providing the backdrop to her poetic, evocative and uncompromising lyrics.

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Review: They Might Be Giants Rating 85%

Review: They Might Be Giants

From the outset, if we can agree to refer to They Might Be Giants as ‘TMBG’ then it would be as tight, efficient, slick and punchy as the band’s stage show. Tonight they are warmly welcomed by a fanatical following who sadly only half-fill Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall. Therein we are treated to two sets; “an hour of the songs you love and later some more of the ones you hate…followed by a blues jam until everyone leaves”.

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Brocker Way: These tracks leaned more towards the landscape of the series

The original soundtrack by Los Angeles based composer, Brocker Way, to hit Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country was recently released via Western Vinyl. Making it an entity of its own as well as killing the arrogance in the series, Brocker Way has successfully pulled off this ambitious task.
He spoke with The Fountain about scoring the series as well as whether we can look forward to live gigging of these scores.

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National Album Day – Our Favourites

Today is the very first National Album Day, whereby the nation is invited to play at precisely 3:33pm sit back and listen to their favourite album in full. As such we decided to take a retrospective trip into our favourite albums, which on the whole has an air of nostalgia.

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Christian Hardy: The Spree is the first date in a short UK run

Ivor-Novello nominated folk band, The Leisure Society, are performing at this year’s Spree Festival in the heart of Paisley, along with the Duke Special next week, and will be treating us to some of their new tracks as well as their old. 

Christian Hardy who plays keyboard for the band spoke to The Fountain about what we are likely to expect from their fifth release and their love of performing to a Scottish crowd.

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