Review: The Fervor – Nightfall in the Kali Yuga

After a five year period of radio silence (barring a re-release), The Fervor are back with a three track EP of Americana goodness. Nightfall in the Kali Yuga is a quick drive through the blue tinted fields, a static buzz far in the distance, signalling a change. And that change comes in the shape of an EP. ‘Sweet Thing’, a song that combines a rock rhythm with lyrics akin … Continue reading Review: The Fervor – Nightfall in the Kali Yuga

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The Lost Gem: Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat

Ten years ago, I was driving through the barren highways of northern Nuevo León, taking GPS points for an environmental study. My companions were another environmental scientist and a bunch of mix cds that curiously had Rilo Kiley‘s ‘The good that won’t come out’ in each of them. I confess without regret: I have an obsession with this track. On the last day of field sampling, staring … Continue reading The Lost Gem: Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat

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Review: The Ravenna Colt – Terminal Current

I’ve always equated country (and to some degree, Americana) as a never-ending search for a peace of mind that might never appear. The sweet and dark wail of pedal steels conjure the images of dreaming to reach that goal. So why look for a peace of mind that will never happen? Because the landscapes are beautiful, son. And that’s the other part of Americana that … Continue reading Review: The Ravenna Colt – Terminal Current

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Review: The Fervor – Bleeder

Back when Arise, Great Warrior came out in 2011, the short album felt like an epic tale of dark Gothic Americana songs mixing the sound of seedy dive bars and supernatural tales from the deep South. With Bleeder, the storytelling feels more nuanced, so what once were strokes of ocher and dark yellow are now shades of aquamarine with emerald green brushstrokes. This subtlety is … Continue reading Review: The Fervor – Bleeder

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Interview – Emma Swift

A couple of years ago, while I still lived in Sheffield, I serendipitously ran into Emma Swift. She was living in Nashville but was from Sydney. Heard her music, mostly Americana based, and found a sort of kindred spirit: a stranger in a strangeland, doing something close to the heart. Flash forward a few years, a few singles and now a lovely mini-album (our review) and … Continue reading Interview – Emma Swift

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Band of the week – The Payroll Union

  History can be a tricky thing. It’s often referenced as “being written by the winners” but that ol’ bit of homespun knowledge overlooks how there’s always something more, a b-side to history’s greatest single. This is where the dark, American Gothic sounds of The Payroll Union come into play. The band’s history is akin to a travelling troupe that changes members during the first years of … Continue reading Band of the week – The Payroll Union

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Interview – Actual Wolf

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A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.

30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.

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