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Milky Wimpshake – Heart and Soul in the Milky Way (2013)

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milNearly 20 years since releasing their first cassette album, Milky Wimpshake unveil their fifth ‘proper’ album Heart And Soul In The Milky Way, due out on Fortuna POP! in February 2013. Recorded in a single day, it consists of 15 more songs from the pop/punk chocolate assortment box which the band have raided for so many years: love songs, silly songs, songs about obsolete items of stationary and such like, all set to a basic guitar buzz and kick drum combo. The album bristles with spontaneous excitement due to the success of the live recording with no overdubs, giving Heart And Soul In The Milky Way a much rawer, yet fresher feel than their previous albums, with the likes of “Worthless Person” veering towards Billy Childish garage rock territory. Milky Wimpshake have produced the strongest set of songs of their career from the subterranean homesick opener ‘Chemical Spray’, with its arbitrary rhymes and taking-the-piss guitar break, the innuendo-laden ‘On Top’, full of maudlin indie-pop melodicism and the closing duet ‘Without You’ which covers the same theme as six million other songs and yet still manages to raise a smile. While the majority of the album features compositions by frontman Pete Dale (also head of the legendary indie label Slampt), there are two covers, including a punked-up version of ‘Lah-Di-Dah’, a song by Jake Thackray, a singer-songwriter who had some success in the 1960s and 70s with often-lewd lyrics which he used to croon with wonderfully tired eyes. There is also a version of ‘Omnia Mea Mecum Porto’ by North East underground group Les Cox (Sportifs). The song’s title means ‘everything I own goes where I go’ and contains hilarious lyrics about the anxiety of an impending day’s work. Milky Wimpshake isn’t the kind of band which expects to sell out big venues, top the charts or get chased by screaming fans: it’s simple music, with simple sentiments for folk smart enough to see that sometimes simplicity works like a charm.

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Daniel Pearson – Mercury State (2012)

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danielLeeds based singer-songwriter Daniel Pearson has a certain English charm that throughout his second album on the recession, which while not being the most uplifting listen, grows and endears itself on you with each spin. He really raised the bar and quality levels with an exceptional debut. ‘Satellites’ had all his influences from Dylan and Springsteen to Ryan Adams packed in across a set of timeless classics, so ‘Mercury State’ has a lot to live up to. There is plenty to enjoy here, and although the tracks are not as immediately punchy as his debut, there is the familiar warmth of his strong vocal talent. ‘I Still Believe’ is as beautiful and tender a song as you’ll hear all year reminiscent of Scott Matthews, ‘Hard Times’ is a rousing bruiser, album highlight ‘All Is Not Lost’ is achingly perfect and ‘Medication’ his most angst-ridden yet. While, not a patch on his first record, Daniel Pearson continues his appointed role as one of the most promising and underrated singer-songwriters in the UK and will soon be playing to the masses.

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Maddy Prior with Hannah James and Giles Lewin – 3 for Joy (2012)

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madA true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her long career on exploring various musical avenues. 3 For Joy is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that Maddy loves so much alongside two musical partners. Together with Giles Lewin of the Carnival Band and accordion player Hannah James, the singer crafted an album that sits perfectly within her canon. There are elements that stretch back to her very first recordings with Tim Hart and others that are completely new. As ever, the material on the record reflects Maddy’s passion for seeking out new sources and inspiration.

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Caravan – In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) [2011, 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

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To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the release of Caravan’s In The Land Of Grey And Pink, Universal is pleased to announce a special  deluxe edition of the album. Disc One features the original album newly remastered by Paschal Byrne at The Audio Archive plus three new Stereo mixes by Steven Wilson. Disc Two features […]

Beach Boys – Shut Down 2 (Mono & Stereo Remasters) (2012)

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Tracks: 01. Fun, Fun, Fun (Mono) [2012 – Remaster] (2:18) 02. Don’t Worry Baby (Mono) [2012 – Remaster] (2:48) 03. In The Parkin’ Lot (Mono) [2012 – Remaster] (1:59) 04. Cassius Love Vs. Sonny Wilson (Mono) [2012 – Remaster] (3:30) 05. The Warmth Of The Sun (Mono) [2012 – Remaster] (2:51) 06. This Car Of […]

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What The Brothers Sang (2013)

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Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are no strangers to collaboration, and now they’ve announced the completion of a brand new album inspired by The Everly Brothers. The collection of songs are retooled for today’s listeners while still remaining faithful to the brothers’ vision. “Their harmonies are in the tradition, but they are their own, […]