Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant

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This new Robert Ellis album The Lights From The Chemical Plant has been one of my favourites early in the year. The fans of classic country and folk music will probably struggle a bit, because it’s lighter and at times almost like a pop album. There’s something for everyone though, because it’s rather varied in style. Thankfully it still manages to sound cohesive. A couple of the songs drag on a little too long for my liking, but it’s not a big issue. Good song is still a good song even if it is a bit too long.

I really get lost in Robert’s voice. The vocals (and the whole record as well) always sound so warm that I’m probably smiling even when he is trying to break my heart. At best this is like the modern version of the warm, melodic and beautiful American pop-tinged folk music of the 70s. There are a few songs I’m not a big fan of (Bottle Of Wine, Sing Along), but at least 3/4 of this album is wonderful. This is one of my favourites and it’s called Pride. In the beginning I always picture Ville Leinonen entering the scene with his soft voice.


 
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Josh Harty & John Statz – 12 August

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John Statz is one of the folk troubadours that I’ve been following closely for several years. His latest release is a duo album with another really good singer-songwriter Josh Harty. The album called 12 August came out on Money Wolf Music on 18th of February. It’s very bare and intimate. It was recorded live without overdubs or edits, but it still sounds richer than all those overproduced albums. The song and the musicianship is what matters. This is World of War from 12 August

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Album of the Month: Gudrid Hansdottir – Taking Ship

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The month is almost over and I haven’t selected the album of the month. Of course I selected it a few weeks ago in my heart, but I’ve just waited and waited for the right time to write about it. It happens to me. I push aside albums that really matter in hope that one day I actually have the energy and time to write something meaningful about them. In the end, that time never comes and I realise the album I really cared for haven’t even gotten a mention on this blog. So if I haven’t mentioned your album, there’s two possibilities a) I don’t like it b) I like it too much.

Gudrid Hansdottir’s new album or mini-album Taking Ship falls into that b category. This faroese singer/songwriter has released a wonderful album that is easily worth that Album of the Month spot. I’m not sure is it her finest album, because the previous album Beyond the Grey was also very impressive. But Taking Ship is a dazzlingly beautiful album that contains seven wonderful songs. All of them have been favourites at some point, but lately the songs I love the most have been I Had In Mind To Stay (that reminds me of Frida Hyvönen) and that awesome You Blossom Like A Flower duet with Ochre Room’s Lauri Myllymäki. It’s all gorgeous though and this amazing little record works best as a complete work of art. This is the title track Taking Ship.


 
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