Gianna Lauren – On Personhood


Gianna Lauren – On Personhood (Forward Music Group, 2013)

Back to 2013 for a second, because I didn’t find this back then. Canadian label Forward Music Group is one of my favourites and a few of their releases appeared on my end-of-the-year list. This one didn’t, but it might have if I had heard it in time. Gianna Lauren is a Halifax-based singer-songwriter and her latest album On Personhood came out in april 2013. The opening track Trouble sounds a bit like Laura Veirs to me. Which I count as a good thing, because I love Laura (especially July Flame and Carbon Glacier). The rest of On Personhood doesn’t remind me of Laura, but it does sound equally good and addictive. On Personhood is a very strong release. Here are few samples. The already-mentioned Trouble and Anchor Down.


Gianna Lauren Website

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Swaying Wires – Fear Of Flying & Pelotons – Burrows


Finnish Swaying Wires signed a record deal with UK-based Battle Worldwide Recordings last year and their debut full-length Some Blue Sky will be released on 17th of March, 2014. This excellent digital single Fear Of Flying already came out few weeks ago. I look forward to the whole album. Record release party will be held at Dynamo, Turku on 21st of March.

Swaying Wires Website


I briefly wrote about Pelotons late last year, but I think writing the end-of-the-year lists kind of got in the way and I never mentioned the release of their beautiful Burrows EP. The members of Pelotons are Finnish Tina Kärkinen (Swaying Wires) and English Michael Gale (Co-Pilgrim). Their beautiful folk EP came out in December on Battle Wordwide Recordings. This is the title track Burrows.

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Video of the Day #145: St. Paul & the Broken Bones


This blog needs some SOUL and Paul Janeway is the right man to provide it. St. Paul & The Broken Bones from Alabama just released an album called Half The City about a week ago. That thing hasn’t reached Finland yet, so for the time being I will settle for youtube videos (I obviously need need need the album as well. So I have some shopping to do later on). There are a lot of great performances. Ourvinyl’s video for the song Call Me is one of those great ones. Paul is the main guy here, but because I have a lot friends who are Jason Isbell fans, it’s worth mentioning that former 400 Unit guitarist Browan Lollar plays in this band these days. Hopefully we’ll get some new solo Browan in the future as well. I was just listening to his solo EP last week an still enjoyed it a lot. Cars is such a good song. Almost like power pop and I love that. But anyway, this is St. Paul & The Broken Bones. They seem to have a bit of hype surrounding them at the moment and rightfully so. The album Half The City is now out on Single Lock Records. This is Call Me.

St.Paul & The Broken Bones Website

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