Sunday
Apr132014

Reviews by Paul McGee

Sunday
Apr132014

Martin Lorentzson 'Together' - Self-Release

Eight songs in 30 minutes and enough quality to hint at greater success ahead for this Swedish singer-songwriter. With two previous, self-released CD’s, Together represents a step forward in that it was created while working with seven separate song-writers.

Produced by Carl Granberg, the overall sound is based in a folk/roots genre, but there are many nice soundscape touches in the arrangements to keep everything interesting and flowing in a positive direction. Some very nice harmony vocals by an unidentified female voice add a certain mystery and the restrained playing creates an atmospheric mood to the experience. Less is More.

Sunday
Apr132014

Jenai Huff 'Grace and Elbow Grease' - Self-Release

A 6 track release from singer-songwriter Jenai Huff which  follows on from her debut Transitions which appeared in 2012. The playing on this short set of songs is beautifully restrained and both Ben Wisch and Kevin Barry, on a variety of instruments, raise the performance level with understated accompaniment. The songs cover such topics as murder, personal relationships and rebirth, letting go of dreams and the temptation of strong attraction. Face your fears and do it anyway could be a motto for Jenai Huff as she sets down a marker for the future with strong song arrangements and a warm production

Sunday
Apr132014

Eastwick 'Beyond Reason'

This new release from Swedish band Eastwick comes with a strong country music sound. Up-tempo songs with a positive message of love couple with political statements about questioning our authority figures. So, we get titles such as Wrong Will be Right and Out With the Old which speak of the need to push ahead with change. Personal growth and reflection are covered in songs I Will Stand and Part of the Deal.

Up For the Ride has hit song written all over it and the full sound and harmonies across many of the tracks are perfectly balanced by the excellent playing, with both cello and fiddle featuring prominently. The quiet resignation of Right Here is balanced by the optimistic wish for love on Closer. With these five musicians on top of their game the strength of this release is self-evident

Sunday
Apr132014

Mason Summit 'Absentee' - Self-Release

A debut release by a young performer, aged seventeen, from Los Angeles. Mason Summit has a maturity beyond his years and has attracted some very experienced musicians to fill out the sound and complement his pleasant voice.

The twelve songs here have a light touch in their arrangement, with excellent playing from all those involved. Mason Summit contributes various guitars, organ, dulcimer and vibes, harmonica and pan flute. This is Folk Rock and introspective for such a young voice, perhaps the result of losing his father in 2008?

Early Roddy Frame and Aztec Camera come to mind as this young talent mixes strong melody with a confidence to succeed. Fools in April and Walk on Water are strong songs while the teen tempo of Jésus behind the Ice Cream Cart has hit written across it. Drain ends the set in reflective mood and points to a positive future for this performer