Having gone through the new music, I have to say there are a lot of depressed singers and songwriters about. So to save an upsurge in antidepressant sales we’ve selected some of the lighter tracks.
The Levellers – Calling Out – Peace – 14th August
12th studio album
It tackles small scale frustration and anger, mundane issues and feeling trapped in one’s own life. But then it switches to the underfunded and undervalued public services.
Badly Drawn Boy – Someone To Trust – Banana Skin Shoes – 22nd May
First album since 2009.
A personal and heartfelt collection of songs. Damon Gough lives with Crone’s Disease and diabetes and in the last few years he’s quite drinking, ended a long-term relationship, found new love and enjoyed being a father.
Kathleen Edwards – Options Open – Total Freedom – 14th August
Musician KE left the music business in 2014 after 4 albums and the opened a coffee shop and for 7 years didn’t release any music but now she’s back.
Fantastic Negrito – Chocolate Samurai – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? – 14th August
live video of this track where he plays with his band…. all 2 metres apart and with PPE on. Xavier Dphrepaulezz
Dion – I Got Nothin’ (ft Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker) – Blues With Friends – 5th June
Rock and roll legend Dion DiMucci, better known simply as Dion, releasing his album Blues with Friends on 5th June. The friends as I’ve mentioned before include Bruce Springsteen, Billy Gibbons, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Brian Setzer and loads more, this track features Van Morrison and Joe Louis Walker.
Seasick Steve – Carni Days – Love & Peace – 24th July
Delta Maid – Alchemy Katie – 5th June
Liverpool ss Katie Foulkes aka Delta Maid who released a well-received debut album 10 years ago and this is the follow up. After the first album she discovered she was unable to fit in with the commercially based music industry so disappeared from it altogether.
Bobby Bazini – Under The Weight – Move Away – 14th August
French Canadian ss from Quebec. This is his 4th studio album
Chuck Prophet – The Land that Time Forgot – Love doesn’t come from the barrel of a gun
Teddy Thompson – Heartbreaker Please – Why Wait
We will start playing them Monday morning.