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Basia Bulat: Oh, My Darling (Rough Trade/Shock)

Basia Bulat: Oh, My Darling (Rough Trade/Shock)

On this, her debut album, Canadian Bulat establishes herself as a slightly eccentric (but not irritatingly whacko) voice whose songs are enhanced by canny production which allows for the folk and pop elements of her songwriting to sit alongside some distinctive arrangements. With dulcimer, mandolin, guitar and a string section, there are...

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008: Duffy: Rockferry (Rough Trade)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008: Duffy: Rockferry (Rough Trade)

Funny how the UK rock press works, innit? Just a month or so ago this soulful, young Welsh singer who has a mainline to Dionne Warwick, Spector girl groups and Motown was being hailed as the next big thing/one to watch etc. Her record company had slipped out an advance sampler CD/7 inch which was so terrific it was posted here at Elsewhere...

British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

The title of this glisteningly melodic album is doubtless rhetorical -- but these guys also seem to like Brian Wilson's ambitious pop symphonies, ambient music in the manner of Brian Eno, Paul McCartney's better pop ballads, Anglofolk, having mates hauled in to act as a choir, strings . . . So yes, they like rock music -- but aren't...

Colin Meloy: Sings Live! (Rough Trade)

Colin Meloy: Sings Live! (Rough Trade)

Something about a couple of these solo songs sounded oddly familiar and I suspect I may have seen this Portland-based singer-songwriter and mainman in the Decemberists at a songwriter night in the famous White Eagle Hotel in his hometome. Or maybe it's just that these memorable, lyrically dense and chorus-fuelled songs were recorded live on a...

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008 Emiliana Torrini: Me and Armini (Rough Trade)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008 Emiliana Torrini: Me and Armini (Rough Trade)

Only the most diligent Elsewhere reader with perfect recall might remember this Icelandic singer who appeared on the Next Brel compilation/tribute to the singer-songwriter Jacques Brel which appeared here some time last year. Torrini was one of the standout performers on that album and she has certainly drawn enormous praise for her previous...

Arthur Russell: Love is Overtaking Me (Rough Trade)

Arthur Russell: Love is Overtaking Me (Rough Trade)

Well over a decade ago I was introduced to a remarkable album on Point, the label started by minimalist/composer Philip Glass. It was Another Thought by Arthur Russell and its weird poetics, mix of cello and electronics, and just out-there but almost pop attractiveness made me want to hear a whole lot more from this New Yorker. That wasn't...

Basia Bulat: Heart of My Own (Rough Trade)

Basia Bulat: Heart of My Own (Rough Trade)

Canadian singer/songwriter and auto-harp player Bulat appeared at Elsewhere with her confident if slightly disconcerting debut album Oh My Darling of '07. She has the kind of vibrato you might not have heard since Melanie's Brand New Key. But she is a powerful folk-rock singer and here really lets her passions fly (the folk-psychedelics of...

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