Cholesterol Jones, an artist with a winning name and a winning mentality. Not for Cholesterol the by-numbers acoustic indie gravy train – instead, his sound is somewhere vaguely near country, folk and alt-pop, as likely to have sprung from 1965 as 2017…and all the better for it.
Taken from the EP of the same name, “Satan’s in Heaven” is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek dig at Donald Trump and his supporters, though that undermines the deftness of the musical content. The accompanying video is an artistic triumph, the perfect mixture of dayglo laughs and acerbic criticism.
Cholesterol was born on a US army base in Bavaria before moving to Boston, where he spent his formative years. After a period of twenty years living in New York City, he now splits his time between London, Boston and Cape Cod, his observations of the world around him keener than ever. Drawing on influences including Dwight Yoakam and Johnny Cash, there are also elements of the more eclectic end of the popular music spectrum – dashes of Squeeze; splashes of Luna; portions of They Might be Giants. Clever lyrically but with hooks galore.
Cholesterol has played live at such legendary venues as LA’s Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Soho’s 12-Bar Club, though has now dedicated himself to the studio and film-making. The live scene’s loss is humanity’s gain, the campaign to make Cholesterol Jones president starts here.
It’s common knowledge that most rock bands like to indulge in a little alcohol therapy from time to time, but vintage folk-rockers Albino perhaps enjoy this more than anyone else, fuelling their rock’n’roll sound with whiskey.
Labelling themselves as ‘London’s greatest alcoholic garage rock band (probably)’, four piece folk-rock band Albino are on the road to releasing their latest album, Night At The Chemist, from which their new retro-infused single, ‘Belinda’, is taken.
‘Belinda’ could be straight out of the 60s with its organ-led sound and noodling guitar solo, whilst lead singer and guitarist, Ben Tucker’s vocals power the track (along with the whiskey) in a rather amusing narrative which is mirrored in the video through the beautiful medium of lego.
Since their inception in 2005, Albino has undergone a musical metamorphosis, travelling a long way from their humble beginnings, but now, the off-the-wall band has cemented their style and truly found their own sound. Whilst Albino’s eclectic and multi-talented musical line up has changed over the years, their musical direction, commitment and energy has always remained constant.
As the band have stated: ‘We may not change the world with our music, but we’ll definitely leave a scar.’
‘Love Songs For Scarlett’ is the debut EP from Los Angeles based folk musician Clem Darling, who is otherwise known as Tuffet Bunnies.
The debut EP from the folk artist is a collection of love songs (as you can tell from the name) dedicated to Darling’s circus performer girlfriend.
Clem describes the songs as though ‘they’ve been written by a bunch of gypsies that popped out of the back of a caravan’ and if that isn’t a reason to listen to the EP then I’m not sure what is!
Darling’s grandmother was always the biggest fan of his work, but the holocaust survivor sadly passed away recently. However, Clem continues to write honest, charming songs in the same manner that pleased his grandmother.
Since playing in garage-rock bands and performing with the likes of Jucifier, Two Cow Garage and Carson McHone, Darling has moved away from this genre in favour of his new folk-rock-pop sound.
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Fuelled by five instrumentalists, Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla blend Celtic, jazz and Indian musical influences to form a completely unique sound for their single ‘Noel Nouvelet’ released 7th November.
Check out Shkayla live below…
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After staging and producing ‘St. Patrick Goes To The Punjab’ at Albany Theatre, Shkayla are returning to headline Asian music and dance event ‘Fire and Light’. It’s expected that O’Donnell will be using his self manufactured 8 string Ceramic violin, giving the group that unique combination of mediaeval English and Indian music.
In the past the four musicians have worked alongside artists such as Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzie and Terry and Gay Woods
Single impact date set for June 15th
Named thanks to enduring love/fear of the vaunted mythical creature, Yeti Love is the musical moniker of songwriters Peter Hamilton and Dave Sears – a folk duo who view the genre as this generation’s punk music, able to articulate about issues and press all the right buttons in all the wrong places.
Hamilton is also influenced by his own ancestry, being half Spanish and, at a young age, falling in love with the folk traditions of home town Galicia. Having started out as a drummer before expanding his own musical horizons, his love of rhythm was informed by this specific branch of celtic roots music. Married to Sears’ intricate, multi-instrumental approach, the result is a hybrid sound unlike any other act on the circuit today.
New single, ‘Lonely Road’, is set for release on June 15th, and you can hear it here.
The pair have labelled their unique combination as ‘alt-rogue-folk-rock’, which is as fitting a description as any. Based in South London, they have been musically inseparable since 2012 and ‘Lonely Road’ is the latest fruit of their labours.
In the years since they’ve first started, Yeti Love have been slowly building in following an momentum thanks to their thoughtful song writing and eye catching live show, which has earned them some great online press for their work up until this point. The buzz is building, and in ‘Lonely Road’ they have the right vehicle to continue on that journey.
The single will be available from June 15th.
Scottish singer-songwriter set to unveil new album on June 15th
‘The Shaman’s Call’ marks further progression for Sandy Kilpatrick as an artist, guided out of the gate by new single ‘Your Love Is a Weapon’, a song which focuses on the intimacy and solitude of the writer at work: https://soundcloud.com/sandykilpatrick/your-love-is-a-weapon
Like this track, the album as a whole is designed to feel raw, and not hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of big production. The lyrics are intimate and thoughtful, hitting many highs, lows and moments of heartfelt poignancy – many of which listeners will immediately relate to.
An acoustic-folk singer-songwriter, Sandy Kilpatrick is now Portugal based having been born and raised in Scotland. His new album, ‘The Shaman’s Call’, is the latest stunning release in a career that has grown organically over time, with his sound echoing great songwriters as wide ranging as David Bowie and Damien Rice, while retaining his own unique take on the genre.
Those developing years have been spent surrounded by talents who have made it to the mainstream, such as close friend and New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham. Now Sandy Kilpatrick aims to follow in their footsteps.
Irish Carl Finlay is set to release a brand new single ‘Message to the Dreamer’ on March 16th, followed by his highly anticipated debut album ‘Follow the Moon’ on March 30th.
His unique sound is an eclectic mix of folk, with splashes of rock and reggae, giving him a unique, fresh vibe.
The news of his new releases comes hot on the heels of the success of his previous single ‘So Hard to be Happy’, which received a fantastic response and airplay on BBC Radio 6. Finlay’s lyrics convey raw emotion and enlightenment, he studies the ideologies of mankind through his musical storytelling. His recent single ‘Mercury’ is a beautiful song about a lost love that truly touches the heart.
Listen to upbeat ‘Message to the Dreamer’ here: https://soundcloud.com/carl-finlay/carl-finlay-message-to-the-dreamer