Hack-Poets Guild is a collaboration between three British folk artists – Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson & Nathaniel Mann - each contributing four of the twelve reinterpretations and reworkings of traditional songs on this album. Really enjoying what I’ve heard of this so far especially the Lisa Knapp-sung Daring Highwayman which reminds me a lot of Stick in the Wheel, who I love.
The Luka State - More Than This
Indie rock in an early Arctic Monkeys style with a couple of Oasis-sounding ones and a bit of social conscience. Nothing desperately new here but it’s good stuff. My main interest in this, though, is that The Luka State are from Winsford in Cheshire like I am, and this is the first Winsford band I’ve been aware of that have broken through. This is their second album but this is the first time they’ve crossed my path.
I only realised the Winsford connection when I happened to see their tour poster and noticed that one of the destinations is… not like the others. If this band had been around in Winsford in the mid-90s, I’d have lost my shit over them.
The Gruff-less Super Furries with this EP of electro-psych.
“Chains of decayed connection and shackles of genre-expectation are audibly broken as Huw Bunford, Cian Ciarán, Dafydd Ieuan and Guto Pryce restore original Furry vision with techno-inspired, heavy-tech sound inspired by illegal rave roots, re-routing their paths as notorious scientists of sound, taking the outside lane to arrive close to where it all began for Super Furry Animals.”