I LIKE TRAINS KOMPROMAT album cover 2020 review

I LIKE TRAINS – ‘KOMPROMAT’ album review


‘An I LIKE TRAINS record doesn’t really start to take shape until there’s a theme’, says the group’s vocalist and lyricist David Martin. ‘That point came following Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks in 2013.’ The band’s new album ‘KOMPROMAT’ (the Russian term for compromising political material) finds the Leeds-based five-piece tackling current affairs and the amount…

Jenny O. – ‘New Truth’ album review


Jenny O’s latest (and first for new label Mama Bird Recording Co.) album ‘New Truth’ finds the singer-songwriter laying her heart bare over gorgeous harmonies and slices of dreamy guitar. It opens with ‘God Knows Why’ – an honest evaluation of the night she suddenly lost all hearing in her right ear: ‘I could hear…

Fair Mothers In Monochrome album review

Fair Mothers – ‘In Monochrome’ album review


Kevin Allan’s Fair Mothers project releases the second, more experimental project of 2020 with ‘In Monochrome’. Featuring guest appearances from Faith Eliott, Dana Gavanski (vocals), Esther Swift (harp), Pete Harvey (cello) and Jonny Lynch from Pictish Trail, the album was recorded at The Happiness Hotel in Edinburgh over the past couple of years and expores…

Silverbacks – ‘Fad’ album review


Silverbacks’ ‘Dunkirk’ single has been all over BBC 6 Music over the lockdown period and it hints at great things to come from the Dublin-based five-piece’s debut album ‘Fad’. The band have already released a string of well-received singles (produced by Girl Band’s bass player Daniel Fox) and wowed a string of festival audiences last…