New Rock and Folk for Early September 2014

Lojah – Pub Songs on Palafox – Self-released

Celtic styled acoustic pub songs with hints of Creole and roots music bring this four-song folk EP to a festive life.  Lojah displays a true knack for lyrical narratives, creating a very traditional sounding music, not to mention authentic. The first two tracks feel quite Celtic while the final two feel a bit bluesy with a hint of Caribbean flare.    Fans of the acoustic side of Flogging Molly or The Chieftains will find this quite enjoyable.  Good stuff! (4.8 out of 5)

The Ahs – Corey’s Coathangers – Jigsaw

Indie pop with a flare! And really, it is a very perfect blending of those two genres.  The vocals are dreamy and quite harmonic; she’s got a strong voice that flutters around chord progressions like it’s nobody’s business.  Tie that in with the brilliantly composed accompaniment, you have a winning recipe.  In fact, I dare say that in some ways, this record reminds me of early Beatles material.  I think I’m hypnotized! Naturally, now I’m curious about the band’s older material and what else they may have coming in the future.  Lovely.  (4.9 out of 5)

Dott – Swoon  – Graveface Records

We featured Dott way back when on the blog and I’m psyched that they’ve returned with another sweet LP.  And without any doubt in my mind, they’re just as awesome then as they are now.  Indie/dream/pop rock goodness fills this LP from start to finish, along with its catchy, well crafted lyrics and impressive melodies… Dott does not disappoint.  Dott does not fail.  There are no weak spots to be found.  Solid, strong, engaging and sure to get stuck in your head in the most wonderful way, “Swoon” is a flawless winner.  Fans of their earlier work will dig this, along with those who enjoy The Vaselines, The Ahs, September Girls and the Cranberries.  Love it. Get this LP. (4.9 out of 5)

Pen – A Churchyard That Sways – Self-released

This one is a bit harder to describe genre-wise.  Lots of electronic treaments to the instrumentation give this sort of an ethereal feel.  There’s sort of a folky, post-rock, indie rock, shoegaze, electro rock vibe going on here, creating something soft, yet powerful.  It reminds me of Sigur Ros, The Postal Service, Seefeel, and Damian Rice.  It made a very good first impression on me and I hope it does the same for you.  This is a two track release and is a stellar one to say the least.  (4.8 out of 5)

Catherine Hatt – Sweetcorn – Self released

From Belfast comes this magical little album.  Recorded some time ago but just released, this folky marvel builds itself mainly on vocal harmonies that create a lyrical instrument that dominates with flawless grace.  This almost stands as an a ccapella album but there’s some light accompaniment by the way of some guitar , light percussion, thumb piano, etc…  The end result is a minimal sounding record but that does not mean it lacks in any respect.  It is a full bodied album and it comes as no surprise that Catherin Hatt tours around Ireland, hitting the various folk festivals.  Her style is unique and yet reminds me of bits of Loreena McKennitt and Outside the Museum.  That in intself is an interesting cross so trust me when I say this is a must-hear album. (4.9 out of 5)


About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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