The songs I listened to this week that aren’t available on Spotify were “Away” by Heidi Saperstein (the free, legal mp3 I downloaded ages ago is still at Epitonic), some obscure classic rock remix with audio from the “More Cowbell” SNL skit and, while I also love the Susan McKeown version included in the playlist, the version I listened to this week was by Ewan McGregor & Susan Lynch from the Joycean film, Nora. Here’s the rest…
To thank Muruch‘s writers and readers for their support of her music, Kate Miller-Heidke offered us this exclusive U.S. premiere of her new single, appropriately titled “Offer It Up.” The song is featured on Kate’s new album, O Vertigo!, which will finally be released in the U.S. on October 28th.
Fiona Bevan’s debut album, Talk to Strangers, more than lives up to the promise of its first single. The British singer-songwriter’s quirky soul-pop style falls somewhere between Sheila Nicholls, Joanna Newsom and Corinne Bailey Rae, but these are tenuous reference points at best. Fiona is really carving a niche of her own here.
Fiona’s rich lilt and jaunty instrumentation are particularly charming on “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Slo Mo Tiger Glo” and the lovely “Us and the Darkness.”
The standout track “The Machine” dives into murkier, funkier waters.
Other highlights are Fiona’s exquisite, multi-faceted vocal on “Monsoon Sundance,” the enchanting, buoyant “Pirates and Diamonds” and the simpler beauty of “Forwards.”
I expect Fiona Bevan’s Talk to Strangers to make it on my best of the year list for 2014.