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Adrian Sherwood – Never Trust A Hippy NTAH
It's a mystery, really, why a music biz legend like Adrian Sherwood hasn't released a solo album until now. Okay, the man has been rather busy over the last twenty years or so, producing and/or remixing some of the most innovative recordings under his own moniker or that of his On-U Sound label Never Trust A Hippy reflects the way its maker sees the multifarious Real World.
Cowboy Junkies – The Nomad Series Renmin Park Volume 1
Diverse Records is delighted to team up with the Cowboy Junkies once again, for their brand new album Renmin Park, the first volume in the "Nomad Series" of releases, of which there will be four volumes. The series of releases take their name from a series of paintings by a friend, the Cuban-American artist Enrique Martinez Celay. Many of the songs have been tried live on stage over the last year or so, and finally the band have committed the finished studio versions of these songs, across the four volumes to be released over the next 18 months. Volume 1, titled Renmin Park is in stock now.
Eleanor McEvoy – Out There
ELEANOR MCEVOY - OUT THERE (180g IMPORT LP) HiFi+ Album of the Year - 2007! Eleanor McEvoy is not an artist easy to pigeonhole. Irish, folk, pop, rock, country? Her last two albums - Yola and Early Hours - have been modern day singer songwriter masterpieces. Yet by and large she remains an undiscovered talent. Never one to 'go with the flow', Out There is yet another outstanding album with the classic McEvoy hallmarks of great songs, wonderful vocals and magnificent production.
Joan Baez – Gone From Danger
For nearly 50 years, as a singer, musician, social activist, and goodwill ambassador, Joan Baez has kept her pact with the spirit of her voice. Throughout her career, she has followed a pattern of mutual mentoring, begun when she first met Bob Dylan. She continues the pattern with striking results on tours that have included onstage collaborations with a range of talented young writers and performers, including Dar Williams, Eliza Carthy, and Josh Ritter among others.
Mark Olson : The Salvation Blues
Mark recently finished recording his first true solo album, "The Salvation Blues", with producer Ben Vaughn. A deeply personal album, Mark’s voice and poetic lyrics are complemented by Vaughn’s gorgeous musical backdrops featuring the work of some of LA’s best studio musicians. The album also features the long-awaited reunion with his former Jayhawks bandmate and writing partner, Gary Louris, on three songs.
Richard Thompson – Front Parlour Ballads
“The production on this record is the kind of thing the audience actually asks for,” Thompson explains. “They ask for simple; they don’t want the frills in the way. They don’t want the glossy, hi-fi production—they wouldn’t know what to do with it. They want to hear the squeaks of fingers on strings and, dare I say the cock-ups. So that’s what they’re gonna get.”
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Ron Sexsmith – Cobblestone Runway
We are delighted to announce that DIV 005 is the 2002 album from this massively underrated artist. Ron Sexsmith has been raved about by other musicians, his songs have been covered by Rod Stewart and Elton John, yet his career is still struggling to lift off. Now his 15-year marriage has also fallen apart - but at least Sexsmith has been able to reach deep into his well of despond for his best album yet. This new sonic palate gives modern life to his classy tales of blown chances, cruel luck and crueller love.
The Duke & The King – Nothing Gold Can Stay
This rootsy debut from The Duke & The King takes its own sweet time in ruminating on the past, which I suppose is only right and proper. Named after the pair of grifter conmen in The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, The Duke & The King are, respectively, Felice Brothers drummer/ singer Simone Felice and former George Clinton accomplice Robert "Chicken" Burke, who clearly harbour a lingering affection for an earlier era when, as they put it in "One More American Song", "our jeans were torn... and the music sewed us together". It's an album obsessed with memory, from the admonition to remember old friends in "If You Ever Get Famous", to the recollections in "Union Street" of being "a regular boy in the Reagan time". And with memory comes guilt and recrimination, tackled head-on in tracks like "I've Been Bad" and "The Morning I Get To Hell". Save for the haunting, country-soul-styled "Suzanne", Felice takes most lead vocals, while the duo swaddle their songs in subdued arrangements that would have sat well among the Laurel Canyon balladeers of Asylum Records: acoustic guitars, pianos, and restrained rhythms, sewn together with subtle detailing, warm harmonies, and a peaceful easy feeling.