John Murray on the vocal prowess of an emerging new talent
I thought I had seen the last of the Pleasance for this year as it is seen primarily as a Fringe venue but it runs most of the year and with an offshoot in London.
Next month (Sept 18) Luke Sital-Singh plays there on his first UK tour.
As an emerging artist he is touring his debut album The Fire Inside (Parlophone).
What a voice this young man has when you hear I Have Been A Fire yet his song writing prowess shows even more promise.
Nothing Stays The Same sounds like a mature work and shades of David Gray or Neil Young on some songs like Benediction. The debut from Ward Thomas has hit the ground running helped by the storming new Country hit Push For The Stride with some great harmonies from the sisters.
Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas are 20 year old twins from Hampshire whose high school demo attracted the custodians of Nashville prompting this resulting new album called From Where We Stand (WTW).
That demo was Footnotes and appears here in polished form with the Nashville musicians and producers yet this and all others all written by the girls in the UK.
That is apart from their affectionately sweet interpretation of Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia with simple piano and acoustic guitar.
These young ladies will go far and when superstar Vince Gill (18 CMA Awards, 20 Grammys) turned up to play on their fast paced Town Called Ugley they must have known they had arrived.
Al Spx is a 26 year old singer from Canada and her second album released this week is credited to Cold Specks.
Neuroplasticity (Mute), can be described as ‘doom soul’ (her words) with gothic vocals over an industrial soundscape.
Shades of Siouxie (of Banshees) at times full of percussion and echo but with passionate vocals.
Exit Plan will haunt you while Absisto is a fine sample of lyrical intent and intense production both severe and passive.