Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

DOWN In The Woods (Parlophone), is the seventh album from Richard Hawley and released this week comes the ‘Down In The Woods’ single. A BBC radio showcase concert last week was seen as a scoop and long burying his previous Pulp associations and while his ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ album showed some tender moments more grunge results here with ‘She Brings The Light’ and ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’, epic constructions like those long lost Oasis stadium anthems.

In fact by the time you reach ‘Leave Your Body Behind You’ the sonic spectrum fills with echo and percussion to industrial proportions. The melodic Hawley re-emerges with ‘Seek It’ though with greater effect yet with the aforementioned single echo guitar and voice dominates with spectacular success.

An undoubtedly new hero his sell out shows have spawned a further September/October tour with extra dates pencilled in already.

Tupelo were named after a Van Morrison song (‘Tupelo Honey’) but that only contributes to the influences. Banjo, fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar dominate the swing sound of these five guys with an almost live ‘one take’ sound to their debut album Dirty Money (IRL), released this week. I expect they sound great in a concert setting or better still a festival where the audience can jump around to that great title track and ‘Blue Gardinia’.

Nik Kershaw may well be a name from the past with 80’s hits ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’ and ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ but rather than settling with Rewind festivals he releases a new album of originals next week. Ei8ht (Shorthouse), is (surprisingly)

his eighth studio album and the first in six years. Writing has always been his strength and on ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ (also a single) this becomes obvious with sublime lyrics and interpretation. ‘Red Strand’ is his melodic ballad and would have been massive for Robbie Williams or Elton John while ‘You’re The Best’ bounces along with great word play. Nik’s multi-platinum debut album ‘Human Racing’ is re-released in September and a nine date tour is planned taking in Glasgow ABC on the 20th.