Ebb & flow with Judith

Judith Owen
Judith Owen

John Murray tunes into a name more should know about ...

With eight albums behind her, I feel I should know the music of Judith Owen. Time to look closer at Ebb & Flow (Twanky), album then released this week.

A gifted singer songwriter her style on this album goes back to the American Troubadour heyday when the music world was centred in Laurel Canyon.

She captures this completely and when you hear the legends from that era like Russell Kunkel, Leyland Sklar and Waddy Wachell you hear the rhythms of CSN&Y and Carole King in her Tapestry breakthrough.

Her best original, ‘I’ve Never Been To Texas’, has become the first single appealing to late night radio programmers and ‘You’re Not Here Anymore’ has every chance of being break-up song for the single set 2014.

Never predictable though she turns Mungo Jerry’s awful jug bar song ‘In The Summertime’ into a Joni Mitchell mirror image.

The other cover is James Taylor’s ‘Hey Mister That’s Me Up On The Jukebox’ one from his vast back catalogue and being not his best known, an inspired choice.

Melbourne based singer Courtney Barnett on the other hand has her first release this week combining two EPs previously released back home.

The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (House Anxiety), is a collection of 12 original songs baring her quirky garage-like writing in the way Jonathan Richman used to amaze us.

For raw energy sample Rocket Out Of London (Sexy Beast) from Damn Vandals.

Only their second album they continue the overwhelming vocals amid Psych trash blues on endearing I Bring You Love, I Hate School or Whisky Going Free and you cannot go wrong with a title like Too Lazy To Die Too Stoned To Live.