Review: Jeanes – Sleeping Leaves

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it's good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes, but, like all good things, it's taken time to gestate and develop. It's been 30¬†years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as poetry and falling onto scraps…

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Review: Never Closer by Raphael Doyle

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of Tom Robinson's introduction and updates on the album's Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael's intensely confessional poem I Come From Ireland. Released as an early single, it found favour on the Listening Post and reached our Fresh Faves back in October 2016. Would the album live up to expectations?…

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Regular visitors to The Listening Post may well be familiar with Folkstock Records, a prolific boutique label well known for championing new, acoustic folk and roots music. It's a testament to the excellence we've come to expect from them that their artists frequently make it through to the Fresh Faves, including Sera who appeared in Bobby's reviews of batch 212 - but rock? That would…

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