The Swedish roots-rockers Among Lynx revealed the song Time on the 29th of June.
Immediately on hitting play, the listener is transported to a sawdust strewn saloon bar whilst instinctively reaching for a whisky to spend time in the company of Among Lynx, as the new song feeds gnarly blues riffs though the room.
Whilst easy to focus on purely the slide guitar and immersive vocals, to do so would be to miss all that is included within Time which is, in reality, an intricate, superbly composed and delivered song with much going on beneath the surface, with harmonica and double-bass adding depth to the rhythm of percussion.
For reasons undeserved, though sadly the nature of the world of music, despite delivering music of the highest quality their fan-base, whilst intensely loyal, is predominately home-grown. If justice is served, 2018 will break open the floodgates for a band who should be on far more radars.
Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine is a roots-rock trio from England.
Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine
For some little while now there has been an exchange of emails between ourselves, which sadly, have never aligned until this point in time.
Regular readers, will anticipate that on being presented with a double-bass it is something I am likely to be delighted to share; even dating back to the last decade on the old URL.
Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine are able to do far more than merely add double-bass as they delve far beyond the saplings of ’50s rock’n’roll to conjoin their music with the tap and lateral roots of Southern Soul from the ’20s to deliver music that puts a fresh paintbrush to music of almost a century ago whilst equally able to sweep up the intervening decades with music which resonates of the ’10s and its fractured societal constructs.
A live performance earlier in the year surfaced a few days ago of the, as yet, unreleased Death By A 1000 Cuts which even more delightedly adds a fourth player on lapsteel in a song that reflects of the salami slicing of the 99% for the after-dinner cabaret entertainment of the 1%.
The Australian roots-rock quintet Suicide Swans released the LP Augusta on the 1st.
A ten track album steeped deeply in country influences though burred with a whisky barrel soaking allowing Suicide Swans to create music which is retrospective of the earliest derivations of US rock ‘n roll.
The unhurried paced and even tempered compositions affords the combinations of strings, keys, percussion and vocal a natural earthiness and make the listener wish they lived near to Brisbane where it would be easier to get out to see them play live, though for those of us who don’t Augusta is an album most certainly to add to the playlists and for those who are in the Northern Hemisphere it will warm up the soon to be here autumn evenings.