It’s hot and sticky and there really is no incentive to do very much in the way of thinking. We have quite a collection of videos in store and they will fill the bill nicely.
Let’s begin with something gentle and restful. This is Fraser Fifield with Tom Bancroft and Paul Harrison and a piece called ‘A Day Like Any Other’ from their album Secret Path.
Moving to Ireland, The Achill Island release a major album, Isle Of The Eagle, in August. This is a lyric video of the title track, a song written in the nineteenth century and beautifully arranged by Graham Sweeney and producer John Michael Berry.
Cowboy Junkies‘ new album, Such Ferocious Beauty, was released at the beginning of June and is heartily recommended. This a live video of ‘Shadows 2’ featuring Margo and Michael Timmins.
‘Long For Light’ is the first track from Cloud Horizons, the upcoming new album from Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening. We’re afraid that you’ll have to wait until September for the CD.
Raising the temperature, visually at least, we have Deer Tick with a country-rock single, ‘If I Try To Leave’ from their new album, Emotional Contracts. The meatballs look OK but we’re not taken with the wax crayon bon-bons.
A rather creepy video from M Ward with First Aid Kit now. ‘Too Young To Die’ is taken from his new album, Supernatural Thing. For those who don’t know, Ward is a singer and guitarist from Portland, Oregon while First Aid Kit are two sisters from Sweden.
From Pub To Pulpit reach the climax of their cathedral tour with three performances at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester – one of our intrepid reporters will be there. Here they are performing ‘Our Captain Called/To Be A Pilgrim’ at Exeter Cathedral.
Former Noah & The Whale singer Fred Abbott, now Fred Abbott & The Wild Unknown, releases ‘Nothing Left’ from his forthcoming album, Shining Under The Soot. Here’s a live version featuring Dave Burn.
Another new single from a forthcoming album: Wren Hinds releases ‘Dream State’ from his new CD, Don’t Die In The Bundu, released next month.
And one more: Philip Seth Campbell releases ‘Magical West’ from his new album, City Lights. A nicely weird way to finish.