SMUGGLED TO THE BLUE LIGHT is this week's collection. Don't be deceived, there may be a banjo on the cover but the songs within are far more diverse. From country to rap to punk (and back again)! The title is a reference to our good friends and frequent collaborators, The Blue Light Smugglers, who contribute their track, 'A Day In May'. We also welcome back the cosmic country surf of Grant Nesmith and the endless experimentalism of Shwarma. FDH Records contribute a frantic punk adventure from Canine-10. As always, please download, listen loud, dig deeper with your discoveries, and support Aldora Britain Records and independent music.
There are a number of new additions to the ABR Community this week too. Band Of Drifters bring some honky-tonk country, Whores Of Khan deliver an alternative metal punch and Warbelow Range make things traditional with their instrumental excursions. There is the pop punk of Pale Lady, the country rock of Mark Viator & Susan Maxey and the neo-soul hip hop crossover of Joe Kenney.
There are adventures into post-apocalyptic psychedelia from Chairs, glorious 60s prog folk from The Sitting Tenants and Australian-bred Americana from Kaurna Cronin. We have the funk rock of Rob Hanes, the neo-jazz of Keith Pray and the soulful rap of Cameron London. Blues rock comes from Kissing The Flint, indie folk from Zak Gregory and country rock from Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners.
The collection winds down with the dynamic contributions of The Pierce Kingans (lo-fi bedroom pop), James Houlahan (American folk rock), The Gift Machine (psychedelic jangle pop) and Colour Of Rice (Swiss folk). A truly eclectic collection of independent artists from all around the world. What more could you ask for? Happy Bandcamp Friday!
released March 5, 2021
Happy birthday, Dad! Photography from The Blue Light Smugglers' Facebook page. Artwork by Emma Prime. Compiled by Tom Hilton for Aldora Britain Records (ABR-137). 'A Day In May' written by and used by permission of Terence Cosgrave, taken from 'Record' (2019). 'Dead Man Walking' written by Kirk Kjenaas, used by permission of Breanne Marie Tepler, taken from 'Juniper' (2021). 'Roses Can Be Blue' written by and used by permission of Kaurna Cronin, taken from 'Aloft In Blue' (2020). 'Another Day' written by and used by permission of Grant Nesmith, taken from 'Dreams Of The Coast' (2021). 'Television Telephone Telescope' written by Canine-10, used by permission of FDH Records, taken from 'Nonsense!' (2020). 'Never Gonna Be This Way Again' written by Sam Higham/Sam Minot/Conall D. Ryan/Jack Shalders-Taylor, used by permission of Pale Lady, taken from 'My New Maze' (2019). '1939' written by and used by permission of Whores Of Khan, taken from 'Dynasty One' (2021). 'It Should Be Said' written by and used by permission of Joe Kenney, taken from 'Forth' (2020). 'Do You Remember' written by and used by permission of Cameron London, taken from 'To Nurture The Soul' (2020). 'Everyone Knows How To Play The Horn' written by Shwarma, used by permission of Jackson Kaufman, taken from 'Loveworthy Live EP' (2021). 'It Is What It Is' written by and used by permission of Rob Hanes, taken from 'On A Roll' (2020). 'Sleeper' written by and used by permission of Ian Jarvis, taken from 'Drawn Into Mazes' (2015). 'Sweetest Fruit' written by and used by permission of Dave Matthies, taken from 'Hard Facts Are Still Uncertain' (2014). 'Sometimes' written by and used by permission of Pierce Kingan, taken from 'Pierce And Love To All The World' (2020). 'The Tin Man' written by Allwright, used by permission of The Sitting Tenants, taken from 'A Kitchen Sink Drama...' (2020). 'Coming Home' written by and used by permission of Colour Of Rice, taken from 'Oh Darling' (2018). 'Bean An Ti Ar Lar / The Fermoy Lasses / The Wind That Shakes The Barley' is a traditional composition, used by permission of Warbelow Range, taken from 'Warbelow Range' (2019). 'Just Surviving' written by and used by permission of Ian Thomas, taken from 'Live At Follow Yer Nose BBQ' (2020). 'Tehachapi Dust' written by and used by permission of James Houlahan, taken from 'Ordinary Eye' (2020). 'Cajun Navy' written by and used by permission of Mark Viator, taken from 'Where The Road Leads' (2020). 'Unconditionality' written by and used by permission of Leah Jet, taken from 'Unconditionality' (2019). 'Please Stay' written by and used by permission of Zak Gregory, taken from 'Unfinished' (2017). 'South Sphere' written by and used by permission of Keith Pray, taken from 'Universal Blues' (2021).
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There's a similarity in song writing between Richard Thompson and Hugh Cornwell which maybe isn't surprising as they went to the same school at the same time, although Thompson is older.
Due to Thompson's association with John French of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band I searched for his work on the Bandcamp app. French, Thompson and Cornwell all have albums on the app which I'm very pleased about. Only Thompson has released contemporary albums, much to his credit.