iSing takes a look at new music from Karine Polwart, Anne Marie Almedal and Ovvls.
Folk music fans are in for a treat with the release later this month of Laws of Motion, the new album from Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart. The BBC Folk Singer of the Year was widely lauded for her last album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance. Now she’s back with a new collection of songs to challenge and inspire. And she’s pulling no punches, covering subjects such as World War Two, nuclear warfare, Trump and migration. The first single off the new album is Ophelia, informed by 2017’s Hurricane Ophelia.
Anne Marie Almedal
Norwegian singer-songwriter Anne Marie Almedal’s new single You Keep Me At Arm’s Length was recorded in her hometown Kristiansand while the singer was on a summer break. It’s a breezy number that slowly builds momentum and showcases the compelling vocals of this music veteran. Almedal fronted the indie pop band Velvet Belly in the 90s before moving into electronica and performing various film and TV themes. She’s more of a folky-pop singer these days, and it suits her. Her new album, Lightshadow, out later this month.
Since forming in 2016 Liverpool-based duo Ovvls have been building a loyal fan base with their brooding, melancholy sound influenced by the likes of John Carpenter and Massive Attack. They’ve toured the UK and the US and played with the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma and Warpaint. Check out Ovvls’ new single Less Than Pure, a mediation on the all-pervading influence of the advertising industry. It was co-written with bass guitarist Brian Campbell of the rock band Clinic.
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