Tag Archives: Blues

VIDEO : PIERS FACCINI – NO REPLY (Folk/Acoustic – UK)

“No Reply” is the opening cut on Piers Faccini’s new album, My Wilderness, recorded at his home in southern France and released in September 2011 via Tôt ou Tard. The video is an acoustic rendition of the song, taken off the film “A New Morning” by Jeremiah and Piers Faccini.

As a little extra, listen to the album’s title track just below…

For more info, check out Faccini’s official site or MySpace. Buy his new album My Wilderness on

THE BLACK KEYS – EL CAMINO (Rock/Blues – US)

The Black Keys

Rock duo The Black Keys recently released their eighth studio album, and arguably best album to date, El Camino, via Nonesuch Records. Helmed by guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, The Black Keys find inspiration in Mississippi blues classics and mid-1960s psychedelic rock.

Recorded in Nashville, El Camino was co-produced and co-written by Danger Mouse, who also collaborated with the band on previous album Brothers. This album is more straightforward and uptempo than its predecessor, packing powerful riffs and nice grooves in its 11 tracks. No slow jams or power ballads here, just 38 minutes of unadulterated rock energy!

El Camino makes for a great listen in the comfort of your home but it will make for an even better live show. Propelled by pouding drums and bouncy riffs, every track is its own little energy ball and will no doubt incite frenetic dancing.

Find more info and stream a few tracks on the band’s official site or Facebook. Buy the music on

MATT CORBY – INTO THE FLAME (Folk/Indie – Australia)

Matt Corby

Still only in his early 20s, Matt Corby has managed to carved a unique path for someone that started his career aged 16 on a reality TV talent show. In 2009, he independently released his debut EP Song For…, followed by the Transition To Colour EP in late 2010. Often compared to legendary artists such as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley, Matt’s captivating songs continue to display a maturity well beyond his years while his live performances have become renowned for bringing large audiences to a complete stand still.

Matt Corby - My False     

Matt Corby’s latest EP, Into The Flame, was recorded at legendary Studio 301 in Sydney with Tim Carr at the helm (Ernest Ellis, Jonathan Boulet). The first single, “Brother”, is arguably Corby’s most assured work to date, showcasing a fresh injection of cascading vocals and bluesy melodies bound together with his unique brand of folk.

For updated tour schedule, news and downloads, go to Matt Corby’s official site or Facebook. Buy on his online store or

PIERS FACCINI – MY WILDERNESS (Folk/Blues – UK)

Piers Faccini is a musician with a biography as distinctive as his music. Born in England in 1970 to an Italian father and an English mother, Faccini moved to Paris as a teenager to study painting and then back to London to start his music career in the band Charley Marlowe, which he fronted alongside the poet Francesca Beard. When the band ended, he moved to the South of France and started working solo.

Though he sings in English, he has followings in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and other European countries. Not so in America or Britain, a fact that denies him the joy of performing for English-speaking audiences. His solo debut, Leave No Trace (2004), showcased his very personal blend of bluesy folk, deeply rooted in English folk, American blues, traditional West African music and Southern Italian taranta. This first effort was followed by Tearing Sky in 2006 and Two Grains of Sand in 2009, both well received by critics.

Piers Faccini - Two Grains Of Sand     

After a long silence, only interrupted by a collection of covers and a few duos here and there, the release date for Piers Faccini’s new album My Wilderness has finally been announced. This fourth album, which will reveal Faccini adding new colors to his sound with guests such as Vincent Segal and Ballaké Sissoko, will be released on September 12 on Tot ou Tard. Some tracks stick to Faccini’s trademark guitar-percussion-whispered vocals formula, while others add a touch of Italian sounding muted trumpet, or a sprinkle of kora (traditional instrument from Mali).

For your listening pleasure, here’s a cover released last year of the song “Cypress Grove Blues” by Skip James, one of Piers Faccini’s favourite artists.

Piers Faccini - Cypress Grove Blues (Skip James Cover)     

For more info, check out Piers Faccini’s official site or MySpace. Buy his music on Piers Faccini

ALEXI MURDOCH – TOWARDS THE SUN (Alt/Folk – UK)

London-born singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch is a well-travelled, multi-faceted artist. As a child and teenager, he was raised in Scotland, Greece and France. Later on, he attended university in the US in North Carolina and at the moment he spends about half his time in New York and the other half in a small house on the remote west coast of Scotland, where he can write and record music at his leisure.

With his achingly beautiful voice (that might remind some of Nick Drake) and minimalist instrumentation, Murdoch has managed to slowly build a reputation for himself. All his music has always been self-recorded and self-released on his label Zero Summer Records. His debut, Four Songs, was released in 2002 on the site CD Baby where it was, for a bit of time, the site’s all-time number-one selling record. Its follow-up, Time Without Consequence, came out in 2006 and its songs received placements on dozens of films and television shows. Finally, a number of new songs were previewed in Sam Mendes’ 2009 movie Away We Go.

Murdoch’s third record, Towards The Sun, prolongs the magic of his previous work. Spare and intimate, it benefits from the simple guitar-bass-drum structure of the songs, which feel warm and honest.  At first distributed exclusively through the artist’s official website as a limited edition CD in a hand-numbered sleeve, it has now finally received a wider release: since yesterday March 8th, the EP is available worldwide as a CD or download. Get it now from Alexi Murdoch

Alexi Murdoch - Towards The Sun     

Alexi Murdoch will be taking his new material to the road all through March and April. There are plenty of gigs scheduled in the US and Europe so head over to MySpace or Bandcamp to get the details…