Year In The Kingdom
Fleet Fox and prolific solo artist J Tillman returns with his second album of 2009. "Year In The Kingdom" unravels some kind of galactic wilderness. J.Tillman's sixth album lyrically borders on the mystic; proffering a transcendent union, an effortlessness.
Dead & Born & Grown
To describe The Staves' music as merely comforting or enjoyable would be to severely under-egg the pudding. Their song writing is as striking as it is exquisite, a melding of still, bright English folk and sublime West Coast pop that, performed live, is capable of plunging an audience into awed silence.
It is singing so alluring that the Staves were asked to provide backing vocals for recent albums by both Tom Jones (alongside Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings) and Fionn Regan, and to tour with Willy Mason, Josh Ritter, James Vincent McMorrow, and Mt. Desolation, among others.
Meanwhile, legendary producers Glyn and Ethan Johns (whose combined credits include the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Joan Armatrading, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, and Laura Marling to name but a few) found The Staves' talents so compelling that they both independently tracked the band down. This then lead to the band recording and releasing their debut album: 'Dead & Born & Grown'.