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Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Live At Southern Ground (2015)

30-09-2015, 19:44
Music | Blues | Folk | Country

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Live At Southern Ground (2015)

Artist: Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
Title Of Album: Live At Southern Ground
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Acoustic Blues, Americana
Label: Del Mundo
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 50:14
Total Size: 117 MB
Covers: Front

01. Cardboard King ( 3:59)
02. Winter Coat ( 4:45)
03. Goodnight Irene ( 3:57)
04. Can't Help Moving ( 5:02)
05. Honey Bee ( 2:15)
06. Chocolate Jesus ( 4:34)
07. Automatic Life ( 3:47)
08. Money Don't Matter ( 4:28)
09. Nobody's Fault But Mine ( 4:24)
10. Love In The Afternoon (Bonus Track) (13:00)

British born blues and Americana artist Martin Harley is no newcomer to the world of music, having five full albums under his belt. The Guildford native has spent years touring the world and playing alongside a number of well-regarded acts of his genre. His material has also won plenty of praise from media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.

Recently, he returned to the studio with fellow musician Daniel Kimbro to record a new compilation called Live at Southern Ground. The ten track undertaking begins with the orchestral introduction of “Cardboard King”, before transitioning into a soft showcase of acoustic instrumentation. A warm harmony soon sets in and proceeds at a placid pace, forging a pleasant blues ballad. “Winter Coat” follows via a characterful riff that paves the way to an expressive melody. Strolling serenely forward, it remains relaxed yet resolute from opening to close.

“Goodnight Irene” establishes a laid-back ambience ahead of lackadaisical vocals that take their time developing. It manages to convey an admirable amount of fervour and feeling, despite its unobtrusive attitude. “Can’t Help Moving” is another subdued serenade next, bearing a stronger roots flavour than its predecessors. Its style is simultaneously sombre and stirring, due to the vigour of its vocals.

“Honey Bee” is a more enthusiastic effort which runs through energetic instrumentation and a quirky melody. “Chocolate Jesus” tones back slightly afterwards, while maintaining an eager atmosphere. The guitars are consistently cutting as the vocals exude stacks of spirit. A wild and raucous display of acoustic riffs in the middle is particularly enthralling. “Automatic Life” takes over via a busy beat when it’s done. The instrumentation keeps keen as it resounds across a heartfelt harmony. The result is a solemn but thrilling tune with plenty of passion.

The arresting riff of “Money Don’t Matter” persists into a vivacious verse that trots along excitedly, building a rapid rhythm that’s quite captivating. “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” is a fast and feisty entry in its wake, brimming with personality. This eventually gives way to the playful guitar and hyper harmony of “Love in the Afternoon”. Skipping speedily to a lively climax, complete silence ensues for several minutes until a melancholy melody arrives to guide things to a forlorn finish.

Harley and Kimbro have created a stripped down assemblage of innocuous anthems that dance delicately around the genres of blues, country, folk and Americana. Its simple style and meditative mood rest easy on the ears, making for a light listen. ~By Dave Simpson

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