On The Stereo #52

3 October, 2019 in Music

The Frampton Sisters

Freddie and Charlie Frampton: the sisters have the same type of bewitching vocal chemistry as Ward Thomas or First Aid Kit

Here’s our latest playlist, championing new songs from The Frampton Sisters, Miranda Lambert, The Cigarettes, Little Scream and Kevin McGuire


THE FRAMPTON SISTERS
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Dharma Records

Sisters Freddie and Charlie Frampton sing a song of unity on this their delicate debut single. With harmonies perfectly entwining, as if to strengthen the message, it’s immediately apparent that the pair have the same type of bewitching vocal chemistry as Ward Thomas or First Aid Kit. DH


MIRANDA LAMBERT
BLUEBIRD
Vanner Records

Lambert is an artist who can do no wrong and once again she has released a breathtaking single. This one is a sweeter, lighter track compared to the ones she’s shared so far off new LP Wildcard and it fits her gentle vocal tone, perfectly. Bluebird is a gorgeous lyrical number with a delightful melody. LK


THE CIGARETTES
THEY’RE BACK HERE THEY COME
Optic Nerve Records

“But now you’re back again with your racist propaganda playing on our economic fears,” sings Rob Smith in his typically defiant delivery. Taken from a new retrospective, this 1979 debut single from the Lincoln punks tackles the rise of the Far Right in the late 70s and, in doing so, still sounds relevant all these years later. DH


LITTLE SCREAM
DISCO BALL
Merge Records

By taking the smash mirrors of past traumas and turning them into a disco ball, singer-songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer has found hope in hopelessness. There’s a sense of unshackled freedom that drives this contemplative number forward and allows it to grow in confidence (and scale) with every new stretch of road. DH


KEVIN MCGUIRE
THE NIGHT IS YOUNG (T.N.I.Y.)
Self-release

McGuire is one of the leading lights in the homegrown country scene and the Scottish rising star is back with what we think is his best release to date. This feels like a classic American country anthem but it still has a British edge. LK


Words: Duncan Haskell, Laura Klonowski

Listen to these songs and other On The Stereo selections via the Songwriting Magazine Spotify ‘Music Reviewed’ playlist.



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