Best New Albums – May 2021 (Ballaké Sissoko, Peggy Seeger, Piers Faccini, Jon Boden) | Songlines
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Best New Albums – May 2021 (Ballaké Sissoko, Peggy Seeger, Piers Faccini, Jon Boden)

Outstanding new releases from Frente Cumbiero, Ballaké Sissoko, Peggy Seeger, Piers Faccini, Jon Boden, Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola and more. Tracks from all of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with the May 2021 issue of Songlines

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Frente Cumbiero

Cera Perdida

Salgaelsol & Biche

Explosive opener ‘La Era del GigaHertz’ starts as the album means to go on, careering through psychedelic synth soundscapes like a runaway juggernaut... Jane Cornwell

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Piers Faccini

Shapes of the Fall

Nø Førmat!/Beating Drum

Based in France, but of British and Italian extraction, Faccini operates broadly in Tim Buckley/Nick Drake acoustic folk territory, singing in a honeyed voice over delicate finger-picking. But that only tells half the story – not least because Faccini’s instrument is, in fact, a fretless guitar-oud hybrid made by French luthier Michel Cassan... Nigel Williamson

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Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

The Smoky Smirr o Rain

Eighth Nerve Audio

Their music-making is so intuitive; they breathe as one as they send a gentle melody on its way through Baroque ornamentation, desert vibes, a subtle mid-West swagger, a blush of jazz, a mischievous reel, a wrong-footing polska... Fiona Talkington 

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Rhiannon Giddens

They're Calling Me Home

Nonesuch

Rhiannon Giddens is incapable of producing an album that is not simultaneously a fascinating musical education and deeply enjoyable listening experience... Doug Deloach

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Ballaké Sissoko

Djourou

Nø Førmat!

There’s much to love here: ‘Guelen’ finds the allegedly retired Salif Keita quivering mightily over kora notes placed just so; kora player Sona Jobarteh proves a fine sparring partner on ‘Djourou’; ‘Kadidja’, a slow-paced song featuring the pure, breathy vocals of label-mate Piers Faccini, is utterly lovely... Jane Cornwell

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Jon Boden

Last Mile Home

Hudson Records

The final entry in Boden’s ‘post-oil’ trilogy is an acoustic and spare iteration of his apocalyptic themes, set against the emptying out of our everyday lives by pandemic and economic and cultural shutdown... Tim Cumming

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Nuri

IRUN

Shouka

IRUN is anchored in the sensory experiences of stambeli, the Tunisian variety of Gnawa music, but it looks even further outward, drawing from indigenous styles across the African continent as part of a multilayered compositional approach that never sits still... Alex De Lacey

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Tirana-Tirona Allstars

Tirana 100

Municipality of Tirana

Here is an album of strikingly beautiful Albanian music that truly is a well-kept secret, barely known to the world beyond... Kim Burton

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Peggy Seeger

First Farewell

Red Grape Records

This is a remarkable album by a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist and writer who grows more impressive as the years go by... Robin Denselow

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Hossein Alizadeh & the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio

Same Self, Same Silence

Just Listen Records

The Rembrandt Frerichs Trio released a magnificent album with Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor last year. But I think this new one with Hossein Alizadeh is even better – largely because there’s more variety across the nine tracks... Simon Broughton

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