This week's RTÉ Radio 1 Album of the Week is I Draw Slow's Turn Your Face to the Sun.
What we say: This talented Dublin rhythm n' roots outfit, fronted by siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) Holden, have been a noteworthy live draw for the past decade. Of late they've been selling their lively brand of Americana back to the yanks, building a dedicated US following through some serious live gigging - thirteen tours and 21 states later, they've been snapped up by Nashville label Compass Records (home of the mighty Ron Sexsmith, amongst others) for album number four - time to catch up.
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What the critics are saying:
'Turn Your Face To The Sun is a genre record that plays with its trad-folk flourishes well. Whether it be the jangling scratch of ‘Tell The Girls’ or the brass accompaniment that fuels the choruses of the aforementioned ‘Maria’, I Draw Slow seek to give each song a personality of its own. A move that keeps the album as a whole from falling into the cliché tropes that can sometimes plague trad/roots music.' (The Last Mixed Tape)
'Mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitars and double bass are the main instruments on Turn Your Face To The Sun, but it’s how the band weave the sound into something original that really impresses. Adding just a faint hint of "Irish-ness", they veer from the jaunty, driving rhythms of ‘Tell The Girls’ to the enchanting balladry of ‘Don’t Wake The Children’.' (Hot Press)
'Their inspiration stems from within and without: from the early middle-aged angst of Don’t Wake the Children to the world gone mad of Apocalypso. Indeed, that sense of love bobbing about in an unstable universe informs many of the 11 tracks which are delivered, as ever, with gusto and flair.' (The Irish Times)
Listen to Turn Your Face to the Sun in full below, via Spotify: