Southern Tenant Folk Union : Revivals, Rituals & Union Songs (Ugly Nephew Records)
« Revivals, Rituals & Union Songs » is the second album release from Southern Tenant Folk Union, a London based band that in their short tenure have shredded all expectations associated with the term ‘bluegrass’ and developed into one of the most exciting groups performing and recording roots music in the UK. Hearing the new album proves a highly rewarding experience with opener « Never Got The Best Of Me », as rambunctious as it is infectious, leading the listener into a collection of songs that weave styles and genres effortlessly. « Back To Front » is a glorious Celtic soul fusion, « Cocaine » has an undeniable Eastern European gypsy influence, whilst « Can You Light A Flame » drips with country harmonies. This tight, 40-minute record does what every second album strives to do; it surpasses the achievements of its predecessor and should ensure easy passage for Southern Tenant Folk Union on to the next level in terms of their artistic and commercial potential.