Real Gone’s End of Year Round Up 2015

We’ve reached the end of 2015. It hasn’t been as thrilling a year for new music as 2014 had been, but there has been plenty to entertain. We’re still waiting on the proposed deluxe edition of Prince & The Revolution’s classic ‘Purple Rain’ (we could be waiting a long time) and those promised UB40 deluxe editions. Another year has passed without the arrival of Real Gone favourite Mick Terry’s second album. Lots of people in the UK have been (over)-excited by Steven Wilson’s ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase.’, but most of what’s impressed us the most at Real Gone – as is so often the case – is often just a little more underground.

Here are our year’s top picks…

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NATHAN EDWARDS – Far Away From Here

far away from hereIn 2011, Dakota based singer songwriter Nathan Edwards released his debut album ‘New Season’, a heartfelt collection of acoustic folk-pop tunes with a big heart.  Issuing a selection of Stephen Foster penned material as a stop gap, Edwards then set about working on his second collection of new, original material.  Having then taken some four years to create ‘Far Away From Here’, Edwards certainly couldn’t be accused of rushing…and the care taken in ensuring this second proper release is of a high standard is evident right from the get go.

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NATHAN EDWARDS – The Music of Stephen Foster

nate_fosterIn 2011, DIY singer-songwriter Nathan Edwards released his full-length album ‘New Season’.  While not always perfect, it featured music delivered straight from the soul, its pastel shades often gently uplifting.  For his second release, Nathan explores a few songs from the catalogue of Stephen Foster, a man credited as being the “Father of American music”.  Foster’s catalogue of songs is centuries old – and the weariness of age and the heartfelt nature of some of his lyrics are both well suited to Nathan’s own sense of warmth.

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