Monday, 18 July 2016

Track Of The Day - She Makes War - 'Drown Me Out'

Having witnessed the excellent multi-instrumentalist Laura Kidd (a.k.a She Makes War) live in action a couple of times, it was a pleasant surprise to hear her playing a live session recently for Marc Riley's BBC Radio 6 Music show. Not only did the performance impress hugely, but also reminded me about the recent release of the third She Makes War album 'Direction Of Travel'. And after a few listens, it casts its spell song by song, full of bright melody, vibrant delivery, illuminating arrangements all brought together with magnificent songwriting. 

On the opening 'Drown Me Out', the Bristol-based artist adds ear-catching melodies to a shadowy alt-rock background to conjure up a thing of dark, sorrowful grungey beauty. One of 2016's most essential records, 'Direction Of Travel' also features collaborations with Mark Chadwick of the Levellers and Tanya Donelly. The album is available now on CD and download, and She Makes War will be touring throughout the rest of the year.