Over Land and Sea

1 Jun


After a a few posts of older material, it’s time to get up-to-date with this 2013 collection from the Canadian outfit Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk. Available on Wanderer Records, this is a collection of eleven slices of good-natured, life affirming, melodic, indie-pop which reminds me a little of Mumford and Sons (especially the title track ‘Over Land and Sea’)  and Noah and the Whale.

Ms Mann supplies vocals, piano and ukelele (on the basis of this album, it’s a mightily under-rated rock instrument – especially on ‘How It Goes) and the other three Fairly Odd Folk contribute vocals, drums, bass and even glockenspiel!

From the gigs page on their blog (also hosted by WordPress at http://laurenmann.wordpress.com ) this is one extraordinarily hard-touring band – unfortunately the dates listed are all in North America – but if they make it over to the UK in the future, I’ll certainly be in the audience. I can see them as going down really well in an afternoon slot at summer festivals.

PS:   If this has whetted your appetite, you can hear four tracks from the album by clicking http://noisetrade.com/laurenmannmusic/over-land-and-sea . Go on, you’ll enjoy it!


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