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Reviewed by Emma Moss

Miles Calder & The Rumours: Self-titled

Reviewed by Emma Moss

Miles Calder & The Rumours: Self-titled

From the opening harmonica/acoustic guitar bars of the first track, through to the haunting notes of the final reprise, this album is a journey of love, and ultimately heartbreak. This is the second release for Miles Calder & The Rumours, an album to build on their 2013 EP ‘The Crossing Over’. While it’s certainly less-country than the first, listening through the album was a little like being in love; cautious to start, moving through to heart open-wide with The Last Time Around, and then the agony of love lost in Southern So Long. They define their music as alt-country, Americana-folk, and that’s apt. It’s like country going on a date with big band at a steak restaurant in the deep South. A collaboration that has no doubt been helped by time spent in the US this year. The smoothness of the production engineering by Lee Prebble and guitarist/electronics guy Andrew Moore impresses with seamless, effortless transitions between tracks. There are some stand-out big ballads here that tug at the heart strings and fill you with joy at the same time. A journey to the heart of connection and a delightful listening experience from beginning to end. The album’s 13 tracks are over way too soon.

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