At the end of last year I came across an album that make my ears prick up.
It was called Not Waving, But Drowning. It's by a band called The Self Help Group.
I'd never heard anything about them before.
So I bought it. And it was excellent.
The Self Help Group are based in Brighton and consist of Mark Bruce who is singer, guitarist & songwriter together with Paddy Keeley on guitars, Ian Bliszczak on bass, Jamie Fewings on drums and sisters Sarah Natalie Wood & Clara Wood-Keeley on vocals.
Their music is a mix of Folk, Americana and maybe even a bit of Country. It's an eclectic and interesting mixture. Very much acoustic in flavour with guitars,banjo, tuned percussion, strings and beautiful harmonies. The harmonies bring to mind bands such as Fleetwood Mac and CSNY with ladies.
Most of the songs on the album are based on stories. Not your usual June,Spoon,Moon fare.
It's a warm and welcoming record which deserves to reach a wider audience.
So if you're looking for something a bit different which is also a treat for your ears then you could do a lot worse than to give The Self Help Group a listen.
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