Its a beautiful Sunday morning. The warm sun is beaming through the window and the coffee is brewing. The perfect time to listen to some melodic, soothing Indie Folk. My choice today is Rubric, the debut album from Anne Marie Howard and her band, released in March earlier this year.
Anne Marie is originally from North Wales but now lives and performs her material in Liverpool. She began singing at an early age, teaching herself to play guitar at 16. By the age of 21 Anne Marie was writing her own material becoming a talented and accomplished songwriter. Her writing style is inspired by people, observations, real life situations and experiences of life. She collects words and phrases using them when a melody or when chords come together. Her musical influences include artist such as PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Tori Amos, who could forget Professional Widow.
With a warm vocal and some terrific melodies, the lyrics talk about experience of love, loss and relationships
Way Gone carries lyrics reminding us to be positive, staying focussed, acting on things that are important to us all, listening to your heart, being strong. This has a magnificent cello solo in the middle. Sweet Memory looks back to what life was like before a break up, driving back to reality and remembering good times.
The whole album has a bit of a jazz feel to it. The cello with its heavy tone almost lifts the songs with some brilliant performed solos. The tracks can appear to be a bit slow but certainly fit with the rhythm placing the album pitch perfect suiting Anne Marie’s Style. On this album Anne Marie performs solo and with her newly formed band of Anne Marie Howard (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Bass), Alistair Ligertwood (Cello), Joe Roberts (Drums), and J Roberts (Bass/Synths).
Some of her performance highlights include The International Pop Overthrow Festival, Matthew Street Festival, Bandstand Marathon National Event as well as appearances at The Zanzibar.
Ian Sharp is originally from Wigan, but grew up in Liverpool. He is passionate about music and although hard of hearing has learnt to appreciate music in its purist form. A musician in the making he enjoys many genres but particularly likes folk, Indie and alternative music. He's a big fan of Twitter and would be lost without his iPhone.