Tallulah Rendall – Libellus
Libellus, the debut album by Tallulah Rendall, is an enchanting masterpiece. The album is beautifully presented in a book with artwork and poetry complimenting and representing each song.
Tallulah sticks to what she knows: pain, hurt, love and loss. All good songwriters know these simple touchstones and plot devices, yet few are able to utilize them as craftily and in as heartfelt a way as Tallulah. Soul baring and vulnerable like a child, one cannot help being drawn closer and almost encapsulated in her music.
Tallulah’s talent definitely shine through as she plays with various musical textures. Kicking off the album with a raw vocal on Time Fades, she then follows with a guitar solo opening the second track Black Seagull; guitar riffs beautifully complementing her soothing voice.
Tallulah has created an incredible musical statement and I am hoping she gets a ton of recognition for it. She makes it seem easy but these songs have an amount of depth that cannot be reached without a generous amount of life’s inevitable suffering.
The album concludes with a beautifully written yet heart wrenching piece called Rest In Peace, written after the passing of her grandmother in 2006.
Pick this one up. Lee-Anne Hayward
The Gypsy Soul Experience – Beautiful World
This single from the Scottish Borders-based seven-piece is a folksy, summery song with lyrics that regrettably aren’t particularly original but the fantastic fiddling and composition make it rather catchy. There is of course a danger that the song will stay in your head long after you want it to be over. The second track on this sampler, River of Tears, is a classic country song while Susie has a ska/reggae feel to it. It’ll be interesting to see what the debut album will contain, given this interesting taster. Tania Ahsan
This new website is streaming interviews with Mind, Body, Spirit personalities like the Barefoot Doctor, Richard Lawrence and Susie Anthony. The website claims to be offering a platform for all people interested in MBS subjects and aims to be inclusive rather than just covering the well-known names in the field. There are sections for youth, meditation and events listings and it looks like it will build into a very useful forum for those who want something a little more uplifting in the web medium. Tania Ahsan
Three Miles North of Molkom
This film documentary concerning the trials and tribulations of a ‘Sharing Group’ at a festival in Sweden derives its humour from featuring ‘fish out of water’ Australian rugby coach Nick who has managed to get himself booked onto the festival in pursuit of ‘free love’ but instead finds a ‘bunch of tree-huggers’. If it weren’t for the brilliant editing that makes for many laugh-out-loud moments, you’d start to get irritated at Nick’s lack of enthusiasm (why bother turning up to a shamanic, MBS festival if you’re not interested in anything you can learn there?).
In the end each character you meet in the film seems like an archetype for the people you meet at workshops and courses so the laughs are often ones of recognition. There are times at which the film seems to take pot shots at the beliefs of participants and it does seem as though it is playing up toward mainstream audiences who will find the ‘hippy’ notions here funny. The redemptive ending goes some way toward countering that. The editing is so sharp and comically timed that we did ask the producers if Nick was a plant; we were assured that he wasn’t.
A fascinating insight into a bunch of loveably mad characters and their individual journey; this slick and hilarious documentary will leave a mark, despite its trivial flaws. Welshon Bull
On general release now.