Interview: Cinematic Folk Musician Ben Abraham

Talking genre, the Melbourne music scene and inspiration

The title singer/songwriter can mean a great deal to a world’s worth of musical listeners. And while Ben Abraham fits under that catch-all, there’s something about his music that places him elsewhere. Abraham has been referred to as a cinematic folk artist and a listen of his debut album Siren explains why. Each track tells a tale, layered lyrically and sonically. Delicate moments yield themselves …

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The Tallest Man on Earth: Sagres Reminiscent of the early American folk of Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie, The Tallest Man on Earth’s previous albums featured analog recordings of his voice, a guitar or banjo and little else. “Sagres” from Kristian Matsson’s forthcoming Dark Bird is Home—due out 12 May 2015 on Dead Oceans—is a step in a new direction. The Swede’s heartfelt, often nature-heavy …

Steve Gunn + Mike Cooper: Pony Blues

Two guitar virtuosos collaborate through RVNG for a Portugal-inspired session, and a Thai ghost story emerges

Cult label RVNG’s conceptual 12-inch series FRKWYS (pronounced “freakways”) pairs young contemporary musicians with groundbreaking predecessors. As there are no limitations on creation, anything can happen—like percussionist David Van Tieghem musically responding to a bulletin board of objects carefully chosen by others. Now in its 11th edition, the latest FRKWYS release pairs guitarist and singer-songwriter Steve Gunn (a former bandmate of Kurt Vile’s but whose …