News featuring Nick Drake

The following news stories mention Nick Drake. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated within the last hour.

’14 Apr 17 Thu

Thursday 17th April

  • Beverley Martyn: The Phoenix and the Turtle review intriguing if uneven comeback for folk star

    (Les Cousins/Proper)

    A successful comeback, at last, for one of the celebrities of the 1960s folk scene. Beverley Kutner knew and worked with everyone, was taught guitar by Bert Jansch and invited by Paul Simon to play at the Monterey festival. Then she married John Martyn. In 1970 they recorded two albums together, Stormbringer! and The Road to Ruin, after which he went solo and she stopped performing. Her quietly bitter Women & Malt Whiskey is presumably a comment on what went wrong. This intriguing if uneven set is a vast improvement on her last solo release 13 years ago, and includes the gentle, previously unrecorded Reckless Jane, which she co-wrote in the 1970s with Nick Drake. Her singing is hit-and-miss, but she has unexpected range. Best is Levee Breaks, an effective, threatening reworking of the Memphis Minnie blues.

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  • Watch Belle & Sebastian Cover Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” At A Children’s Hospital

    You might expect Belle & Sebastian to cover the Kinks or Nick Drake or 10cc. You might not expect them to cover the most-covered Journey song ever. But it’s impossible to say no to sick kids, and during a recent visit to Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta for the Songs For Kids Foundation nonprofit, the Scottish [...]

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Monday 24th March

  • Molly Drake: Molly Drake

    Molly Drake isn't mere preamble to her son Nick Drake's impressive career. This is Molly Drake's record, her story, and she tells it with heartbreaking beauty.

    At the end of 2013, Ba Da Bing Records helped bring this impressive set of home recordings to a larger audience. Molly Drake was originally put out in limited edition by Squirrel Thing, but now it's available wider and on vinyl and it's time you heard it. These are the home recordings of Nick Drake's mother. They're intimate, sometimes hissy, recordings, with Molly's voice and piano weaving through 19 brief songs. Her songs are often…

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’14 Mar 20 Thu

Thursday 20th March

  • Jimi Goodwin: Odludek review – 'World-weary baritone and twanging melodic bass'


    With Doves on extended sabbatical, frontman Jimi Goodwin describes his solo debut as "a mad mixtape" and it certainly rollercoasts through styles. There are big brass stabs and motorik Krautrock grooves; Northern soul organs and Elbow-type massed male vocals. The big dance grooves of Live Like a River and (less successfully) Man vs Dingo cast a wry glance towards the three Doves' early 90s dance act, Sub Sub. However, it's all centred around Goodwin's trademark, doleful, world-weary baritone and twanging melodic bass lines, which may pacify fans wondering whether Doves will ever fly again. There's nothing here as immediately dizzying as that band's There Goes the Fear, Black and White Town et al, but Odludek's charms emerge more gradually. Piano folk stomper Oh! Whiskey convincingly positions the singer as Didsbury's own Nick Drake, while Lonely at the Drop brews up a guitar windstorm. Standout closer Panic Tree is…

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Friday 14th March

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Wednesday 12th March

  • 10 of the best: Nick Drake

    Nick Drake only recorded three albums during his short lifetime, yet choosing 10 songs that best capture his delicate magic is still a challenge

    • Nick Drake: In search of his mother Molly

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Monday 3rd March

’14 Feb 20 Thu

Thursday 20th February

  • Beck: Morning Phase – review


    Unless your preferred medium of consuming music is notation (2012's Song Reader came in sheet music form only), Morning Phase represents the first Beck album since 2008's Modern Guilt. This return from a lengthy hiatus isn't the only thing exciting Beckophiles: Morning Phase comes billed as a companion piece to 2002's Sea Change, and sees Beck tackling a broken heart once more. Yet there's an older, wiser head here: as the title suggests, rather than wallow, Beck accepts that heartbreak is just a temporary grief he needs to see out. And so he does with lush strings (arranged by his father), gently crescendoing pianos (especially on the Nick Drake-esque Heart Is a Drum) and acoustic guitar in which you can hear the twang of each string. Despite the lyrical themes, the record's sun-dappled shimmer suggests Beck sees a way out of his emotional hole. The bad news for…

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