• polly paulusma Leaves from the Family Tree (180g vinyl LP, £19.95)

    label: Diverse Records

    From humble musical beginnings in a Clapham garden shed, Polly Paulusma has come a long way. She now owns her own label, Wild Sound, and on 28 May 2012 releases her third studio album Leaves from the Family Tree, in whose name she has e-collaborated in a dizzying flurry of cyberwaves with folk heroes John Parker of Nizlopi, Adem and Erin McKeown, rock violin diva Anna Phoebe, and the hottest film composer du jour, Michael Price, who’s recently won an EMMY for his Sherlock soundtrack. Paulusma released her first two albums Scissors in my Pocket (2004) and Fingers & Thumbs (2007) with Bjork’s label One Little Indian to international critical acclaim. Buoyed by a BBC Radio 2 play-listing, she toured the UK with Jamie Cullum and Gary Jules, in Europe with Bob Dylan and PJ Harvey; and then across the USA with The Divine Comedy, Joseph Arthur and Coldplay; she played Glastonbury, the V Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, The Fleadh and Glasgow’s T in the Park. Paulusma now releases her joyous third album, Leaves from the Family Tree, an insightful representation of modern family life. It’s an honest reflection of where she finds herself now with two small children, embedded in a family life she thought she’d escaped, with all the trials and tribulations that brings: birth, death, working motherhood and the beautiful capriciousness of daily existence. Sonically it’s at once soaring and intimate, reflecting the tapestry-like nature of its genesis: midnight recordings from her shed have been seamlessly interwoven with grand performances from the soundstage at Pinewood Studios, but you’d never hear the join. 1. Last Week Me 2. Blood-Red Coat 3. Hallelujah 4. Story Of My Life 5. Most Of It 6. Two Houses 7. Don’t Ask Me 8. Ocean 9. Lynch Pin 10. All Is Well 11. Wedding Day 12. Take Me Home 13. Don’t Ask Me (Radio Edit)

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