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THE EQUATRIAL GROUP —APRICITY (Self-Released)

www.theequatorialgroup.com

Recorded in Echo Zoo Studios Eastbourne The Equatorial Group’s debut though steeped in mellow, languid strains the listener is invariably drawn to their music. Hungry to discover more about the songs, scratch beneath the surface of their thoughts, inspiration, even during the dark and cold of what has been a long winter. Members Helen Weeks (vocals, pedal steel, acoustic guitar), Dave Davies (vocals, guitars), Andy Tourle (bass, vocals) Teresa Fox (keys, vocals) and Mike Tourle (drums) through reflecting on life, a breakup or two found themselves up for the challenge. 

From the opening cut "Lights Shine" the cast is set, and though more mellow on occasions than one's mood might demand there is always sufficient to hold the attention of the listener till the next track. 

Wistful lead (vocals) on direct ode, “Toy Shark”; warmed in urgent instrumental work lifts the tempo, albeit a temporary shift. "Farewell My Lovely" is a nicely number, propelled by drums,and an all-round steady rhythm section Weeks speaks of wondering if they may work tonight; and there’s “Electric Night” sombre. Gentle, waltz-like paced “Those Dudes” (Davies low pitched lead vocals bathed in emotive steel guitar, organ and harmony vocals has a wonderful calming effect. Meanwhile, to my surprise and delight Weeks kicks up her heels (superbly) on aptly titled tale “Motorbikes”. It comes with splendid harmonies, and some of the most enjoyable picking on the record; it seems to be contagious since they go one farther with the busy brass, electric, bass guitar highlighted “Sometime In Spring”. Nice work, The Equatorial Group! 

Maurice Hope 

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January 2018Month
Last
Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
27
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
27
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
19
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
19
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
14
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
12
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
ALBUMS OF THE MONTH (NOT IN TOP 25)
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
JEFF TWEEDY / Warm / DBPM *JS
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
WESTERN YOUTH / WESTERN YOUTH / Independent *BK
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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