Anni Rossi Afton, Album, 4AD, Out now ***
Anni Rossi brought her one-woman live show to The Borderline last week and brought her newly released EP to life.
The 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist uses brass and strings galore on the record but on stage it's just her and her beloved viola. Tapping the bow and stamping her foot she created a creeping accompaniment to her haunting, screeching vocals.
Highlights of the record include Machine and the calmer, heart felt West Cost.
Heavily accented and switching between deep murmers and high pitched squawks, she's like an American Scout Niblett - a kooky oddball and a refreshing change.
Arthur Russell Love Is Overtaking Me, Rough Trade, Album, October 27 ****
The New York post-punk scene of the late 70s and early 80s is beginning to creep into the nostalgic conscience.
Bands likeTalking Heads and The Modern Lovers are being discovered by a new generation of fans. So it seems only right that one of the most influential, and well connected, artists of that time gets a look in too.
Famed for his work with Allen Ginsberg, he had a varied career which saw him release dance, country, disco and traditional music.
This compilation of previously unreleased tracks is the latest record carved from the 1,000 tapes of demos and home recordings found after his death from AIDS in 1992, and explores his folk-pop side.
The tracks were recorded between the early 70s and 1991, and despite remastering work, it's got a beautifully tinny, post-punk sound.
To the uninitiated his velvety soft, understated vocal makes this a perfect introduction to a man whose work is sadly only now, more than 15 years after his death attracting to popular attention.
Exit Calm We're On Our Own, Single, AC30, October 27 **
Exit Calm clearly picked up some tips during their support slot on tour with The Music earlier this year.
The lad-rock Madchester vocals and soaring guitars of their first single owe more than a little to the festival sound of their mentors.
An added splash of Pearl Jam completes this polished, well-rehearsed debut. It'll sound huge live but on record it dissolves into the countless other 90s rock epics.