|Red berried tree, Offerton|
Dolly Parton's 'The Seeker' soundtracks the opening scene and credits to a brilliant Canadian film from a few years back, The Year Dolly Parton was my mom. In the film, the young heroine, during a particularly intense personal crisis, develops the fantasy that her real mother is Dolly Parton, and embarks on a journey to be reunited with her. I reviewed the film for The F-Word a couple of years back, and would recommend it to anyone who is seeking a female coming of age film that is intelligent, with fully rounded complex characters, and not patronising or simplistic.
The Staves have had a good year, with a second album, If I Was, and a support slot on the Florence + The Machine tour. 'Teeth White' was a particularly strong single, with a good strong sing along chorus that only added to its likeability and charm.
The Cornshed Sister's take on Le Cox Sportif's 'Dresden' is an impeccable combination of folk and nihilism that has truly anthemic qualities to it. It's been a couple of years now since their self titled debut came out, and it would be good to have another album.
We end with a moment of classic country with qualities of torch: Neko Case's 'Bought And Sold'
which was a standout track on a standout album, namely, Furnace Room Lullaby from 2000.
Image of Red berried tree, Offerton, by Cazz Blase. Copyright Cazz Blase, all rights reserved.