In their highly active time between 1967 and 1974 Agitation Free released just two albums. Then came the dissolution of the Berlin Kraut cult icons - almost exactly 40 years ago. In 1999 they got together again for a (rather disappointing) album.
The modern indie folk elf Kate Walsh has reduced her new album completely to the core of the acoustic performance. "That's really me, that's really..." she says. Fortunately, she doesn't fall into the pseudo- authenticity trap of so-called "real" because handmade rock music, but unfolds her almost meditative songwriter cosmos tenderly with piano, guitar and cello. The title track is reminiscent of the early Joni Mitchell, whereby the Walsh's singing never assumes their harder directness, but always remains sweetly bright. The wonderful piano ballad "Greater Than I" could also have been written by Tori Amos. The love for Claude Debussy is repeatedly expressed in the use of a cello. When "Wolves" is reported, some business types in the music industry might feel addressed. The French sung "Le Jardinier" is also wonderful. With "You Are Home" Miss Walsh treats herself to a pure campfire fight blues after artistic classicistic titles. One prefers to sink into their beguilingly intimate world but with musical piano/cello magic beings like "The Dark Knight".
Top track: Greater Than I