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Fractured Air 28: Don’t You Forget (A Mixtape by Hidden Highways)

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Hidden Highways comprise the songwriting duo of Tim V. Smyth and Carol Anne McGowan, who have released a self-titled EP (2012) and debut full-length “Old Hearts Reborn” (2013) to date (both via Irish-based independent label Out On A Limb Records). Hidden Highways’ recorded output shows a keen devotion to the age-old traditions inherent in the art of the folk song: it is one of purity, emotion and timelessness. Smyth and McGowan make the kind of sparsely arranged and heartfelt folk laments which recall such artists as Sibylle Baier, Elliott Smith or Marissa Nadler, while their vocal harmonies convey the spirit of Hazlewood and Sinatra. Interestingly, the pair have also shown a deep love for the cover song (Townes Van Zandt, Jeff Alexander and Jackson C Frank have been covered to date) in both recorded and live situations. Both Smyth and McGowan are also members of the Dublin-based musical collective Sunday School Sessions, who have an Irish tour this November (dates HERE); while this December Hidden Highways will support Printer Clips (dates HERE).


Fractured Air 28: Don’t You Forget (A Mixtape by Hidden Highways)

To listen on Mixcloud:



01. El Ciego Melquiades ‘El Gato Negro’ [Arhoolie]
02. Ry Cooder ‘I Think It’s Going To Work Out Fine’ [Warner Bros.]
03. Micah P. Hinson ‘Don’t You (Part 1 & 2)’ [Sketchbook]
04. The Cairo Gang ‘Shivers’ [Empty Cellar]
05. Jolie Holland ‘On And On’ [Anti-]
06. Jim Campilongo Electric Trio ‘Pepper’ [Blue Hen]
07. Mojave 3 ‘Love Songs On The Radio’ [4AD]
08. Grant Lee Buffalo ‘Lady Godiva And Me’ [Slash]
09. Richard Hawley ‘Don’t Get Hung Up In Your Soul’ [Mute]
10. Baden Powell ‘Das Rosas’ [Elenco]
11. Big Star ‘Kangaroo’ [Stax]
12. Bob Dylan ‘Most Of The Time’ [Columbia]
13. Yo La Tengo ‘Take Care’ [Matador]
14. Mary Margaret O’Hara ‘Dear Darling’ [Virgin]
15. Tindersticks ‘City Sickness’ [This Way Up]
16. OP8 ‘Sand’ [Thirsty Ear / V2]
17. Dirty Three ‘1000 Miles’ [Bella Union / Touch And Go]
18. John Martyn ‘Small Hours’ [Island]
19. Alpha ‘Sometime Later’ [Virgin, Melankolic]
20. Bernadette Greevy ‘Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen’ [Naxos]


The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or their respective record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.




“Old Hearts Reborn” is available now on Out On A Limb Records.



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October 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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