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Alycea & the X Isles / Press

"A folk rock band from NYC, Alycea and The X Isles have effectively captured the mood of the socially concerned with their album “Thirteen Moons”. In many ways, this album seems to hail from the days of sixties protest singers and is pervaded by the ghost of their sense of social injustice."

" There’s a strong world music influence at work, although the tracks flow seamlessly between the fiddle led folk of Second Avenue, the nomadic Spanish textures of Galicia, Never Been A Fighter’s r&b organ backed groove and gospel handclaps, the gentle acoustic ripples of By My Side and the straight ahead 70s pop rock Steal Your Days. This with a side order of rap on the bluesy Piper To Pay, pounding tablas and mandolin sharing space for Take Me Back (Australia) and the jazzy lopes that are True Friends and Wasting My Time’s Latin coloured sway.There’s plenty going on without the songs ever feeling overcrowded. Her slightly smoky tones (though she can belt it out when required) should, like the album as a whole, be much appreciated by those who would have liked 10,000 Maniacs to be a little more Womad.."

"The blend is effortless, the interplay instinctive and the music fits together without a seam in sight. The American folk vein is strong throughout – no doubting where this originates, however, the blend pulls in ethnic folk, rock, blues and roots influences and styles and forges an intuitive, intrinsic entity...For me the stand out track is ‘Let The Rain Fall’ - and believe me you'll love it."