Album review: FAY & LATTA – Dust To Stars

FAY & LATTA - Dust To Stars

Release date [03.18]

Ex-Exoterik hard rockers Tom and Anneka Fay (nee Latta) continue their one man, one woman, acoustic soft rock journey that they so successfully began in 2008 with The View From Here, and capped with the wonderfully chilled Beauty In Chaos (2012).

Dust To Stars picks up where that album left off, with the Yorkshire based Anglo-Irish duo delivering another captivating long player that provides the perfect backdrop to the long hot balmy summer of 2018.

With their accessible, radio friendly, brand of songwriting and Fay’s timeless vocal style, – think a blend of All About Eve’s Julianne Regan and two ‘lost’ late eighties/early nineties singers  Jan Johnston of JJ, and Siobhan Maher of River City People – (in particular on the haunting ‘Letting Go’) and you have just about the perfect female-fronted soft rock combination.

‘Those Three Words’ – a ‘top down’ hit the highway song would be the perfect vehicle for Stevie Nicks, ‘Just Getting By’ adds a smidgeon of Celtic folk to the mood, and an element of Spanish guitar in the breezy and wistful ‘Satellites’.

Two departures see the sublime instrumental ‘Time Is Not Our Friend’ with its shimmering guitar lines, and a moving guest vocal spot on ‘Rise Or Fall’ from Leeds-based singer songwriter Wilson, whose own album – Serpentine – the duo featured on.

An absolute ‘must have’ for fans of the genre.  ****

Review by Pete Whalley




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