MALOJIAN

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This Is Nowhere ★★★ Roller­coaster Records

He’s no house­hold name, but Ste­vie Scul­lion is what you might call a stal­wart of the Ir­ish mu­sic scene. Lurk­ing in the shad­ows and turn­ing loose an al­bum ev­ery cou­ple of years, the Belfast­based mu­si­cian’s work­man­like ap­proach to mu­sic pays div­i­dends on his third al­bum as Malojian. Now play­ing as part of a trio, his lat­est col­lec­tion is as fine as any­thing that’s come be­fore, with some beau­ti­ful songcraft au­di­ble in the Lau­rel Canyon-style folky clat­ter of This Is Nowhere, the scuf­fled strut of I’ll Be Al­right and the win­some wood­wind of Lean on Me. Some of the more som­bre, slug­gish tracks ( You’re a Part of Me, Dam Song) are less en­gag­ing. Over­all, though, Scul­lion is creep­ing closer to per­fect­ing the win­ning for­mula that could pro­pel him from “nowhere” to “some­where”. malojian.com

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