Richey’s ‘Edgeland’ is a follow-up to 2013’s Thorn In My Heart that finds her working in Nashville with producer Brad Jones and a bunch of seasoned studio hands including Dan Dugmore, Pat McLaughlin, Chuck Prophet and Robyn Hitchcock. It’s also very much a collaborative affair in terms of the writing, Richey taking only one solo credit with the twilight and starry skies atmospherics of the mellotron and keyboards-based ballad Black Trees. On this album her touchstones remain very much intact; it’s based in country music, but the introspection is widescreen and any of that typical Nashville parochialism is left in favour of a dark humour and biting wit. The album bristles with influences that sound to these ears a lot like indie-pop, the Americana of The Jayhawks or Whiskeytown and a little bit of modern folk music. Fantastic stuff!