Tom Brosseau – Hard Luck Boy

Tom Brosseau - Hard Luck Boy

We’ve already posted a track this week, just a couple of days ago in fact, from Tom Brosseau’s forthcoming long player Perfect Abandon, the sweet folkish ramble of Take Fountain.

However, as soon as we heard Hard Luck Boy, we knew we had to share this too.

It is a tale of casual, yet wholly deliberate abandonment, told in an autobiographical style. Conversational, matter of fact, exact on observed details and minutiae, and ultimately heart breaking.

Left to play ‘fort’ in a rack of sale garments by his mother, he watches the lights eventually go down and the shop close up, and little Tommy realises he has simply been left “four or five” states from home in a city he’s never been to before.

In a way it is reminiscent of classic Arlo Guthrie in style and delivery yet in contrast to his good natured, stoned and rambling tales of being stoned, Hard Luck Boy is equal parts upsetting, puzzling and chilling in its matter-of-factness, and is a mini masterpiece of storytelling.

We are looking forward to the release of Perfect Abandon immensely…

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Video Premiere: Skye Steele – Growing Song

Premiere: Skye Steele - Growing SOngWe are delighted to bring you the premiere of Skye Steele’s video for his outstanding track Growing Song that comes from his recently released album Up From The Bitterroot.

Written in response to a poem his friend Katie Ludwick, who goes by the artist name Ladypajama, wrote on the impending birth of her son Jorge Danger. The video depicts Ladypajama writing the song on the walls of her art studio accompanied by the now-2-year-old Jorge.

The track slowly unfurls over six and a half minutes, beginning with a single plucked banjo and Steele’s soothing vocals, before rising and falling between the contagious and the affecting – sometimes abuzz with energy and sometimes swirling and subtle. Central to it all is the relationship with the words of the poem – a merging of rhythms and timbres that create a compelling and deeply resonant whole.

Of the song itself Skye says, “The song is all about the ineffable lines of connection that link us together and how they loop back upon themselves, binding us closer. The entire creation of this song and video illustrate the same idea – Ladypajama and I have been friends, mostly communicating via hand-written letters, for twenty years. So for me to write a song after her poem, and then to have her write it out by hand in the video keeps looping that line of connection around and around.

Watch it below. Order the album here.

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Tuesday Morning Video Round Up

Much like yesterday’s Monday morning round-up post, we’ve now selected just a few of the excellent videos that have arrived in our in-box over the past few days and weeks for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.

So without further ado start with the wonderful old time banjo of Willie Watson at Pickathon, and by way of Andy Shauf, Darren Hayman, The Asylums, Streets Of Laredo, The April Maze, Chastity Belt, and John Joseph Brill arrive at the of gothic, noir-folk of Robert Chaney.

Enjoy the ride.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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New Video: Tom Brosseau – Roll Along With Me

The excellent Tom Brosseau returns with a brand new album, Perfect Abandon, out on the 3rd March via Crossbill Records.

For now, watch the beautiful video for the lead single, Roll Along With Me.

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<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/109960189″>Tom Brosseau – Roll Along With Me</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/andrewvanbaal”>Andrew van Baal</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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The Migrant – Flood

The Migrant - Flood

We were big fans of previous releases by The Migrant, a Danish folksinger of “psychedelic travel stories“, and two years after the release of Beads, he is back with a new album The Flood which has just seen the light of day.

The album opens with the easy-going strum and yearning vocals of Climbers, which soon turns into a surreal tale of bath-tubs, goats, beer and fireworks.

I was a-climbing a mountain
when I came across a goat
he said jump on my back now
I can use an extra coat

Check it out below, together with another standout track in Belly of a Man.

 

Buy The Flood via Bandcamp here.

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See our other posts on The Migrant here.