The American Spirit are a three-piece making the kind of thoughtful folk rock that fans of My Morning Jacket or Father John Misty might recognize. If there’s one thing their debut album, the enigmatically titled Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest, & Birth of Bishop Killborne, can be called, it’s diverse. Often shifting from dreamy, lackadaisical, free-roaming jaunts to fuzz-laden indie anthems to good ole’ folk ballads and everything in between.
The record is based on the processing of the recent suicides of two of singer/guitarist Gabriel Strycharz’s close friends. Themes of mourning and protest surfaced while trying to understand where the victims were and how it affected those who knew them. An emphasis on atmosphere and ambience makes it a spatially resonant album, definitely recommended for a listen with the biggest headphones you can find.
Download Wait For The Night below. The album is available February 24th via independent release.
Download The American Spirit – Wait For The Night mp3 (from Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest, & Birth of Bishop Killborne)
Calexico have announced a new album, Edge of the Sun, their first studio release since Algiers in 2012. It is a collaborative affair with contributions from Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from DeVotchka, Neko Case and plenty more.
The first taste is the jaunty, latin tinged Cumbia de Donde.
Have a listen. The album is out in April.
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
Laura Marling returns with her new album Short Movie which will be released through Virgin Records on the 23rd March – we’ve already posted the title track here.
The new album is a departure from previous releases, a freer and loser sound with a much bigger, electric feel. The latest track to be shared from it is False Hope.
Ethan Jano is a young folk singer, whose guttural vocals and peculiar delivery feel akin to the dust bowl protest songs of the 30s and 50s which blended traditional folk with rhythm and blues and even a bit of rockabilly swagger.
It is a musical style inherited from a working class life that he has always known – raised in rural Pennsylvania, he was one of eight children born into a borderline blue-collar family. Some of his earliest memories involve listening to his Dad and great uncle pick out old tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Bob Dylan.
We have a couple of contrasting tracks from his debut album I’ll Be Fine (out on the 10th February) for your listening pleasure. Check out the joyful strum of Wildfire and the poignant, reflective How You Should Be below.
At the very end of 2014 Mike Collins Jr. released a new record Tryin’ To Stay Ahead on Fork & Spoon Records.
He has got stories to tell having travelled the world – hitchhiking through Europe, hopping freight trains in North America, sleeping whereever he can, on a stranger’s couch or under the stars – busking his brand of one-man-band folk music.
Homesick Carolina Blues is the first single from the album.
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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Following the release of her critically acclaimed album The Innocents, Pennsylvanian artist Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering) will play two UK shows in February, on Saturday 21st at the Old Blue Last in London (free show), and the day after at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow
To mark the dates, their is a new video for album track Bad Magic directed by conceptual artist Joey Frank and shot using drones. It’s a work of cinematic beauty as Mering is shot from a birds-eye viewpoint, walking along the deserted beaches of The Far Rockaways and The Hamptons in a long black cape.
Watch it here.
The new album from Diagrams (aka ex-Tunng member Sam Genders), titled Chromatics was officially released today on Full Time Hobby. A blend of folk, electronica, synths and melodic pop that combine to deliver a calmer, warmer whole than his previous record Black Light.
Check out one of the standout tracks, the lovely Gentle Morning Song below.
Marika Hackman has revealed Ophelia, the third track from her forthcoming debut album, We Slept At Last, as well as announcing a Spring 2015 UK headline tour, which will go on sale this coming Friday 23rd January and kicks off on March 23rd in Leicester.
Listen to Ophelia below and check out all the tour dates..
Monday 23 – Leicester – The Musician
Tuesday 24 – Hull – Adelphi
Wednesday 25 – Stoke – Sugarmill
Thursday 26 – Birmingham – The Rainbow
Saturday 28 – Nottingham – Bodega
Monday 30 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
Tuesday 31 – London – Bush Hall
Wednesday 1 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 2 – Newcastle – Think Tank
Friday 3 – York – Duchess
Saturday 4 – Manchester – Night and Day
Sunday 5 – Glasgow – King Tuts
Thursday 9 – Bristol – Thekla
Friday 10 – Cardiff – St John’s Church
Saturday 11 – Aldershot – West End Centre
Sunday 12 – Bedford – Esquires
Tuesday 14 – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 15 – Southampton – Joiners