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Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, who released a critically acclaimed collaborative album Droneflower on Sacred Bones earlier this year have shared two cover songs that make up a new single via Sacred Bones – Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight and Extreme’s More Than Words.

Being unfortunately old enough to be of an age where I can remember the original, it must be said that I absolutely loathed In the Air Tonight, and still do, but when Marissa Nadler says “We wanted to make a creepy, sexy version...”, then I’m prepared to give it a listen. This should have been the original is all I can say…

Listen to both here.

 

 

Return of Arborist

Posted: November 8, 2019 in Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music
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Delighted to get the news that Taxi is the first single to be taken from the new album, A Northern View, from MM fave Arborist.

A stand-out, jolt-from-the-blue, set-piece, Taxi is a spoken word epic story inspired by Arab Strap, Belle and Sebastian and James Yorkston, who have made the droll Scottish storyteller’s delivery a constant. As singer-songwriter Mark McCambridge explains, “I wanted to do something similar with the Northern Irish voice. It’s a story about a claim from my Dad’s cousin and good friend through his youth, Henry McQuillan, that he conceived the idea of turning a famous Irish traditional song into a rock song.”

Arborist first came to the attention in 2015 with their brillaint debut single, the Americana tinged Twisted Arrow, that features an astonishing duet with Kim Deal of The Breeders and featured highly both in our Best of 2015 lists and our Best of the Last Ten Years countdown.

Great to have Arborist back, and some tour dates below for you too.

 

See Arborist live

Fri 16th Nov 2019 – Ulster Sports Club, BELFAST
Fri 31st Jan 2020 – The Band Room – LOW MILL, YORKSHIRE [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Sat 1st Feb – Northern Rock Foundation Hall, GATESHEAD [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Tues 4th Feb – The Railway Inn, WINCHESTER [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Wed 5th Feb – Mothers Ruin, BRISTOL [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Thurs 6th Feb – Fat Lils, WITNEY [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Fri 7th Feb – St Davids City Hall, St Davids, WALES [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Fri 14th Feb – PhilGrimes, WATERFORD, IRELAND
Fri 15th Feb – Set Theatre, KILKENNY, IRELAND

Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins, will release his debut album Glacial Pace on 6th December via the wonderful Woodsist label.

Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of Glacial Pace after a trip to Death Valley – coming across a clearing full of burnt out, vandalized vehicle carcasses inspired him to write about desolation and the things we leave behind.

The first single is the gorgeously melancholic Apartment Houses – well worth three minutes of your day we’d suggest!

 

 

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Vetiver are back with a new album Up On High (out in October) and will be playing live in the UK in December.

Have a listen to the acoustically styled, lush folk of To Who Knows Where with its lovely pastoral psych-pop flourishes.

Gorgeous stuff.

Live Dates

7 Dec 19 – Liverpool @ 81 Renshaw
8 Dec 19 – Manchester @ YES
9 Dec 19 – Durham @ Old Cinema Launderette
10 Dec19 – Edinburgh @ Sneaky Pete’s
11 Dec 19 – Glasgow @ Mono
13 Dec 19 – Leeds @ Headrow House
14 Dec 19 – Birmingham @ The Cuban Embassy
15 Dec 19 – Brighton @ The Brunswick
16 Dec 19 – Bristol @ Rough Trade
17 Dec 19 – London @ O2 Academy2 Islington

After a wait of more than 13 years, the wonderful Isobel Campbell is back with details of a new solo album There Is No Other (out on January 31st). It seems she has been fighting legal battles since 2016 to get this record released – thank goodness she didn’t throw in the towel.

The first single is the gorgeously gentle psychedelic folk of Ant Life. Watch the video here.

 

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After not posting any covers for what seems like a good while, we’ve already shared a couple of cracking ones this week from METZ and Whyte Horses, so it seemed appropriate to keep the run going and finish Friday with one more.

Something nice and mellow too, as we have Ana Egge’s duet with renowned folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent for their cover of Diana Jones’ Ballad of the Poor Child.

The song serves as the third single from Egge’s upcoming album Is It the Kiss, out September 6 via StorySound Records (pre-order here).

 

See her live in the autumn:

Oct 28 – Birmingham @ The Kitchen Garden Cafe
Oct 30 – Camden @ Green Note
Nov 2 – Steering @ Sakala Steyning
Nov 4 – Brighton @ The Greys

 

Here are ten new tunes all nicely collected up for you in one easy post – from the righteous fury of IDLES and Honey Lung to the traditional folk of Bonny Light Horseman and Devendra Banhart. We also have new songs from the likes of the Lumineers, Parsnip, New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen and The Growlers.

Whatever floats your boat, there is something here to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following on from yesterday’s Round Up (Part 1), here are a few quieter, more reflective tunes.

But all equally good!

First up is Katie Toupin, ex of Houndmouth, and the title track to her new album. Magnetic Moves is a gem of hook filled indie pop.

 

We’re big, big fans of Frog’s ‘wyrd Americana’, and they do not disappoint with latest track Black Friday from upcoming album Count Bateman. Once again it is a lyrical gem… “In this country we go tat for tat, wasted bumming a cigarette / Do you wanna sit and sing to me / Barefoot not a pot to piss in these motherfuckers won’t ever listen / Do you wanna get a drink with me.”

 

With the release of A Dream is U coming around the corner, Francis Lung’s video for Up & Down could also double up as a tour of the grottiest spots Manchester has to offer. It follows a young woman after she murders an anonymous man in a hotel room. We tag along with her through her self-destructive path to oblivion as she wanders the streets at night, drinking copious amounts of tonic wine. She happens upon a northern karaoke bar where she sings her swan song as police sirens sound in the distance.

 

Taking in elements of folk and Americana but ultimately producing a kind of outsider pop, hd hausmann recall the early works of The National or David Kitt crossed with Leonard Cohen’s poetic charms. Whilst his deep velvety vocal consistently raises comparisons to Tom Waits. The gently hypnotic A Modern Weight is the second single to be taken from hd hausmann’s recently released album Find A Weight, Form A Ground, (out via Panda Cassettes).

 

Adam Green has shared the video for his ominous track Cheating On A Stranger.  He says, “The song is about finding yourself submerged in a wasteland, some kind of second-life where there are empty replacements for everything you knew. You try to embrace this new world, but the more you squeeze it, the more the air comes out.

 

Sun Blood Stories is a mass of harmonic noise distilled into sometimes delicate, but always haunting songs. This is Up Comes The Tunnel from forthcoming long player Haunt Yourself.

 

Folk-pop artist Shannon Lay will release August, her Sub Pop debut, on 23 August. This is the contemplative Death Up Close.

 

Sam Evian has shared an infectiously fervent interpretation of Gerry Rafferty’s beloved Right Down the Line. Of his choice to cover the 1978 Song of the Summer, Sam says, “At the end of the ‘You, Forever’ recording session, we had a little room left at the end of the tape reel so we decided to do a cover. “Right Down the Line” is one of my favorite songs and I covered it because I wanted to learn how to sing all those harmonies on the chorus.

 

Having recently announced the release of their debut album How To Live, available 23rd August via Bella Union plus an Autumn tour, Modern Nature have shared Footsteps, the second single from the forthcoming album,

 

Finally, Only In Retrospect, the new single from Bay Area group Getaway Dogs, drenches the atmosphere with ethereal, finger picked guitar and breathy vocals. File under spacey psychedelic dreamsurf.

 

Scary Hours create unsettling and raw anti-folk, rich with socio-political humor and the confrontational spirit of punk and hardcore.

Band spearhead Ryan Struck is officially from Jersey, but his songwriting is chock full of references to work life in NYC. The term “Scary Hours” is actually pulled from the Wu Tang Clan track from their 97’ album Forever. 

Scary Hours was conceptualized with the intent of writing stripped down acoustic songs, and while it contains some of the jingle and gloss of punk-tinged acoustic pop, the debut album is more basement show than coffee shop – Elvis Costello meets Lawrence Arms maybe, or possibly a Bukowski-esque Bright Eyes.

Check out the title(ish) track and the excellent Circling Shit from the debut album (released last week on Pyrrhic Victory Recordings) as well as a cover (download for free) of Elliott Smith’s Ballad of Big Nothing.