Archive for the ‘Acoustic’ Category

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Kyle Field of Little Wings, and Kramies have decided to release the first ‘Split- Trio’ or Tri-Single’ as some might put it.

The unique concept sees the three musicians each writing and recording an original song using only one instrument, their voice, and one microphone. Intentionally lo-fi, the recordings use no frills or studio tricks, making for an intimate release of home recordings.

The lathe-cut vinyl are sold out (although more are coming soon) but the album can be streamed or downloaded via Bandcamp.

Hear them all below.




Introducing >>> Copper Viper

Posted: August 24, 2018 in Acoustic, Folk, Music

London-based traditional folk duo Copper Viper have released their latest single Hung Up Alone.

Beginning intimately with just intricate vocal harmonies and the gentle hum of frogs croaking in the distance, a sense of warmth is immediately apparent. The pace then picks up as some mesmerising fiddle playing comes into play alongside melodic acoustic guitar, giving Hung Up Alone a classic British folk feel.

Listen here.


Hailing from Amsterdam, Dusty Stray features the alt-folk repertoire of Texan expat Jonathan Brown. He delves into universal themes of unrequited love, heartbreak, loneliness, and death, but (almost) always with a small dose of hope and redemption. The melodic, lightly psychedelic acoustic-based songs are often accompanied by a number of unusual instruments and toys.

He grew up in Texas as the son of a preacher man. Raised on songs about death and resurrection, his fifth album Estranged will see a release on the Great Waters label in October. Have a listen to Through The Atmosphere which should appeal to anyone with a taste for the Handsome Family or Bonnie “Prince” Billy.


  1. Parquet Courts – Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World  (Ramones cover)
  2. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – London Is Burning
  3. Woolen Men – Brick Horizon
  4. Muncie Girls – Falling Down
  5. Sinister Purpose – Warp Yr Head
  6. The Shifters – Work/Life, Gym Etc
  7. Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Pack Animals
  8. together PANGEA – Money On It (Acoustic)
  9. Elephant Micah – Surf B
  10. Thee MVPs – American Dreamin’












Lots and lots of good new stuff this week…lucky thirteen in fact!

  1. Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
  2. Father John Misty – Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All
  3. T. Hardy Morris – Be
  4. Fidlar – Alcohol
  5. Okkervil River – Famous Tracheotomies
  6. Wavves – All Star Goth
  7. Tancred – Queen Of New York
  8. Iceage – The Day The Music Dies
  9. Mazzy Star – Quiet, The Winter Harbour
  10. Jim James – Just A Fool
  11. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Hold That Thought
  12. American Wrestlers – Ignoramus
  13. Milk Carton Kids – One More For The Road















  1. Dr. Dog – Heart Killer
  2. Haley Heynderickx – Rex’s Blues  (Townes Van Zandt cover)
  3. Beach Skulls – That’s Not Me
  4. Mourn – Barcelona City Tour
  5. Wedding – Hands In The Till
  6. Amyl And The Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny
  7. Culture Abuse – Calm E
  8. Crocodylus – My Love
  9. Jessica Risker – I See You Among The Stars











  1. Eels – Bone Dry
  2. Joan Shelley – The Bridge  (Dolly Parton cover) feat Bonnie Price Billy
  3. Breakfast Muff – Patient
  4. Manchester Orchestra – No Hard Feelings  (Avett Brothers cover)
  5. Hinds – Finally Floating
  6. Laura Veirs – Lightning Rod
  7. Medistation – Pool Of Blood
  8. Wye Oak – Lifer
  9. Eureka California – Mexican Coke











Among Horses is a wonderful collaborative project from the Son Canciones label.

They put two musicians who do not know each other in a horse farm in the middle of nowhere in the north of Spain (the label is based in Barcelona), and they get one week to get to know each other, become pals, write six songs and record them, surrounded only by pine woods and 60 old horses.

The first Among Horses was released last year, a collaboration between Withered Hand & a Singer of Songs. The second features singer-songwriters Zoe Boekbinder (New Orleans) and Dustin Hamman (Portland), along with a bunch of instruments.  The fabulous result is Among Horses II, recorded using solar power – six songs of staggering beauty. About old horses. About death and hope and love. About relaxing your fist to hold the other person’s hand.

Listen to opening track Sixty Horses, and purchase via Bandcamp here.

I want sixty Spanish horses to carry me home
My heart is settled but still I roam
I found paradise but I don’t wanna stay
I want sixty Spanish horses to carry me away


Mary Gauthier just has one of those voices. Unmistakeable, mesmerising, and thought-provoking. Everything she does, and says, is worth listening to.

She has a new album, Rifles & Rosary Beads, out today via In The Black / Thirty Tigers. Four years in the making, it is a collaborative record in the sense that the eleven songs were co-written with wounded veterans in the SongwritingWith: Soldiers retreats.

Just listen to the poignant and evocative The War After The War below, with it’s gorgeous violin backdrop and insistent guitar as well as (we suspect) what will be one of our favourite opening verses of any song we hear this year.

Who’s going to care for the ones
who care for the ones who went to war?
There’s landmines in the living room
and eggshells on the floor


Our sixth Festive offering is a cracking version of Wham’s Last Christmas by Sera Cahoone.

Top banana.