Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

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

 

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Amber Webber and Josh Wells who make up the Vancouver based duo Lightning Dust have shared their video for new single Led Astray, the second from their forthcoming new album, Spectre.

Of the song and video, Amber says, “When the goblin inside our brain leads us on a trip though all the ugly sides of reality – steering us away from all our 500-thread count, buttery-smooth satin sheets, leaving us questioning our sanity and mortality. When I wrote this song, it was a slow, heavily reverbed-out ballad, a basic guitar/vocals number. Josh gave it the Kinks treatment with a sprinkle of Oasis tremolo guitar and a cosmic synth lead. The video was all Justin Gradin! He led us all through a butterfly-injured mindscape that leaves us in the hands of our ghost spaghetti guide and leads us to a sick parking lot jam between a punk lion, a hippie penguin and a jailbird monkey.

Watch /stream it below. Order the album here.

 

 

David Berman RIP

Posted: August 8, 2019 in Americana, Indie, Music, Rock
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I cannot tell you how miserable and desperately sad I am to hear about the passing of David Berman.

The Silver Jews were brilliant. Purple Mountain are were brilliant. He was brilliant.

The world truly is a darker (and God knows it is dark enough already) place for his loss.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London based country-infused rock quintet Sleep Eaters will unveil their debut EP Holy Days next week, on 9th August, via Stockholm’s PNKSLM Recordings.

With their country-infused take on garage rock, we’ve been looking forward to this one a lot – we’ve already shared a couple of tracks from it and now we have the psych-tinged darkness of Life of Sin to brighten up your Friday. It kicks off with a country tinged guitar line and benefits from the use of organic instrumentation – including a lap steel – and dueling guitars which shimmer above a propulsive shuffle, which doesn’t then let up over its full 2:41 duration.

Enjoy.

 

Bug Martin – Gutterball

Posted: August 1, 2019 in Americana, Country, Music
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Philadelphia based roots man Bug Martin is a storyteller.

Born in the basement of New Jersey, he is a singer-songwriter who creates moody, twangy alt-Country Americana. His wonderful Hank and Woody style dustbowl tunes evoke existential and confessional themes, often with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Newly released album Gutterball is a travelling record, relaying tales of hapless love and drunken wisdom stumbled upon along the way.

Listen to the fabulously venomous Hypocrite’s Rag and the equally good Lecher’s Boogie below, and order the album from Bandcamp here.

 

 

The Lumineers have released the music video for It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You, a song off their upcoming album III out September 13.

The album is a narrative told in three chapters, with songs from each chapter focusing on one primary character out of three generations of the fictional Sparks family. Each chapter is being released as an audio EP within the full-length album. Songs and videos from Chapter I, Gloria Sparks were released this past spring, and It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You marks the first release from the second chapter Junior Sparks, the grandson of the aforementioned Gloria. Chapter III will revolve around Gloria’s son, Jimmy Sparks.

Confused? We are. Never mind, just watch the video and check out the song here.

 

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.

 

Songwriter MC Taylor aka Hiss Golden Messenger has shared a new track, Cat’s Eye Blue, from his upcoming album Terms of Surrender.

His is a unique and experimental vision aligned to a magpie-like approximation of musical styles – drawing on the great American songbook to create emotional experiences that inspire devotees for life. In turns melancholic, joyful, eerie, bitter, restless and uplifting, the human psyche is laid out for inspection in a way that provokes and soothes in equal measure.

The world is a better place for talents like this – listen to the single below and order the album from Bandcamp here.

 

David Berman of the wonderfully literate and melancholic indie rockers Silver Jews is back after an absence of ten long years, with a new band Purple Mountains, and a self-titled debut album of the same name. I have to confess I’d missed the news and a couple of tracks have been floating around for a few weeks now – the marvellously named All My Happiness Is Gone and the possibly marginally more upbeat title Darkness and Cold.

More recently a third track Margaritas at the Mall has also surfaced. Listen to them all below and rejoice at his return with lines like “Lately I’ve been making strangers wherever I go” – just brilliant!

Order from Bandcamp here.