Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

It’s been ages since we’ve posted a round up of some of the new music videos we’ve liked. Here then is a Sunday treat for you…eight of the best.

Kevin Morby’s title track off his forthcoming record, City Music nearly hits the 7-minute mark and challenges what fans may have come to expect from him. The song builds like a slowly accelerating subway train, as does this deeply impressionistic video.

 

During a UK tour early last year, Grand Rapids four-piece Heaters spent a day off in a South London studio to lay down a live album – the result is the band’s excellent and totally debauched addition to the Fuzz Club Session series. This video from the session – a scuzzy rendition of Cap Gun is just under five minutes of lethargic, sun-soaked garage-rock that oozes with a hopeful, lysergic goodness. The reverb-coated vocals float effortlessly over jangling surf rock guitars and a spaced out psychedelic groove, like an utterly cosmic take on Nuggets-era 60s garage.

 

Yungblud, aka 19 year old Dominic Harrison has been surrounded by music all his life. Born and raised in a family in love with music; Harrison’s father was a vintage guitar dealer and his grandfather played with T-Rex in the 70s. Spoon fed music like The Clash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan since birth – he’s been playing guitar and singing since he can remember. Blending superbly catchy lyrical quips, with explosive pop rock-tinged instrumentation, King Charles is a massively confident, and finely executed first offering.

 

How quickly do you think you could eat 1kg of hummus? Ethan and Skinny from Sail On! Sail On! set to find out if they could get through it in the 2:50 running time of their latest single, Hobart.

 

Following the release of their excellent album You’re Welcome, Wavves have shared a new video for Stupid in Love, a tongue in cheek statement on the state of romance in the 21st century.

 

Los Angeles based Prism Tats (the project of South African transplant Garett van der Spek) has released a new single, the fuzzed-out rocker The Liar and the video is a surprisingly disturbing visual metaphor about the themes of the song.

 

Andy Shauf’s The Party was a concept album of sorts, the story of all the different unsavoury characters that come and go at a small town gathering… full of humour and melancholy, it’s a great record and we have a new video for Early To The Party.

 

Finally, up and coming death-gospel female artist Louise Lemón hails from Sweden and intertwines the dark, windy and cold Scandi ambiance into her music. Having recorded her debut EP Purge in a haunted cabin, the setting is eerie and many light years away from the current pop landscape. The single Appalacherna is airy, dreamy, dusty, nostalgic and melancholic, but the official video, shot in the Californian desert  is… airy, nightmarish, dusty, nostalgic and… mysterious on the verge of disturbing…

 

  1. Chad VanGaalen – Old Heads
  2. Mutual Benefit – Diamond Day (Vashti Bunyan cover)
  3. Jen Cloher – Forgot Myself
  4. Lo Tom – Covered Wagon
  5. The Deslondes – (This Ain’t A) Sad Song
  6. NØMADS – Dementophobia
  7. Winter – Jaded
  8. Offa Rex – The Old Churchyard
  9. The Yawpers – Mon Dieu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re not yet familiar Erin Rae’s story, she is East Nashville’s go to harmony girl. If you’re listening to a record by Margo Price, Andrew Combs, Anderson East or chatting to Richard Thompson or Aaron Lee Tasjan – they will sing her praises.

Now she is finally taking her turn in the spotlight with new single Wild Blue Wind – shimmering analogue synths are balanced with siren like slide guitar – all washed over with her hazy honey-eyed vocal tone that has drawn comparisons as diverse as Feist and Aimee Mann.

Have a listen.

 

 

Friday Round Up

We have a hopelessly inadequate amount of time to listen to all the new music we receive, even after we automatically filter out the remixes, electro-bangers, and crappy dance tunes we get sent.

So here is a hasty pick and mix selection for you of some of the best of recent weeks – just dive in…

 

Rainy Sundays comes from a Tomkins Square reissue of Will Beeley’s 1979 album Passing Dream, it showcases his emerging tough, husky, alt-country sound, presaging modern day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson.

 

Erin Rae’s new single is Like The First Time, which has a lovely languid feel combined with retro fuzz drenched guitar solos. Think European 60s psyche guitar soundscapes created by the Beatles and Yardbirds combined with creatively disparate influences such as Richard Harley, Wilco and Michael Nau.

 

With a deep reverence for all things Grateful Dead, The Dan Ryan aren’t afraid to allow their songs to open and evolve in their own time while also holding on to the folk tradition of Texas natives like Townes Van Zandt, whose picking style and strong narratives sits as the base coat to Guidance which is the title track of their forthcoming long player.

 

Johnny Kills are a garage-surf-indie-rock trio based in Brighton/London/York and Let’s Talk About Me is their excellent self-released debut single.

 

The Big Drops have just released their latest single, the trippy psych-folk of Gong Gong Jar. They describe it thus, “This song is about letting go of the imaginary drug induced monkey inside your head and going with the flow of it all. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The aristocrats sucking up to the king. The monkey’s in control of the human spaceship.

 

Norway’s Sløtface have shared new track Nancy Drew one of the band’s most hard-hitting releases to date. The new single continues in Sløtface’s fiery feminist footsteps, with vocalist Haley Shea reimagining the track’s teen detective namesake as the noble vanquisher of indie rock’s boys’ club. “My girl is wiping slates clear / And I long for the look / And a soundtrack of women who all know what’s up / I keep hearing their cherry bombs through the walls,” she seethes amid sneaky, plundering guitars.

 

Warsaw Radio are a Brighton based folk five-piece band. Channelling big folk-pop moments reminiscent of Frank Turner, while throwing in inspirations of Wilco and Fleetwood Mac, Still Have You to Hold is a bold mix of the relevant and the retro.

 

With the gloomy psychedelia of The Growlers, self assured swagger of The Velvet Underground, spaced out vocals of Jesus & Mary Chain and the expansive instrumentation of Brian Jonestown MassacreDream Joints weave together a patchwork of influences to create a unique sound that stretches from vampiric to blissful. Check out Everyday Obstacle from new album Just Like Medicine.

 

Also from Brighton, Other States are a six piece psychedelic indie band that tell desert stories of stragglers and strays. New single Make Amends has a seductive tone and laidback groove underpinned by western style guitars and smooth Americana, all the while frontman Mark S. Aaron’s baritone croon spins a romantic tale.

 

The new single from BANNERSSomeone to You, is an uplifting and universal track that has elements that recall Mumford & Sons (when they weren’t shit).

 

We’ve already shared Dark Horse the first track from America, the upcoming solo album from Howling Bells singer-songwriter Juanita Stein (out 28th July via Nude).

Now we have I’ll Cry, a song of which she says, “It is a musical ode to the all American greats I took my cues from as a budding songwriter. Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and the work of Phil Spector, all of whom made a significant imprint on my heart, I’m forever channeling that soulful sadness. I’ll Cry is a song that speaks of an impossible love, his resistance, her infatuation. Never a happy ending.

Listen below, and also check out her UK tour dates for July and August.

 

UK Tour Dates 

Fri 7th July – Bluedot Festival, (headlining 2nd stage) Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
Sun 9th July – British Summer Time with Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers –  Hyde Park
, London
Sun 23rd July – Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire
Sat 29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival – Cheery Hinton Hall, Cambridge
Tue 1st August – The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wed 2nd August – Thousand Island, London – TICKETS on sale on Friday 2 June

Despite already sharing some great new songs this week from Deer Tick, Quiet Hollers, She Keeps Bees, WaxahatcheeHappyness and Alvvays this week, we’ve also rounded up a collection of eight more cracking new tunes for you too. Enjoy.

  1. PJ Harvey & Ramy Essam – The Camp
  2. Diet Cig – Together We Can Conquer Whatever
  3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Fare You Well, My Little Annie Darling
  4. Iron & Wine – Call It Dreaming
  5. Oh Sees – The Static God
  6. Torres – Skim
  7. Hater – Coming Down
  8. Ride – Lannoy Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She Keeps Bees have dropped a new track, the grungy, heavy-slow strum of Head Of Steak, which takes on Donald Trump’s self-interest and climate change denial.

The lyrics are quite explicit, which is fitting because I find the current administration to be completely vulgar.” says Jessica Larrabee. All profit from the first year of sales will be donated to organisation Earth Justice. The song is also the B-side of Our Bodies, a forthcoming limited edition 7″ vinyl.

the emperor with no clothes on
walking around, bare ass in a crown
head of steak, you deal in snake oil
poison our Mother for a fucking dollar

About sums it up. Listen here.

 

More From Quiet Hollers

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Americana, Indie, Music, Rock
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Following on from Medicine, the first track from Quiet Hollers’ forthcoming new album Amen Breaks, we now have the reflective St. Valentine’s Boys for your undoubted listening pleasure.

Watch the video below which features lead singer Shadwick Wilde breaking into some mean calisthenics and DIY dance moves, lending to the whimsical nature of the video. He describes the narrator in the song, a type of enforcer working for a mob-boss version of Saint Valentine, the patron saint of love. He goes around breaking hearts, a euphemism he likes to use, doing someone else’s dirty work, when he wishes he could just lay in bed in the morning and listen to the birds. He also sees the end coming, but he doesn’t want to spoil it for anyone.

 

 

 

The Return Of Deer Tick

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Americana, Country, Indie, Music, Rock
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For the first time in four years much loved MM faves Deer Tick have announced the September 15 release of a long-awaited new album…actually, two. Never a group to stand by conventional protocol, the Providence, RI quartet will release two separate albums of original material, Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2.

Deer Tick Vol. 1 showcases the folk-driven, roots/rock style with just the right amount of grit, that Deer Tick is known for. Lead singer/songwriter John McCauley is a masterful introspective and observational songwriter, who documents inner struggles and external conflicts with a perfect balance of heartfelt sincerity and wry wit.

On Deer Tick Vol. 2, the band turns it up and lets it fly with an injection of punk-inspired garage rock at it’s finest. Clever lyrics, infectious hooks and captivating melodies pack Vol. 2 with bassist Christopher Ryan skillfully laying it down with authority and attitude.

Listen to to the beautiful Sea Of Clouds from Vol. 1 and the rowdy, garage punk-infused It’s A Whale from Vol. 2.

Welcome back boys!

 

 

 

Creating an intriguing mishmash of musical styles – soundtrack surf, weird pop and Americana, Surfing Magazines are a new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club.

Declaring that they intend to ‘rock out and blow your mind, and then mellow out and soothe your mind, then rock out again’, they have more than lived up to their promise with the excellent Lines and Shadows – the first song to be taken from their self-titled album, due for release on Moshi Moshi on 1st September.

Have a listen.