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Vetiver – Wanted Never Asked

Posted: October 11, 2019 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music
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Here is another taste from Vetiver’s new album Up On High, which is out on the 1st November.

Wanted Never Asked is described as “an ode to self-reflection, forgiveness and bird song“, and so it is, and it is a lovely tune for a Friday afternoon too.

Enjoy.

 

 

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Uncut’s free cover disc this month is a reinterpreting of seventeen Wilco songs by the likes of Cate Le Bon, Mountain Man, Whitney, Low, Sharon Van Etten and many others. All but one were specially recorded for the CD and there are some cracking versions amongst them.

Here is a taste of the offerings from Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

 

 

 

 

Vancouver, BC duo Lightning Dust’s outstanding new album Spectre arrived in stores last Friday, via Western Vinyl.

The album was preceded by singles Run Away, Led Astray, A Pretty Picture (featuring Stephen Malkmus on guitar), and Devoted To, and now the band have shared the video for slacker anthem Competitive Depression, which put simply, is yet another fine example of their phenomenal songwriting.

Watch it here.

 

 

See them live in November:

23rd – London @ Corsica Studios
24th – Liverpool @ 24 Kitchen Street
25th – Glasgow @ Broadcast
26th – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club

Just genius…

 

 

 

Loup (Hide It Away) is a surprise new Halloween-themed single from Louisville’s Quiet Hollers. The single was built around an 8-bar loop of drums and guitar, in the home studio of Quiet Hollers’ singer-songwriter, Shadwick Wilde, who penned the lyrics in a notebook next to a doodle of musclebound wolf-man. “The song is about duality and desire,” says Wilde. “Night versus day, animal versus human, etc… how we can stifle our nature only for so long, before who (or what) we truly are ultimately breaks through.”

Wilde, who came out in 2018, calls the song a thinly-veiled metaphor for bisexuality. “Isn’t that why we’re still so drawn to werewolves in popular culture? Because they let us play out these primal fantasies of running wild and consuming with abandon.

Stream it here.

 

Vetiver – Swaying

Posted: September 23, 2019 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Vetiver have shared Swaying, the second single off their upcoming release Up On High. It’s a sweet, jangly banger that songwriter Andy Cabic calls an homage to his early heroes R.E.M. and The Feelies.

Enjoy…

 

Lightning Dust have shared another track, Run Away, from their forthcoming album Spectre, due out on the 4th October, via Western Vinyl.

“Run Away explores the hardships of change — when our minds resist it. It’s the battle between logic and emotion,” explains the band, multi-instrumentalist Joshua Wells and singer/guitarist Amber Webber. “A tense and sonically deranged one in which a backward pulse blips into an electric piano solo and builds to a cosmic eruption of dark disco rain”

Check it out here.

 

Nashville-based storyteller Jeremy Ivey has released his debut album The Dream and the Dreamer today.

Until now he has operated in the background, for years performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. At 40, Ivey is ready to take a step into the spotlight and on the evidence of this record it is long overdue.

Ivey cites everyone from the Beatles to Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan as influences, but the nine-song album manages to sound original and contemporary, hosting a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks drawing from country, folk and some gentle psychedelia.

Listen to a couple of outstanding songs from it below. Order via Bandcamp here.

 

 

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 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