Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

London based country-infused rock quintet Sleep Eaters will soon unveil their EP Holy Days on 9th August  via Stockholm’s ever reliable PNKSLM Recordings.

We were excited by their debut single Ghost on Fire last year and if anything Bad Love from the new EP is even better. It follows on from first taster Don’t Sell Your Soul and both are brilliant country-infused takes on garage rock.

Loving these – have a listen. Buy the EP here.

 

 

Here is a round-up of some new songs and videos from the likes of Kevin Morby, Fat White Family, Eels, The Cadillac Three, Honeyblood, Justin Townes Earle and plenty more.

Some damn good stuff. Dive in…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Felice Brothers have shared Special Announcement from their upcoming long player Undress.

From the opening bars and lyrics “I’m saving up my money to be President, I can promise more berries on Blueberry Hill, I can promise you this, Charlie Parker on a ten dollar bill”,  it is a classic Felice Brothers tune – a rolling folk shuffle, a singalong chorus and those acerbic, surreal lyrics that express all the frustration and exasperation with our crooked financial ways just keep coming throughout, “all the Corporate goons, all the mobsters eating lobsters in dim lit rooms“.

Brilliant stuff – have a listen.

 

Loving these two tracks from Spectator.

The band consists of wife and husband duo, Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert, who first met in 2006 in Saint Louis, Missouri. After years of playing each other’s songs, they began to cultivate their individual ideas that naturally blended together to form Spectator. Apparently the duo draws comparisons to the dream-pop sensibilities of Mazzy Star and early Tennis, which can definitely be heard in latest single The Only One, but the previous single, Weight, is a far more muscular affair that calls to mind the folk-rock of Lord Huron and the guitar wig-outs of Wye Oak.

Both tracks come from their second full length album Charlie, Baby, which is released on April 12th. Stream them below.

 

 

Inspired by artists like Leonard Cohen, Ane Brun, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alela Diane, and Joni Mitchell amongst others, Vilma Flood is a songwriter from the northern part of Sweden.

She has shared a track called Green Eyed Moron (great title) and her powerful, dark and vibrating voice is combined with big marching drums, acoustic guitars and pedal steel to deliver a really compelling and intoxicating slab of melancholic, bluesy Americana. It reminds us of Jolie Holland or Gretchen Peters no less.

Liking this one a lot. Give it a spin below.

 

We never quite finished off our regular weekend post and already we have had new songs from the wonderful Felice Brothers, Mountain Goats and Mac DeMarco amongst others this week. So what the heck, why not mash ’em all into one (lazy) post of some great new tunes from the last 10 days.

So we have.

  1. Cabbage – Torture
  2. Felice Brothers – Poor Blind Birds
  3. Big Thief – UFOF
  4. Mac DeMarco – Nobody
  5. Stella Donnelly – Tricks
  6. The Mountain Goats – Cadaver Sniffing Dog
  7. Mountain Man – Take Me Home, Country Roads  (John Denver cover)
  8. Kevin Morby – No Halo
  9. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – In The Capital
  10. Strand Of Oaks – Keys
  11. The Tough Shits – Late Bloomer
  12. Sam Evian – Cherry Tree
  13. Wand – Thin Air
  14. Frog – God Once Loved A Woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few tasty videos and new songs for you. From the meditative melancholy of The Tallest Man On Earth, the biting psych-pop of She Drew The Gun and Steve Earle’s latest tribute to Guy Clark to the more raucous end of the spectrum and the pummelling post punk of Crows, Taco Mouth’s fiery take down of Trump, some brilliant Stooges style rumblings from Black Futures, experimental electronic punk from Sistertalk’s debut single and irresistible garage pop from Honeymilk.

Enjoy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Townes Earle is set to return with The Saint of Lost Causes on May 24th. It is the follow up to his excellent 2017 album Kids In The Street, and spans everything from traditional country, blues and folk to western swing, roots-rock and boogie-woogie.

The first taste is Ain’t Got no Money, a pared back, uptempo Country rocker that has a touch of the Choctaw Bingo’s about the riff and some mighty fine wailing harmonica to boot.

Loving this…