Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

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.