Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

Wounded Bird – Fall In Line

Posted: November 13, 2019 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music
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Wounded Bird is a male/female harmony-focused duo from Denver, Colorado (and not to be confused with (sadly) long gone MM indie-surf faves Two Wounded Birds).

Latest single Fall in Line is a sweetly stripped back affair of classic Americana, featuring acoustic guitar, fiddle and pedal steel along with their signature vocal harmonies.

Stream it here.

 

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Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins, will release his debut album Glacial Pace on 6th December via the wonderful Woodsist label.

Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of Glacial Pace after a trip to Death Valley – coming across a clearing full of burnt out, vandalized vehicle carcasses inspired him to write about desolation and the things we leave behind.

The first single is the gorgeously melancholic Apartment Houses – well worth three minutes of your day we’d suggest!

 

 

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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.

 

 

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

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…

 

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.

 

 

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.