Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

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.

 

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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 a wait of more than 13 years, the wonderful Isobel Campbell is back with details of a new solo album There Is No Other (out on January 31st). It seems she has been fighting legal battles since 2016 to get this record released – thank goodness she didn’t throw in the towel.

The first single is the gorgeously gentle psychedelic folk of Ant Life. Watch the video here.

 

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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

 

Amber Webber and Josh Wells who make up the Vancouver based duo Lightning Dust have shared their video for new single Led Astray, the second from their forthcoming new album, Spectre.

Of the song and video, Amber says, “When the goblin inside our brain leads us on a trip though all the ugly sides of reality – steering us away from all our 500-thread count, buttery-smooth satin sheets, leaving us questioning our sanity and mortality. When I wrote this song, it was a slow, heavily reverbed-out ballad, a basic guitar/vocals number. Josh gave it the Kinks treatment with a sprinkle of Oasis tremolo guitar and a cosmic synth lead. The video was all Justin Gradin! He led us all through a butterfly-injured mindscape that leaves us in the hands of our ghost spaghetti guide and leads us to a sick parking lot jam between a punk lion, a hippie penguin and a jailbird monkey.

Watch /stream it below. Order the album here.

 

 

Here are ten new tunes all nicely collected up for you in one easy post – from the righteous fury of IDLES and Honey Lung to the traditional folk of Bonny Light Horseman and Devendra Banhart. We also have new songs from the likes of the Lumineers, Parsnip, New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen and The Growlers.

Whatever floats your boat, there is something here to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tummyache – Median

Posted: July 25, 2019 in Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Tummyache is the rather good name for the new project from Soren Bryce. Compared to artists like Sharon Van Etten and Julien Baker, she recently shared her new single Median which is out tomorrow, and is taken from upcoming Hump Day EP (out soon on Poor Man Records).

We’re liking this a lot. Have a listen…and to the equally good previous single In Between too.

 

 

The Lumineers have released the music video for It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You, a song off their upcoming album III out September 13.

The album is a narrative told in three chapters, with songs from each chapter focusing on one primary character out of three generations of the fictional Sparks family. Each chapter is being released as an audio EP within the full-length album. Songs and videos from Chapter I, Gloria Sparks were released this past spring, and It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You marks the first release from the second chapter Junior Sparks, the grandson of the aforementioned Gloria. Chapter III will revolve around Gloria’s son, Jimmy Sparks.

Confused? We are. Never mind, just watch the video and check out the song 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.

 

Songwriter MC Taylor aka Hiss Golden Messenger has shared a new track, Cat’s Eye Blue, from his upcoming album Terms of Surrender.

His is a unique and experimental vision aligned to a magpie-like approximation of musical styles – drawing on the great American songbook to create emotional experiences that inspire devotees for life. In turns melancholic, joyful, eerie, bitter, restless and uplifting, the human psyche is laid out for inspection in a way that provokes and soothes in equal measure.

The world is a better place for talents like this – listen to the single below and order the album from Bandcamp here.