Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

  1. TERRY – Take Me To The City
  2. Screaming Females – I’ll Make You Sorry
  3. Darlia – Beam Me Up
  4. Daddy Issues – High Street
  5. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires
  6. Yowler – Go
  7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Anymore
  8. Whitehorse – Nighthawks
  9. Mikah Wilson – Sweet Jules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically infectious, barnstorming and deadpan How To Boil An Egg is a standalone brand new track from Courtney Barnett.

It was recorded as a contribution to an new collaboration between two of Australia’s leading independent labels, Milk! Records (the label which she founded with partner Jen Cloher) and Bedroom Suck.

Have a listen.


Hailing from the coast of Cornwall, William The Conqueror are an indie-Americana trio that channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.

Debut album Proud Disturber Of The Peace is out via Loose on the 4th August and charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone.

Have a listen. You can also catch them at the Great Escape next week.

 

Quiet Hollers have announced a new album Amen Breaks, a record that draws parallels with the cultural crossovers and the anxieties of the 1970s, a decade marred by division, political corruption, and terrorism.

Long standing MM faves (they delivered our second favourite tune of 2015), the band have expanded their shape-shifting palate to include vintage drum machines and samples. On Amen Breaks, Quiet Hollers raise questions of spirituality, sexuality, and mental illness in tones that range from the cinematic to the psychedelic.

The first single from it is Medicine, a compelling personal story from frontman Shadwick Wilde about crippling anxiety, depression, existential malaise, and society’s attitudes toward medication and addiction.

Have a listen. The album is out on the 7th July.

Back in 2012 eclectic singer-songwriter Kyle Adem made the very upper echelons of our end-of-year best of lists with Brother Follow. Now he records as Adeem the Artist and his latest release is The Owl, a four track concept album about a doomed couple who find meaning in the Dead Kennedy’s, I Am The Owl as their chosen mythos.

Sitting somewhere between Conor Oberst and the Mountain Goats, his wonderful mix of Americana, folk, and beguiling indie-pop is still present and foremost, as are the lyrics that often unflinchingly spill over into darkness and despair.

Of the new record he says, “It follows a couple named Diego and Christine as they cope with injustice by way of addiction. It is an exploration of how the music we listen to frames and gives meaning to our personal experiences. It’s a tragic short story that takes place in Syracuse, NY where I spent the latter part of my youth and what you could call a rough draft at adulthood. Thus it is fiction imbued with memories. . . “

Check out And Your Body (“Searched the house to find the last few hydrocodone I had left, Wondering how many of our friends were probably dead, I sat and heard your desperate pleas until it was just me, And your body“), and then listen to album closer Imagine We Are Infinite with it’s wonderful opening “We sprayed the leaves in PCP, Carved a pipe from a zucchini“.

You get the picture. Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

 

Quicksilver Daydream is the gothic folk alias of singer-songwriter Adam Lytle. Already known for his work with Wild Leaves, his new project presents a pure distillation of his DIY ethic and his message of standing up for who you are and what you believe in.

The result is Echoing Halls, ten songs of longing draped in the murky arrangements of Mellotron strings, fuzz guitars and layered vocals.

Check out the title track below.

 

  1. Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts
  2. Lydia Loveless – Desire
  3. The Deslondes – Muddy Water
  4. Black Lips – Occidental Front
  5. Hunx & His Punx – Baby Of The Band
  6. Left Lane Cruiser – The Point Is Over Flowing
  7. The Geraldine Fibbers – Thank You For Giving Me Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juanita Stein will release her debut solo album, America, on Nude Records on 28th July 2017.

Stein, who is already known as the singer-songwriter with Howling Bells, has created an evocative and beautiful record, telling tales of characters real and imagined, her honeyed voice weaves stories of heartbreak and optimism, with Stein’s own experiences woven amongst them.

The first single from the album, Dark Horse, is out now and comes accompanied by a Texan road movie filmed when she was performing at SxSW festival earlier this year.

Watch / stream it here.

 

 

The first 100 Days project that has posted a new song for every day of Trump’s administration up ’til now has concluded with Phosphorescent’s wonderful cover of the alternative American national anthem, Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land.

 

“Sometime about a year ago
I heard “This Land Is Your Land”
And it brought me to tears
Like maybe most Americans I guess I’ve known it forever
It’s one of those magic ones that snuck through somehow
And slipped into the jet-stream of collective consciousness
Just like Woody Guthrie himself did
Somebody out there on the internet had made a collage of footage
Of thousands of folks singing this song together at Bernie Sanders rallies
Voices raised together in a spirit of generosity;
Then juxtaposed it with footage from Trump rallies from that time
People punching, spitting, yelling
So much hate and anger
So much ugliness;
Everyone at ease with the empty mean-ness of it all;
Everyone agreeing on impotent vile-ness
As basic human-ness
There were a handful of Phosphorescent shows around that time
And I started singing This Land Is Your Land during the set
But it didn’t then and still doesn’t now feel political
I’m not sure I fully grasp what constitutes “political”
The other night over a drink with a friend
It came up that I was gonna record this song for this 100 Days benefit
“Oh that’ll do it,” he joked, “That’ll fix everything.”
And I laughed cuz I reckon he is right in a lot of ways
And I can be as jaded as anybody
Depending on the hour, day, mood
But I don’t want to live there
So anyway, what is this politics?
Where does personal end and politics begin?
Are all songs political?
Is this a political song?
Regardless, does an 80-year-old folk song have any purchase in 2017?
Do “most Americans” know it?
Does that matter?
Does this / Can this do anything
As relates to the 100th day in office
Of a “President” of a “Nation” ?
I don’t know
I only know that it speaks to that looming thing
That has stayed near me my whole life;
That thing that wants nothing to do with fear
Or selfishness or pettiness or greed;
That thing which blindly and stubbornly
Persists in believing in the sweetness of this world
It speaks to that thing and says,
“Stay a little longer hey,
This land was made for you and me”

Matthew Houck
Phosphorescent
April 27 2017

The project has raised over $100,000 so far for causes working on the front lines of climate, women’s rights, immigration and fairness. You can still buy all 100 tracks for $30 from Bandcamp here.

  1. Justin Townes Earle – Graceland
  2. Hazel English – Love Is Dead
  3. Kevin Morby – Bag Of Rats
  4. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Cumberland Gap
  5. Waxahatchee – Silver (Demo)
  6. ShitKid – Alright
  7. Big Thief – Breathe In My Lungs
  8. Trevor Sensor – High Beams
  9. Danny & The Champions Of The World – Swift Street
  10. Mac DeMarco – One More Love Song
  11. David Bazan – The Devil In His Youth  (Protomartyr cover)
  12. Tangerines – 1945