Archive for the ‘Folk’ 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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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.

 

Long term MM faves Lightning Dust, the Vancouver based duo of Amber Webber and Josh Wells, formerly of Black Mountain have announced their fourth album, Spectre.

It will be released on October 4th, via Western Vinyl and the band have also shared lead single Devoted To.

Webber wrote the moving and haunting songs on Spectre during a challenging, introspective time of self-discovery that resulted in her rededication to music. It is a collection of songs that range from expertly sculpted folk-rock ear candy, to sparse Judee Sill-esque ballads consisting of little more than piano and voice.

Written during the devastating forest fires that filled her hometown of Vancouver with smoke and a sense of apocalyptic doom, album opener Devoted To captures Webber’s resilience and determination to reestablish her creative independence as she sings “I will find my way back in even if I never sleep…Gotta find my way back in, it’s all that I believe.

Listen below.

 

Mike Riley – Drug Dealer

Posted: June 25, 2019 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music
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Drug Dealer is the new single from Toronto based singer-songwriter Mike Riley.

He says of the song, “it was born from a feeling of hopelessness in a small, shitty one-store-town where the only thriving business is the local drug trade. It’s about feeling stuck, full of envy and betrayal as you watch the only people you care about move on.

Sounds pretty damn good to us… you have a listen.

 

Scary Hours create unsettling and raw anti-folk, rich with socio-political humor and the confrontational spirit of punk and hardcore.

Band spearhead Ryan Struck is officially from Jersey, but his songwriting is chock full of references to work life in NYC. The term “Scary Hours” is actually pulled from the Wu Tang Clan track from their 97’ album Forever. 

Scary Hours was conceptualized with the intent of writing stripped down acoustic songs, and while it contains some of the jingle and gloss of punk-tinged acoustic pop, the debut album is more basement show than coffee shop – Elvis Costello meets Lawrence Arms maybe, or possibly a Bukowski-esque Bright Eyes.

Check out the title(ish) track and the excellent Circling Shit from the debut album (released last week on Pyrrhic Victory Recordings) as well as a cover (download for free) of Elliott Smith’s Ballad of Big Nothing.

 

 

 

 

The excellently titled Fentanyl Freddy is the third single off singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy’s upcoming album Enderness, his first LP in eight long years. The much anticipated album will be out on the 10th May via Fat Possum Records.

Watch the video for it here.

 

We previously shared the outstanding the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend from Field Medic’s new album fade into the dawn.

The record is out now and can be got for just $5 via Bandcamp, with vinyl and cassette versions also available. It is Field Medic’s (aka Kevin Sullivan’s) first proper full-length release for Run For Cover Records and his first since making the leap to full-time musician.

A collection of darkly sparse and melancholic folk, it really is a cracking album, which calls to mind some previous MM faves such as Benjamin Shaw, Matthew Sawyer, and Damon Moon & The Whsipering Drifters, and we have a couple more tracks from it should you need any more convincing.

 

 

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.

 

Courtney Barnett is releasing Everybody Here Hates You as a standalone single and as an exclusive 12″ single for Record Store Day.

Everybody Here Hates You is built on a bluesy guitar chug and is a a rollicking paean to depression and self-belief; complete with squalling guitars, organs and tambourines.

Watch the lyric video below.