Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

Return of Arborist

Posted: November 8, 2019 in Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music
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Delighted to get the news that Taxi is the first single to be taken from the new album, A Northern View, from MM fave Arborist.

A stand-out, jolt-from-the-blue, set-piece, Taxi is a spoken word epic story inspired by Arab Strap, Belle and Sebastian and James Yorkston, who have made the droll Scottish storyteller’s delivery a constant. As singer-songwriter Mark McCambridge explains, “I wanted to do something similar with the Northern Irish voice. It’s a story about a claim from my Dad’s cousin and good friend through his youth, Henry McQuillan, that he conceived the idea of turning a famous Irish traditional song into a rock song.”

Arborist first came to the attention in 2015 with their brillaint debut single, the Americana tinged Twisted Arrow, that features an astonishing duet with Kim Deal of The Breeders and featured highly both in our Best of 2015 lists and our Best of the Last Ten Years countdown.

Great to have Arborist back, and some tour dates below for you too.

 

See Arborist live

Fri 16th Nov 2019 – Ulster Sports Club, BELFAST
Fri 31st Jan 2020 – The Band Room – LOW MILL, YORKSHIRE [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Sat 1st Feb – Northern Rock Foundation Hall, GATESHEAD [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Tues 4th Feb – The Railway Inn, WINCHESTER [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Wed 5th Feb – Mothers Ruin, BRISTOL [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Thurs 6th Feb – Fat Lils, WITNEY [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Fri 7th Feb – St Davids City Hall, St Davids, WALES [w/ Kacy & Clayton]
Fri 14th Feb – PhilGrimes, WATERFORD, IRELAND
Fri 15th Feb – Set Theatre, KILKENNY, IRELAND

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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.

 

 

Uncut’s free cover disc this month is a reinterpreting of seventeen Wilco songs by the likes of Cate Le Bon, Mountain Man, Whitney, Low, Sharon Van Etten and many others. All but one were specially recorded for the CD and there are some cracking versions amongst them.

Here is a taste of the offerings from Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

 

 

 

 

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

Just genius…

 

 

 

Smoke Fairies New Album & Single

Posted: September 30, 2019 in Folk, Gothic, Indie, Music, Rock
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Smoke Fairies have announced the release their first album for four years. Darkness Brings The Wonders Home will be released on January 31st coupled with new tour dates for the band.

In the making of the new record, the duo drew inspiration from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, strange creatures dwelling in the mud near their new South London abode.

The first single to be taken from the album is Disconnect, a beguiling folk song drenched with gothic overtones.

 

See them live in February
1 Manchester Soup Kitchen
2 Leeds Oporto
3 Norwich Arts Centre
5 Oxford Bullingdon
6 London Hoxton Hall
7 Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
8 Bristol Rough Trade
9 Portsmouth Square Tower

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…

 

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.