Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

The Lumineers will release their new album III on September 13th through Dualtone in the U.S. and Canada and Decca Records for the rest of the world.

The album is darker in tone than previous albums and is presented in three chapters, with each one centering on one main character from a fictitious family known as the Sparks, who span three generations in the album’s storyline

The band has also released Gloria, the first single from the album, which is out today. Lead vocalist Wesley Schultz says the song “is about love between an addict and her family”. The track itself is part of the first chapter of the album, and the catchy uptempo folky strum is perfectly juxtaposed with the resigned sadness of the lyrics.

Watch the lyric video below.

 

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Field Medic, the moniker of Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, has released the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend (possibly our favourite song title of the year so far), from his forthcoming album fade into the dawn that will be released on April 19 via Run For Cover Records.

The new album features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realising any hard-won dream. During the recording of fade into the dawn, Patrick found himself going through a number of tumultuous changes: he relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he’d lived and recorded on and off for several years; he left the world of day jobs behind in order to tour year-round; and he decided to quit drinking, only to return to it halfway through a particularly grueling run of shows. It was the sort of emotional roller-coaster that he would normally work through in song, but even the simple act of writing seemed profoundly more complicated than ever before. Patrick had always written candidly about doubt and darkness and anxiety, but this new record has required him to dig deeper than ever before here, blending black humour and bold introspection as he weighs fantasy against reality and searches for meaning in the mundane.

Of the single, he says, “This song first came into my head as an idea when I was still living in San Francisco, working and living in the sunroom. I was sort of seeing somebody and was reflecting on how more times than not they would ask me to come hang out or do something and I would decline under the pretense of being busy, but wind up drinking alone in my room… maybe making art, but mostly just drinking for the sake of getting drunk. Flash forward 6 months or so and I had moved out of San Francisco, quit my job, and was bouncing between touring and couch surfing. One day in Canoga Park where I was crashing with my friend Derek, I was struck with the profound sadness, lack of inspiration, and direction I felt… I lived nowhere, didn’t have much to show for my ‘leap of faith,’ but the one constant in my life for many years was my habit of hanging out alone and drinking until I passed out. I remember sitting in a pink chair and I picked up a guitar and the whole song came out in a matter of minutes. I didn’t record a demo in the moment and days later I remembered I’d written it and had to search quite deep into my mind to remember the melody.

We’re glad he did – it is a powerfully moving, and poignant song that is made even more so by the slight quiver in Patrick’s vocals – it is a song that has already been on regular repeat here at MM Towers.

Have a listen.

 

Loving these two tracks from Spectator.

The band consists of wife and husband duo, Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert, who first met in 2006 in Saint Louis, Missouri. After years of playing each other’s songs, they began to cultivate their individual ideas that naturally blended together to form Spectator. Apparently the duo draws comparisons to the dream-pop sensibilities of Mazzy Star and early Tennis, which can definitely be heard in latest single The Only One, but the previous single, Weight, is a far more muscular affair that calls to mind the folk-rock of Lord Huron and the guitar wig-outs of Wye Oak.

Both tracks come from their second full length album Charlie, Baby, which is released on April 12th. Stream them below.

 

 

Easy to forget sometimes just how good The Tallest man on Earth is!

This is a nice reminder – a high-tempo folk strum and those unmistakeable vocals. I’m A Stranger Now comes from upcoming long player (his first for four years) I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream – out on the 19th April (pre-order here).

What language do you dream in when you’re drunk?” – precisely!

Stream it here.

 

Introducing >>> Abby Crerie

Posted: March 28, 2019 in Americana, Folk, Music
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Abby Crerie is a indie folk singer/songwriter based out of Athens, GA and a previous member of the group Deer Eyes. Heavily influenced by artists such as Big Thief, Hand Habits and Julia Jacklin, she mixes intimate and melancholy folk with beautiful, haunting vocals and heartfelt instrumental builds.

This single, When, comes from her debut double single release and illustrates all the above perfectly. Gorgeous!

 

  1. T. Hardy Morris -Scare Easy  (Mudcrutch cover)
  2. Damien Jurado – Throw Me Now Into Your Arms
  3. Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters
  4. Calexico And Iron & Wine – Father Mountain
  5. Wand – Walkie Talkie
  6. An Horse – This Is A Song
  7. Weyes Blood – Movies
  8. Honeyblood – Glimmer
  9. The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On
  10. Mitski – Let’s Get Married  (Bleachers cover)
  11. Cherry PicklesMais Rápido

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We received an advance copy of Ben Williams’ upcoming acoustic album Minimum Of Fuss in the post (together it has to be said with a very welcome Kit Kat and Earl Grey teabag for enhanced listening pleasure). It is the Manchester based singer-songwriter’s third album and it is out on the 5th April.

It is a beautifully released easygoing mix of the intimate, the poignant and the playful – so, stick the kettle on, relax and take a listen to the stripped back Search Team, which is a perfect example of his laid-back style and calls to mind the early days of A.A. Bondy or Jack Johnson.

Order via Bandcamp here.

 

We’re very much looking forward to getting our grubby mitts on A.A. Bondy’s new album Enderness – his first for eight long years.

We’ve already shared Images of Love from it, and here’s a second track from the record. Killers 3 is a melancholy, hymn-like song that we have found ourselves coming back to time and time again today. It mixes elements of folk, electronic flourishes and soul to create something remarkable – resigned to a state where the thrill of the ugly and shocking is more interesting and compelling than any good deed.

Murder is more entertaining / than peace ever will be / to a killer / hungry hearted killers / everywhere I go / walking the streets

Watch / stream it here.

 

 

 

  1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Fishing For Fishies
  2. The Head And The Heart – Missed Connection
  3. Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Feel The Sun
  4. The UV Club – Mr Blame
  5. Lucille Furs – Paint Euphrosyne Blue
  6. Frankie Cosmos – Dancing
  7. Los Wilds – Muñequita de Trapo
  8. Grim Streaker – Today New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspired by artists like Leonard Cohen, Ane Brun, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alela Diane, and Joni Mitchell amongst others, Vilma Flood is a songwriter from the northern part of Sweden.

She has shared a track called Green Eyed Moron (great title) and her powerful, dark and vibrating voice is combined with big marching drums, acoustic guitars and pedal steel to deliver a really compelling and intoxicating slab of melancholic, bluesy Americana. It reminds us of Jolie Holland or Gretchen Peters no less.

Liking this one a lot. Give it a spin below.