Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Paul Stelling’

Easter weekend, and a bumper collection of ten songs for you to dip into that were released this week.

1. The National – Sunshine On My Back
2. Southern – Lone Driver
3. Cheatahs – Murasaki
4. Heartless Bastards – Gates Of Dawn
5. Woodpigeon – When You Look For Trouble, Trouble Comes
6. Radkey – Parade It
7. Allo Darlin’ – Half Heart Necklace
8. Virginia Wing – A Complex Outline
9. Speedy Ortiz – Puffer
10. Christopher Paul Stelling – Warm Enemy

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Mad Mackerel Recommends...Christopher Paul Stelling

Having released his debut record, Songs of Praise and Scorn, last year to a flurry of critical praise, Christopher Paul Stelling now presents us with his follow-up, False Cities, to be released on May 21, via Mecca Lecca Recording Co (US) and Dollartone (Canada and Europe). However, all pre-orders will receive an immediate download of the record – you can pre-order from his Bandcamp page here.

Even more so than his debut, this is a record with teeth. It holds on desperately in spite of it all. Relentless in both angst and tenderness, it manages to be both unwavering and solemn without ever giving up hope or becoming forlorn, or worse, maudlin. There is no doubt that Stelling has certainly brought his gothic folk stylings to a further realization on his latest effort.

While his first release undoubtedly marked him out as a very fine songwriter, this follow-up may well cement his place as one of the very best, authentic troubadours in a very overcrowded genre. Brick X Brick is the intense first single from the record and a mighty fine one it is too. Download it below.