Posts Tagged ‘White Dress’

New from White Dress

Posted: February 12, 2011 in Alternative, Country, Indie, Music, Rock

Back last summer we posted about White Dress and their self-titled EP full of songs quivering with tension, menace and despair.

Here is the video for a new song I’m Smoke. Looks good!

You can still pick up her previous releases from cdbaby here or on eMusic.

You can visit her MySpace here.

Download White Dress – Five Feet Of Road mp3 (from White Dress EP)

Download White Dress – No Solid State mp3 (from White Dress EP)

Here is our usual round-up of the best songs we’ve posted in August together with a couple of our favourite covers and three new songs to tempt you. Another perfect mix tape we think.

Black AngelsTelephone mp3

Gentler psych-pop approach from new album calling to mind classic era Zombies

DreamendMagnesium Light mp3

Superb psych-folk from the loosely joined and hellish story of a serial killer

The Migrant The Organ Grinder mp3

Gentle, low-key start before the swelling, insistent guitar strum builds and builds while the plaintive vocals keep pace the whole time

EfrenStay High mp3

Psych-folk tale of trying to lose love, dreams of family past, tall boys, gambling, and whiskey stills…

TV TorsoI Can See Your Face mp3

Excellent, hypnotic pulses and sixties harmonies

Amen DunesBy The Bridal mp3

Hazy, sunlit psychedelic folk

Nick MarshBest Shag In The World mp3

Like an evil Richard Hawley on smack singing something from Blue Velvet

Victorian English Gentlemens ClubA Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift Of Snow (Was No Way To Cure A Hangover) mp3

Excellent new track from post–punk, art-rock weirdos

White Noise SoundSunset mp3

Corrosive feedback, pulsating krautrock rhythms, floating vocals and wall-of-sound guitars combine into an ear-shattering, blissed out climax

White Dress No Solid State mp3

Noir rock, taut and quivering with all kinds of emotion poured into the vocals

Small BlackPhotojournalist mp3

Lilting sliding beat dropping into a gorgeous moment of ambient wash

Paul Hawkins & The Awkward SilencesI’m In Love With A Hospital Receptionist mp3

Anti-folk masters of oddball lyrics, black humour, biting satire and sometimes poignant political comment

Ono PalindromesBlack Lungs mp3

Ferocious energy, vicious circling guitars and gunshot percussion

The NationalYou Were A Kindness mp3

New, suitably downtempo piano ballad

American GraveyardCommon Ones mp3

Debauched Americana, delivered in the timeless style of all classic protest songs

Truman Peyote Featuring Emily ReoTurn Into Feathers mp3

Like something from a banned 1970s horror flick it quickly transforms into a delightfully skewed three minute pop song for freaks and outsiders

Haunted WindchimesDon’t Take My Baby Away (Baby Back) mp3

Authentic, bewitching folk that draws you in and holds you tight

Baby EagleDay Of Our Departing mp3

A corking track with echoes of Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Pavement

We Are TreesDear Chan Marshall mp3

Deceptively simple song with some lovely flamenco style guitar and clever lyrics

Pepper RabbitOlder Brother mp3

Folk with chamber leanings and a twisted, slightly psych-pop edge

The War On DrugsComin’ Through mp3

Strummed guitar delight from forthcoming album

Roy PaymonImonetta mp3

Simply georgeous, fragile pop song

Our cover versions of the month are these two:

Download Fever RayMercy Street mp3

Download Mumford & SonsUnfinished Business mp3

And three excellent new tracks to finish off with: firstly another cover – The Drums doing Arcade Fire, the new taster track from indie-folk God Sufjan Stevens and finally some superb, caustic, drone punk from The Band In Heaven.

Download The DrumsWe Used To Wait mp3

Download Sufjan StevensI Walked mp3 (from The Age of Adz)

Download The Band In HeavenSuicide Pact mp3 (from The Band In Heaven / Weird Wives Split Tape)

A few days ago we posted about noir-ish lounge-country rockers White Dress and their excellent new self-titled EP. At the time we didn’t have release details, but the label have been in touch to say it is now available as a completely free download.

So, we’ve given you two tracks already, another new one is below, and you can get the final two just by clicking here. Seriously why wouldn’t you?

Download White Dress – Light Hearted mp3 (from White Dress EP)

Download White Dress – Five Feet Of Road mp3 (from White Dress EP)

Download White Dress – No Solid State mp3 (from White Dress EP)

White Dress are led by vocalist Arum Rae and hail from Austin, Texas – she describes her music as lounge Country and noir rock and lists Mark Lanegan as a major influence…a combination that was more than enough to pique our interest.

We have been listening to their self-titled EP which can make for some wonderfully tense listening – the songs are taut and quivering with all kinds of emotion poured into the vocals and it is easy to see where the PJ Harvey comparisons come from. But there is much, much more going on than mere imitation – these songs are delivered with real feeling and fluctuate between real menace and black despair.

Soulful and raw, her voice with its fantastic range and the exceptional playing to back it up has meant that we’ve had this on repeat since we first heard it. Highly recommended.

We don’t have any release details yet, but you can get her previous releases from cdbaby here or on eMusic.

You can visit her MySpace here.

Download White Dress – Five Feet Of Road mp3 (from White Dress EP)

Download White Dress – No Solid State mp3 (from White Dress EP)