Posts Tagged ‘alt country’

May 9, 2018
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A band like Freedom Fry releasing a song named Cold Blooded Heart almost seems ironic, considering how sweetly affable and genuinely down to earth the French-American duo from Los Angeles has proven to be in all our encounters with the pair. But that’s exactly what Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat have named their new single, a dusty rolling gem from their long awaited debut full length, arriving this summer. With it, Freedom Fry takes us to the ruthless Wild West, known for its stoic shootouts and its heart wringing escapades. But we feel cozy and safe, swaddled by the LA-based duo’s twangy strumming, bucolic stirring song. They’ve given us a heartfelt reminder to look to the future after surviving the past. Cold Blooded Heart is that welcome hearth, that dependable log cabin we return to after a long day out in the barren wilderness under a brutal sun. Our hearts may be beaten and mangled, but we’re lifted by Freedom Fry’s harmonious vocals, their beautifully lush strings, and an overwhelming sense of weathered contentment. “Make a fire, put it in your heart, I won’t let you go, I’ll make you whole again,” they coo. Freedom Fry’s debut album Classic drops on June 1st. Re-visit the title track via our feature, here.

September 25, 2017

Liv, the Swedish supergroup that involves prolific artists like Lykke Li, Andrew Wyatt, Pontus Winberg, Björn Yttling, and Jeff Bhasker, seem to enjoy coming together for a new release once in a blue moon. It’s always a grand event when Lykke Li and members of Miike Snow as well as Peter Bjorn and John drop a new collaboration, so I was over the moon when ‘Hurts to liv’ surfaced. Aside from its clever wordplay, ‘Hurts to liv’ is quite the twangy melancholic charmer. She states of the song: “There’s nothing more life awakening than the beginning and end of life, love and art. This song is a tribute to my mother and Andrew’s father, who passed away”. “Hurts to liv’ is out on INGRID. Stream/purchase, here.

September 23, 2017

Angel Olsen is without a doubt one of the most talented folk/alt-country singer songwriters of the moment, and her 2016 album My Woman was brilliant, to say the least. So when news of a new B-sides and rarities collection named Phases surfaces, it’s time to celebrate. The St. Louis by way of Chicago artist will be revealing a slew of rare and unreleased tracks on the album, out November 10th via Jagjaguwar. Special is one such song, a dusty strummer that feels coarsely ruffled but is also dulcet lilting. It’s quite an affecting and introspective folk rock journey, as Angel Olsen’s songs tend to be. You can pre-order Phases, here.

September 9, 2017
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My heart rate rises in endless excitement every time new The Federal Empire surfaces. We’ve been eagerly watching the Los Angeles based alt pop project’s steady ascent in the scene. The band, in case you need a refresher, consists of Chad Wolf, well known for his roll in Carolina Liar, and Grammy nominated songwriter McKay Stevens. Their debut EP, The American Dream, was well received as we previously projected. The Federal Empire doesn’t miss a beat as they enthrall their growing mass of fans with a new earthy pastoral, propulsive stomping alt rock anthem named You and Drugs. It’s earnest, bright eyed, and windswept, yet wildly exhilarating and vastly sprawling. If The Federal Empire is a music drug, then call me addicted. You can stream The Federal Empire’s debut EP, The American Dream, here, on Soundcloud.

August 19, 2017
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Seattle project Silver Torches is primarily Erik Walters, who’s also a touring member of both Perfume Genius and David Bazan’s band. Walters is preparing to release his sophomore album with Silver Torches. If I Reach is a taste off of Let It Be A Dream. The synth florid, dusty pensive heartland rock on the track feels like Springsteen gone The War On Drugs. If I Reach is a political allegory, according to Walters. He says, “it’s a love song about finding common ground in a time that feels hopeless and insane, sung from a nihilist perspective. I suppose it’s about how one can’t be without the other, whether it’s the two sides of a divided America or two people trying to figure out how to love and accept each other.” Let It Be A Dream arrives on October 6th. You can pre-order, here

August 4, 2017
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Austin, Texas has come to be synonymous with fine music and darling memories, thanks to my past few years of SXSW adventures. It’s also known as the residence of some fabulous indie talent, as exemplified by this Austin five piece, Duncan Fellows, and their crunchy endearing indie rock and guitar pop jangler, Fresh Squeezed. The song comes accompanied by a lo-fi music video, which you can watch below. Fresh Squeezed is the first single from the band’s debut album, Both Sides Of The Ceiling, out August 25th. I could definitely go for many more rounds of Duncan Fellows’ “fresh squeezed” music, drenched in dusty sunshine and bursting with twangy charm. For more of these Austin lads’ tunes, check out their Soundcloud, here.

June 21, 2017
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Who out there doesn’t dig a double feature, much less one from NY based indie rock mainstay Matt Pond PA? Earlier this month, Matt Pond announced their twelfth album Still Summer, and he treated us to its title track, a dusty swinging power pop anthem that swung us right into summer from spring. Today, the band has followed the single up with two bonus tunes not from the record, which they’ve dubbed “Double Freeture”. Sugar River, which you can stream above, is as endearing as can be, a reedy strumming, dewy marching ballad. The song has melted me plenty times over since this morning. Completing the “Double Freeture” is windswept gusting Skin and Bones, which can be streamed below. New album Still Summer arrives on August 11th via 131 Records. 

May 4, 2017
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To Perth we go for INDIGO, an emerging indie rock band presumably named after the plant, famed for its dark blue dye, or maybe not. INDIGO has just played a bevy of shows back home in Australia, and now they’ve released a music video for their second single from their sophomore EP Kumiho, too. You can view the video below, but be prepared to tap your feet effusively to the crunchy infectious Crave as you watch the four piece belt out the song and its golden twangy, rich swampy rock. Vocalist and guitarist Chris Kinna explains that the song came together with ease. They wrote Crave collectively as a band while rehearsing one day. He continues: “it had a real CCR vibe about it and I think we’re just suckers for that joyful type of upbeat rhythm.” Well, guess what? We’re just suckers for that Creedence Clearwater Revival meets Kings Of Leon joyful and rhythmic rootsy rock, too! Find out more about the up and coming band at their website, here.

April 25, 2017
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The band name Front Porch Lights sounds very comforting and reassuring. It evokes memories of going home late at night and seeing the porch lights on. Someone at home is waiting for you and thinking of you. Someone cares, even if they might be mad that you’re still out and worried that you’re not back yet. The rising indie Americana rockers from Cleveland, fronted by Conor Standish (formerly of The Burning River Ramblers), have converted those warm, nostalgic feels into impeccable sound on Go On Ahead, the title track from a sophomore EP to be released on June 9th. Bittersweet twanging, tender billowing Go On Ahead is a dusty endearing ballad drenched in golden rays of sunlight. Front Porch LIghts will be touring the midwest in support of their new music beginning this Saturday in Chicago at Elbo Room. Find out more from their website, here.

March 11, 2017

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I find it impossible to resist the dreamy, twangy allure of Los Colognes’ new single Molly B Good. The Nashville five piece shows off a knack for pairing reedy roots rock with soft shimmering pop on the mellow cruiser. All I want to do is take this song with me on a drive down an open country road. The windows are down, and a warm breeze blows through. We squint at golden rays of sunshine, all worries and cares tossed aside for a few short minutes.

You can also stream Molly B Good off of Soundcloud below.  The single is lifted from Los Colognes’ third album The Wave, due out May 12th. Pre-order, here