Posts Tagged ‘Americana’

May 30, 2018
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A very serendipitous jaunt through Soundcloud land brought me to SONTALK earlier this month, at which I found myself immediately transfixed by their dusty rolling sound on I Am A War Machine. I had to do a little digging to find out about the band, but I learned that SONTALK is a project created by Joseph LeMay, an already much respected Americana artist. As SONTALK, he recently released a three track EP named Act I, which you can stream/download, here. I Am A War Machine draws me in with its jaunty rhythm and reedy drawl, both which remind me of The War On Drugs. Maybe heartland rock inspired bands really like utilizing the word “war” in their names or song titles, or maybe this is a coincidence, but it’s obvious there’s a new alt/indie rock band on the block to fall hard for. Sadly, we just missed out on SONTALK’s tour stop in San Francisco earlier this month. Perhaps they’ll hit the road again soon, or so we hope. 

February 15, 2018
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RIVVRS is back with more of his raw and potent music as the Los Angeles based singer songwriter teases his upcoming album Cosmic Dream with yet another superb song named Don’t Wanna Know. Its dusty twanging guitars and sandy vocals are awash with the weathered charm of Americana and the bluesy allure of roots rock. This is a song you’ll want to take out on the open road, where it can soundtrack a long drive. As the wind tousles your hair, that heavy weight in your heart slowly dissipates. RIVVRS croons intimately into our ears and comforts our weary souls, setting us free, if only for a few brief minutes. Don’t Wanna Know is available from major outlets, here.

December 12, 2017

Do you remember Liza Anne, the Nashville based folk singer songwriter who cast quite a spell on us with her disarming indie rock a few years ago, just as she was preparing to release her second album TWO? Turns out, she’s been hard at work preparing for the release of her third album, and we totally missed out on this chunky chugging jam, Paranoia. It’s a robust rocker with a sharp yet charming bite. Paranoia is the lead single from her next album Fine But Dying, arriving March 9th on Arts & Crafts. Liza Anne also revealed a second song from the album just a few days ago, via a video exclusive on Apple, here. You can also stream the song, Closest To Me, via YouTube below. It’s a sweetly lilting gem, far more halcyon and bucolic, dreamy and wistful, with hints of Angel Olsen wafting through its twangy soundscape and pastoral beauty. Catch Liza Anne on tour next spring, when she’ll be making a stop in San Francisco at The Chapel on March 23rd. Pre-order new album Fine But Dying, here.

September 15, 2017
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Cigs are normally very bad for your health, but the cig we’re about to melt and sigh away to for the next three plus minutes is like chicken soup for the soul. Cig is solo project Baby FuzZ’s halcyon soothing debut. It’s a tender pastoral, dulcet wafting first treat from Sterling Fox, the now Montreal based singer songwriter and producer behind the fresh endeavor. Cig’s bucolic beauty and gentle stirring harmonies are like Family Of The Year paired with Simon & Garfunkel. It’s melancholic yet sweet, with a bit of a bitter bite hiding in its soft drapery. Watch Baby FuzZ’s subtle music video for Cig below. Cig can be purchased from iTunes, here.

September 14, 2017

Los Angeles indie folk artist Phoebe Bridgers is nothing short of beautifully haunting on reedy new ballad Funeral. As it name suggests, there’s an aching undertow to the gorgeous song, from which you cannot escape. The most breathtaking of harmonies, a stringy orchestral backdrop, and a hushed gentleness remind me of Simon and Garfunkel with the twangy drawl of First Aid Kit. Funeral is lifted from Phoebe Bridgers’ debut album Stranger In The Alps, out September 22nd on Dead Oceans. Pre-order, here. She’ll be heading out on tour this fall with Conor Oberst, The War On Drugs, and Noah Gundersen.

September 11, 2017
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Andrew Savage, the frontman from much adored Brooklyn rockers Parquet Courts, is preparing to release a debut solo album this fall. We had a chance encounter with the news when we stumbled upon the second song he’s previewed from the release, an earnest and windswept, bucolic and weathered piece named ‘Wild, Wild, Wild Horses’. The slow burning hymnal, alongside Savage’s deep vocals, remind me of Noah and the Whale, particularly songs off my favorite album from them, 2009′s First Days of Spring. There’s also a haunting quality to the song, a ghostliness and loneliness that seeps its way into the heart. Debut album Thawing Dawn arrives on October 13th via Dull Tools.

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 7, 2017

It’s going to be very hard to match my immense adoration for The War on Drugs’ 2014 album Lost in the Dream, but the Philadelphia collective’s new album A Deeper Understanding, which arrives later this month, has certainly been shaping up to be a stupendous release. All of the songs we’ve heard so far off of the album have been well received and critically acclaimed. Now we can add Pain to A Deeper Understanding’s growing list of fine tunes, too. The languorous ambling, twangy worn treat from the well loved Americana and roots rock veterans takes us on a dreamy sojourn dripping with dusty nostalgia. “Pain” has never been more sublime. A Deeper Understanding arrives August 25th via Atlantic. Pre-order, 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.