Posts Tagged ‘bluegrass’

July 18, 2016

Nowadays, many young people likely never set foot in a library, or have only done so on the rare occasion. As someone who spent much of my childhood with my nose glued to books after eager trips to public libraries with my parents, I fear the day when we forget how truly magical a library can be. Those worn pages and vibrant words brought color and adventure into my life, connecting with me on a personal level and allowing me to view the world as well as connect to people with a new arsenal of knowledge and emotion. The Head And The Heart brings some of that magic back on their heartwarming new taste from forthcoming album Signs Of Light. Library Magic, which was written by band member Charity Thielen, is like a letter to the band’s other five members, acknowledging the ups and downs of life in a successful band while celebrating the deep connection that has developed between them. Its lush lulling dusty folk reminds us that life itself is like a book, giving us hope for the future despite the fact that cherished chapters of the past inevitably recede as memories. The heartwarming and assuring lullaby also leaves me eager for the new episode of Roadies on Showtime tonight, on which The Head And The Heart was a welcome guest during its first episodes. New album Signs Of Light drops on September 9th. 

October 28, 2015

Melbourne band Oh Pep! revealed their NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance today, and I’m fortunate to have been keyed in to the video, because the duo whisked me away with their earnest folk pop sound. I found myself placing everything else aside for an extended period of time this morning to watch the video and listen to their recent EP, Living, off which comes this peppy, bouncy tune, The Race. The multi-instrumentalists’ alt and pop twist on Americana and bluegrass is infectious and endearing. Stream and purchase Oh Pep!’s excellent Living EP on bandcamp, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert here.

September 24, 2015

Alt-country veterans Blitzen Trapper will be releasing their highly anticipated eighth full lengh album, All Across This Land, on October 2nd via Vagrant Records. Off the release comes this rustic and bittersweet ballad named Love Grow Cold. It’s fuzzy feels all around on the moody gem, a fitting song to have on hand as this side of the world slowly shifts towards the frigid months of the year. Dreamy reverb and wistful vocals give the song a warm but ghostly ambiance. 

OFFICIAL VID: Calexico – Falling From The Sky

April 23, 2015

Calexico revealed a new music video for their alt country and Americana laced indie rock single Falling From The Sky today. The brass imbued song also features Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses. I’ve always been fond of the Tucson based veterans’ twangy, sentimental music, but the video for the song gets some extra bonus brownie points because it stars Swedish folk musician José González (who I get to see live next week!). It’s a rather bizarre clip otherwise, and reportedly one of a two part series, which will be completed with a video for a José González song instead.

April 21, 2015

I find I tend to gravitate towards the pastoral folk music that comes out of Sweden, on top of all the electropop and other genres from that area. Over a month ago, Brittsommar had me holding my breath with a brooding tune named North Country Blood. They now bring back that reeling atmosphere on beautiful single Can’t Breathe On My Own, off their The Mary Me E.P. The new song is a verdant masterpiece of bluegrassy strings and deep vocals, reminding me of early Noah And The Whale, as well as lead Charlie Fink’s voice. Can’t Breathe On My Own was written by 19 year old Sawyer Gebauer while he was living on a commune farm on the country side of Sweden. I suddenly have an urge to visit the Swedish countryside while listening to this gem.

March 14, 2015

Nearly half a year ago I encountered a singer songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa with an exquisite, sensational voice. Max Jury reminds me of exactly how gorgeous that voice is on his new song, a sentimental melter named Home. The stripped down song is a melancholic, wistful ballad that has plenty of Max’s twangy alt-country sound. It’s the perfect moper for when you’re in a homesick mood. Home is the first single from Max Jury’s upcoming 2015 release.

February 28, 2015

Old fashioned twangy guitars and endearing, rootsy Americana make for a beautiful listen on soothing folk rock song Half A Native from Texan band Buxton. The mellifluous song is the title track off Buxton’s new album, out March 3rd on New West Records. Melancholic and sweet, it’s the perfect song to soundtrack a pensive, introspective day of quiet reflection into the past.

January 21, 2015

Portland based project Grand Lake Islands, led by songwriter Erik Emanuelson, released a debut album today on Bandcamp titled Song From Far, via Good Mountain Records. The alt folksy release with its bluegrassy, rootsy, and Americana flavored music was recorded following a highly productive period of collaboration between several talented musicians during Portland’s bleakest months. Some of that bleakness is certainly captured to perfection on album track Monterey, a pastoral, mournful track that reminds me of some of the brilliant music The War On Drugs put forth in 2014. For another taste of Grand Lake Islands’ brilliance, stream beautiful album title track Song From Far below. On it, there’s an affecting touch of Conor Oberst like earnest rawness and weathered poignancy.

December 12, 2014

I don’t watch Vampire Diaries, though I’ve heard of it. Turns out, Vampire Diaries actor Michael Malarkey is also a musician, and he’s carving out a respected career with it, too. The singer songwriter unleashed a new single today named Through The Night And Back Again. It’s one of those earnest, heartfelt folk ballads. The twangy, acoustic gem is lead by Michael’s superb, emotive vocals. I’m reminded of a stripped down Mumford & Sons with a dose of more mournful Vance Joy, topped off with abundant Dylan and Buckley. The new single is taken from Michael Malarkey’s upcoming EP, Feed The Flames, due out January 8th. He’ll also be playing his first UK show that very day at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

December 5, 2014

Instead of dueling banjos, the two banjos on The Lowest Pair’s beautiful music are harmonious, forlorn raconteurs. The duo’s folksy Americana music is as pastoral and earnest as it gets, as can be heard on their latest song, Howl, a new offering from their forthcoming sophomore album, The Sacred Heart Sessions, due out February 24th on Team Love Records. The Lowest Pair is currently on tour playing shows across the nation all the way through early February, and they’ll be at SXSW in March, too. For another rustic gem off the new album, stream Rosie below.