Posts Tagged ‘blues rock’

May 11, 2018

We were swift addicts to Louis Baker’s creamy crooning and plush R&B soul when the New Zealand artist released his song Addict last year. And now we’re also obsessed with the songwriter’s latest single, a vintage soul groover named Black Crow which comes accompanied by a dapper music video featuring an adorable kid suavely adulting with pure confidence. Raw yet smooth, warm and sooty Black Crow is a molten melter. The song was written and produced in Sydney in six hours. The song, deceptively simple yet deeply organic, is about exorcising your demons, leaving the past behind, and gaining wisdom through experience. It’s velvety veneer is like Leon Bridges, while its sleek step and swanky guitars carry The Black Keys’

bluesy soulfulness. Speaking about the inspiration behind Black Crow, Louis Baker says: “The idea of bathing one’s hands in indigo came about through an old Japanese proverb I read. I was fascinated with its idea that a piece of fabric gets a deeper and richer colour tone if you repeatedly dye it. The proverb has a number of different meanings, but to me it is a metaphor about life, experience and growing wise with age.” Download/stream Black Crow, here.

May 9, 2018
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“Indestructible” seems the proper word to describe our affection for Welshly Arms, the Ohio rock band who first captured our hearts last year with Legendary, a fine introduction to the already blooming band’s raw and impassioned garage rock. And now they’re back with a song named Indestructible, a torrid broiling, bluesy burning alt rock anthem whose soulful swagger and funky strut are like Portugal. the Man gone Jack White and The Black Keys. The band will be playing a number of massive summer festivals this year, as well as going on tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars. They’ll also be releasing their debut full length on Republic Records later this month. The year’s only going to get better for Welshly Arms fans like us. Pre-order their debut album No Place Is Home on iTunes, here.

March 12, 2018
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Rootsy soul and bluesy rock are obviously Ollie English’s forte. The 22 year old singer songwriter and guitarist, who hails from South Australia, makes an indelible impression on us with How Many Times, a raw and powerful new single from a rising artist who’s already captivated many a fan with his versatile sound via his 2015 EP, Cabin Thoughts. With deep rolling vocals and his gospel imbued sound, Ollie English floors us on the torrid simmering lament. How Many Times is a potent tour de force reminiscent of Rag’N’Bone Man, Hozier, and Alex Clare. 

March 6, 2018

I’ve already listened to this many times since it first surfaced late last week, but I thought I’d drop it on for a share too. Back in the mid 90s, Johnny Cash covered Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage. Long after Cash passed away, Chris Cornell returned the sentiment and recorded a song with Cash’s own words as lyrics, and the end result gives me chills. Not only is Cornell’s voice stunning on the acoustic track (as expected), but now that we’ve lost both legends, listening to You Never Knew My Mind is also unimaginably heartbreaking. The recording is part of a new compilation named Johnny Cash: Forever Words, on which an array of musicians creates new songs out of unpublished Cash works. The compilation arrives April 6th. Pre-order, here.

February 28, 2018
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Los Angeles based blazing singer songwriter Bishop Briggs, whom we’ve been devout fans of since she made her debut as Bishop what feels like eons ago, is having yet another spectacular year. Sure, it’s only February still, but Bishop Briggs has already contributed a sooty burning INXS cover to that massive Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, and now she’s back with her assured ferocity and sizzling embers on White Flag. We surrender ourselves to her incendiary vocals and her grandiose fusion of alt electronica and bluesy rock on the smoky, fiery heater. Bishop Briggs will be playing several festivals in March before she heads off on tour again across North America this spring. 

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.

January 20, 2018

When I think of AWOLNATION, I think bold and bombastic, pompous and vociferous, which the Los Angeles based rock band certainly presented to us in their last singles like Passion and Seven Sticks Of Dynamite. But as the quartet build towards the release of their next album Here Come The Runts on February 2nd, they surprise us with a more rustic and mellow bluesy rock number named Handyman, overflowing with sweet, road weary nostalgia. It arrives with a music video directed by Ravi Dhar and featuring film/TV/stage actor Monte Markhan alongside actress Alex Essoe. The video is a time-bending journey through the moments and memories of the characters’ lives, embracing the idea of what was and what could have been. ‘I wanted to finally tell a good ole fashion love story,’ says front man Aaron Bruno. ‘We all have the opportunity to be the handyman (or woman) of the heart.’ Fans can pre-order the album today at awolnationmusic.com and receive an instant download of 4 songs from the new album, including Handyman. The single can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

January 13, 2018

It’s been a few days since news of Jack White’s new solo album surfaced, and the video for lead single Connected By Love has already accumulated over 700K views. In case you were hiding under a rock and missed out on all the commotion, stop everything you’re doing and take in the grand magnificence of the bluesy rock song. Connected By Love also comes accompanied by a B-side named Respect Commander, embellished with punchy kicking drums and snarling guitars. Stream the track below. Boarding House Reach hits the shelves on March 23rd via White’s label Third Man Records.

December 12, 2017

We’re still very much glued to Moon Taxi’s last single off their forthcoming fifth record. After all, that song is named “Let The Record Play”, and we’ve been happy to keep the ‘record’ playing due to its absolutely hooking burst of melodious pop rock. You can re-visit the song, here. Let The Record Play is the title track from the Nashville veterans’ album, arriving January 19th via RCA, and they’ve since revealed a new song off the release, too. Good As Gold’s bluesy chords and whistle along allure make it another stellar preview from the five piece alt rock band. According to Moon Taxi: "‘Good as Gold’ is a song about empowerment. It’s about reaching that moment, that place where all your hard work pays off. It’s no coincidence that we wrote it as the Nashville Predators were fighting for the Stanley Cup last season. Team colors inspired the lyric for sure.“ You can pre-order new album Let The Record Play via iTunes, here, or Amazon, here.

November 29, 2017

If you’re not familiar with blues rock and garage rock auteur Benjamin Booker despite the musician’s two full length albums and that exceptionally gravelly voice, he might be your new obsession after you’ve immersed yourself in the New Orleans by way of Virginia musician’s new music video. Believe is a song off his sophomore album Witness, out via ATO / Rough Trade, and its an eloquently stringy yet homey snug vintage soul affair that evokes Leon Bridges, Sam Cooke, and Michael Kiwanuka. Benjamin Booker stars in Believe’s soul searching video as a soldier undergoing military training. Witness is available, here.