Posts Tagged ‘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.

October 11, 2017

Porches’ 2016 sophomore album Pool was one of my favorites that year, so my heart fluttered with joy when the New York based band lead by Aaron Maines shared a fresh new tune via a music video Maines co-directed with Nick Harwood today. Country even features backing vocals by Bryndon Cook and Dev Hynes, that ever amazing artist also known as Blood Orange. The song blooms effusively, a delicate and tender suffusion that slowly takes hold of every corner of the heart. Maine says that this is the last song he wrote for his new album. He’s been hard at work this past year working on the follow up to Pool. Country brings us his signature vulnerability with a fresh baroque and chamber pop like leafiness. Download Country, here.

October 13, 2016

This next treasure of a tune comes with a sorrowful story. Wrong comes off of Australian band Big Smoke’s debut album Time Is Golden, which is due to arrive on October 28th. Though this is the band’s first record, the band’s frontman, Adrian Slattery, has sadly passed away before its release. In fact, Time Is Golden was recorded after Adrian had already been diagnosed with cancer. Wrong arrives with a music video directed by Adrian’s friend, Sean Lynch. The song itself endears with its earthy rustling, honeyed sincere heartland rock, reminding me at times of The War On Drugs. The tragic circumstances under which such a wonderful tune and a forthcoming album arrive is a bittersweet pill to swallow. I’m grateful we get to listen to Big Smoke’s music. Pre-order Time Is Golden, here.

March 11, 2016
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I fell in love with New Orleans when I visited it many years ago, naturally drawn to its colorful culture and music history. I suppose it might only be natural that I might find New Orleans bands much appealing, too. Take for example, Motel Radio, a band whose indie rock is rooted in classic Americana and alt-country. Their new song Gimme Your Love is a weathered and dusty Fleetwood Mac meets The War On Drugs charmer. Smoothly hooking, softly burning Gimme Your Love drops tomorrow, March 11th, as the band’s very first single on Roll Call Records. Motel Radio will be on tour for the rest of the month, with a stop in Austin for SXSW, of course. 

February 24, 2016
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If you haven’t heard of Kaleo yet, then rest assured you’re bound to encounter their music plentifully in the near future. The four piece hail from the gorgeous country known as Iceland, and they bring with them a stirring fusion of blues, folk, country, and rock. I Can’t Go On Without You is Kaleo’s latest single, a raw beauty that blends rustic guitar strums with orchestral strings. The intimate song is thoroughly mesmerizing, its heartfelt, aching vocals cracking with endless despair. The single is available now on iTunes.

September 24, 2015
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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. 

July 23, 2015
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Night Beds’ unique blend of indie pop, country, and dream pop is always airily captivating and beautifully complex. New single Corner carries elements that remind me of a blend of Keane, Beach House, and The Antlers, but with an earthy twang. a slice of psychedelia, and some hypnotizing electronica. It’s the latest chiffon single from Winston Yellan’s new album Ivywild, out August 7th via Dead Oceans. 

May 14, 2015
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I’m not sure which Sorrento is being referenced in this song by Joseph and Maia, as I’ve only been to the one in Italy, near Naples, but I’d imagine whichever place they’re referring to, it’s a similarly gorgeous seaside gem. That much is apparent from the affecting alt-country and indie folk song, a heart warming number from the duo, who hail from a small beach town in New Zealand. The song is off their recently released new record, available to stream in full, here.

April 4, 2015
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You might recall that earlier this year, a duo out of London named Whilk and Misky made some major ripples with their brand of bluesy and soulful acoustic music. They reminded many of a mix of beloved acts like Milky Chance, Vance Joy, and Chet Faker. The duo have now returned with an extra rustic and Americana imbued tune named Burn With Me. It’s another riveting offering from the potent duo. 

OFFICIAL VID: Echosmith – Bright

February 13, 2015

Yes, I know that everyone and their mothers are transfixed and in love with Echosmith’s Cool Kids. Afterall, it is one of the most infectious indie pop songs to come out within the past several years. But might I remind you, there’s much more to Echosmith than just Cool Kids. Today, the Los Angeles act dropped a video for their folk/country flavored single Bright, a delicate and saccharine gem. The song is off their 2013 debut album Talking Dreams, which Cool Kids is off of too. I still remember hearing Cool Kids back then, getting the debut album when it came out, and proclaiming that Cool Kids was going to be a ginormous hit. It ended up being one of those odd ones that took over a year to pick up, but in the end, it shined in the limelight it deserved. Now that you’ve listened to Cool Kids a billion times, turn your attention to the wispy, rustic beauty of Bright.