Posts Tagged ‘roots’

May 16, 2018
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Refs waxes poignantly reflective on gooey melting new tune, Roots, the latest fine single from a NYC based electronic pop duo we’ve been featuring for three prolific years. We indulge in the jazzy, snazzy, creamy, and buttery alongside Refs on their electro-soul styled track. All of a sudden, all I want to do is close my eyes and slow-waltz around the room to their satin crooning and the luxuriantly simmering song, of which Refs states: 

‘A side effect of love stories that never fully play out is a looming sense of “if-only”. Roots is about all the meandering semi-truths and ill-advised solutions we lean into and learn from, in the absence of that bloom.’ The tenderly heartrending, gently aching sonnet can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

May 16, 2018

When I think of the name Slow Corpse, I can’t help but envision zombies. But don’t fret, there are no “walkers” to worry about here, only a mighty fine jam to enjoy from a four piece from Portland, Oregon who just released their first full length album Fables via Tender Loving Empire. They thoroughly destroy genre lines as they meld splinters of slinky R&B funk into rootsy rock on Run It, a song which very much reminds me of my recent love for Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s swampy alt music, with an infusion of Glass Animals’ viscous prowl and Milky Chance’s earthy drawl. Slow Corpse is currently on tour for their new album. Their debut album is available, here. For more superb songs from the album, watch the videos for prior singles Blooming and People below. 

May 9, 2018
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My hips have been abducted again, by who else, but The Hip Abduction! The Florida based outfit invites us into a humid, balmy paradise with their new single, Come On Get Up, which sports the six piece’s islandy beats and rootsy charm, a combo that oft reminds me of Crystal Fighters’ vibrant folktronica fused with Miami Horror’s neon-lit radiance and Sublime With Rome’s reggae tinged rock. There’s even a dash of Portugal. the Man’s recent funk pop leaning offerings to be found in The Hip Abduction’s slinky swinging, hip-swaying gem. Stream Come On Get Up and The Hip Abduction’s other releases on Spotify, 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. 

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.

September 20, 2017

Riley Pearce is having quite a year. He played his first international shows in London, picked up a WAM ‘Song of the Year’ Award in his native Australia, had one of his songs featured on US hit show Shadowhunters, and racked up over 35k views in 24 hours for his latest music video, backed by Triple J ‘Unearthed’. The disarming clip is accompanied by the rising artist’s latest single, Misplaced, a beautifully morose ballad on which his stunning vocals are on full display. Soulful pop meets rootsy rock on this moving aria, redolent of Bon Iver, Aquilo, and Hayden Calnin but with a hearty twang. Speaking on the track Riley states “I wrote Misplaced early on in a new relationship. I was really anxious and unsure of what I wanted and whether it was all going to work out. It’s pretty hard when two people like each other but are so different. It’s a brutally honest song… probably the most from I’ve written.” Misplaced is available from iTunes, here.

July 15, 2017
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It’s obvious long time NYC veterans The Shivers still haven’t lost their edge despite all the albums they have under their belts, and despite having been around since 2001. The band is in the midst of releasing a new 7″, which includes this fine single, Soulmate, a sooty enthralling, dulcet lilting combination of lo-fi soul, piano pop, and rootsy rock. The Shivers’ new 7″, which also features their song Secret Language, is available from Big Deep Records, here. It’s limited to 500, so don’t dilly dally.

July 13, 2017
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A raw and earnest beauty emanates from Love Drug and the stunning voice it encapsulates. At the helm of this atmospheric folk lullaby is Naomi Hackl, a 21 year old singer songwriter from Australia. Love Drug is the title track from her recently released debut EP, and it’s a drug of a tune in itself. Once you’ve had a taste of Naomi Hackl’s breathy, husky voice, you’ll be hooked. It’s like fine wine, made up of warm layers of fine detail. Every sip of that voice seems to bring new bits into focus. According to triple J unearthed, Naomi’s influences include Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, and plenty of other immense artists. You can listen to more of Naomi Hackl’s music on Soundcloud, here

April 15, 2017
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The Teskey Brothers is a blues and roots band from Melbourne who’s been around since 2008. True to name, their ranks do include a couple of brothers. Their existence has evaded me until now, with the arrival of a vintage crackling, whiskey drenched lullaby named Pain And Misery. Though poignant, this melting beauty is honeyed stirring. Its sweet soulfulness draws out plenteous sighs from my body. It’s akin to the effects Leon Bridges tends to have on me, too. The single comes from The Teskey Brothers’ album, Half Mile Harvest, out on iTunes, here.

October 11, 2016

I like apple pie, particularly when served à la Mode, but I might love Rafferty’s Apple Pie even more. If you missed the debut when the Los Angeles artist unveiled the tune earlier this year, its new video is your chance to let it sweep you off your feet with its rustic, bluesy soul and torrid swaggering alt rock. Prior to its release, Apple Pie was utilized by Apple for their iPhone 6 launch. It’s that catchy and good. Apple Pie is a crescendo of roaring vocals, thunderous percussion, resolute clapping, and smoldering guitar. Rafferty reminds me of a combination of The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and Hozier on his sensational first song. Some Cash and Elvis can also be detected in the burly song. Apple Pie’s video is as raw and riveting as the song itself. Rafferty will be releasing an EP in the near future.