Austin-based Erik Stephansson releases the third of his Suntrodden collection. He describes this five track EP as being “about rediscovering your core and not succumbing to the distractions that put you at risk” which is a noble sentiment. Even nobler when you discover that Stephansson has eschewed much of the modern recording technology in favour of a stripped back lo-fi approach that lets the songs say it all. Continue reading “Suntrodden “Suntrodden III” (Independent, 2017)”
This is Dan Mayfield’s first record as band leader. He’s worked with Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin’, and his own sound isn’t too far away from those artists. It is a gentle blend of folk suffused with atmosphere, hushed polite vocals and everything clearly thought through and stuffed with detail. ‘The Music’ details the pleasures of music, the physical pleasure of the needle in the groove or the tape passing over the heads as well as the bliss from the actual music, the drone of harmonium binding everything together. The songs are full of small personal pleasures rather than bold statements – ‘Stars’ mixes ukulele with harmonium and the twinkling of vibes to create a painterly atmosphere where the brushstrokes of the instruments create the atmosphere. Continue reading “Enderby’s Room “Enderby’s Room” (Fika Recordings, 2017)”
So many ace performances coming out of Newport this year. Rolling Stone Country reports: “The Avett Brothers have become a mainstay at the Newport Folk Festival, and on Saturday afternoon at the legendary Rhode Island gathering, the group snuck in a personal tribute to friend and one-time collaborator Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Continue reading “Avett Brothers cover Soundgarden at Newport Folk Festival – Watch”
This will cheer you up over your cornflakes. Stereogum reports: “Did Ryan Adams just get around to reading Meet Me In The Bathroom? There’s a moment in the book, Lizzy Goodman’s great oral history of the early-’00s New York rock scene, where we learn that the Strokes got together to hold a meeting banning Ryan Adams, once a friend of the band, from hanging out with any of them anymore. The problem, it seems, was that the members of the band, Julian Casablancas in particular, thought Adams was a bad influence on Albert Hammond, Jr., who was starting to have serious problems with addiction. Continue reading “Ryan Adams wages Trump-style Twitter war on the Strokes”
Here’s a nice new track we’ve got exclusively for you this morning. Erik Flores and Amelia Rose Logan’s songs as Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light have been described as “modern dime westerns” and this is as good an example as any. Flores told us: “Song to My Bartender” was a fun tune to write. I was trying to employ a little levity, which isn’t my typical approach, and what came out was this story about a barfly that drinks from open till close, talking about how he’d rather be anywhere but there, but never actually doing anything about it. Or at least that was the story shell I ended up filling with the usual existential meanderings… I guess I was trying to find that place where great songwriters make you laugh while telling you serious stories. John Prine, Guy Clark, and a few others come to mind. It’s tough to find the house where they live, but maybe I was wandering around the right neighborhood.”
From his forthcoming new album, Beast Epic, due on August 25th, comes this excellent song and an equally excellent video.