Circumnavigate “Another 20 Seconds” – Listen

Another 20 Seconds is the lead single from Circumnavigate’s debut album When Worlds Collides which is out this coming Thursday.  The song was inspired by lead singer Sigrid Zeiner-Gundersen’s reading of the romantic novel ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.   The theme is a simple one – the longing to have more time with the one you love – the song is a crisply sparkling piece of dream-folk.  Like the song? Then catch the band at The Sebright Arms, London on the 18th of December.

Grant Lee Phillips “The Wilderness” – Listen

Grant Lee Phillips nee Buffalo has got a new album out on Yep Roc on Feb 23rd called “Widdershins” and following on from his first single, Totally You Gunslinger, Phillips has now shared a new track from his album – The Wildnerness which feels like a suitable sentiment for the Middle East peace process amongst other things right now. Phillips explains, “There’s a dangerous tribalism, something in our nature that falls prey to hazy conclusions. Allies and adversaries are assigned accordingly, us vs. them. It’s a trait so easily aroused and vulnerable to manipulation. As the song goes, we never left the wilderness.”

Belle Adair “Neptune City” – Listen

Muscle Shoals four-piece Belle Adair has unveiled ‘Neptune City’, the latest from its forthcoming record ‘Tuscumbia’  due out next month.  The four-piece collaborated with producer Tom Schick (Wilco, Real Estate, Parquet Courts) to create a blissed-out feel, atmospheric guitars and masterful melodies. This track is a nostalgic reflection on a breezy summer from the distance of a biting winter that, as singer and lyricist Matthew Green puts it, “will be the death of me.” Maybe he’s been reading the Express too much?

Alex Hedley “Let it Roll On” – Listen

Dorset based Alex Hedley has released his new single ‘Let It Roll On’ taken from his ‘This Life’ EP which comes out later next month. If Nick Drake-esqe acoustic folk is your thing, you’ll probably enjoy this. Not only has he got a rather amazing voice, but he fronted a band called Saturday Sun whose debut got some nice attention from The Guardian among others.  One track was described by a writer as “quite possibly the quickest 5 minutes of my life,” kind of like the opposite of listening to a Frank Turner record.

Track premiere: Stills “Pacific Coast”

Brooklyn based folk-rock-americany band Stills’ new EP “Work & Wine” is coming out on December 15th and they’ve shared the track Pacific Coast with us for the first time today which is full of lovely harmonies and lapsteel. We asked band member Katie Schottland what the track was about and she emailed us: “Ummm… ‘I had written a poem for my lover in the beginning of our short and intense relationship.  While in the depths of winter, I decided to put music behind it.’ If you need something more interesting… ‘I was traveling along the coast of California, stopped off in Big Sur and met a traveling musician.  We developed a kinship.  I learned a few months later that he had passed away and I wrote this song for him.’  The first one is true, the second all lies.  Haha.” Possibly the best email reply we’ve had all year.  Oh and the track is fantastic – just listen.

Cayden Wemple “Better” – Listen

A sure sign that you’re getting older is that, having given up new Dylans, the world is now looking for the new Conor Oberst – and on this track off his upcoming EP, Car Crash From an Aerial View, due out next February, Californian Cayden Wemple certainly strays into early Bright Eyes territory.  Alienation, apathy, emotional ambivalence.    Check, check, check.