Micah P. Hinson “Oh, Spaceman” – Listen

Micah P. Hinson has shared a new track ‘Oh, Spaceman’ from his forthcoming album ‘Presents The Holy Strangers’ which comes out on 8th September. “It was the first song I wrote for my boy, Wiley Tex, after he was born, and the only song I played for about half a year after his birth. It is the only song where the melody and words came before sitting behind a guitar. Which is not a way I’ve ever written.” The album itself is described as a “modern folk opera, telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.” Oh, and Steps are touring in December.

Hammydown “Automatic Sweetheart” – Listen

Driven to ditching her acoustic guitar by an endless series of broken strings, Abbie Morin switched from her folk-rock persona to the Fender Jazzmaster sound of new project Hammydown.  It’s the quirky garage-pop that could get filed alongside the B-52s or They Might Be Giants .  The new EP – Pizzaface – captures the sound of the millennial slacker – those who button up and drag their way through the working week whilst trying to pursue creative passions, but still just feel like losers who are stuck in a series of service industry jobs and a rotating roster of bosses who helpfully tell you “it doesn’t cost anything extra to give service with a smile”.  Happy Monday!  

Rainbrother “Fat Eggs” – Listen

Having struggled with immigration for their SXSW appearance this year – lead singer Bjarke Bendtsen had his entry visa which resulted in Rainbrother playing their first gig in Austin with Bjarke still on his living room couch in Copenhagen. Not wanting to let Trump win, the band played the rest of their parts with a pre-recorded projection of Bjarke behind them not missing a single beat and creating a truly unforgettable performance.

Not that this has anything to do with their new single Fat Eggs, but it’s a good story.  So, what about the new single from sun drenched psych-pop favourites Rainbrother?  Bjarke Bendtsen explains “Fat Eggs is a song about giving into late night temptations, lusts, desires and the beauty of being human. The song is also about not caring too much and eating fat eggs when they’re on your plate and still hot”.

Yeah, well that’s that explained then.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band “Movin On'” – Listen

Here’s a new track from the people who run ‘Kansas Smitty’s’ venue in London fields which hosts ucutting-edge bands from just about every genre you can think of emerging out of the jazz world as well as their regular ‘jazz raves’. Imagine such a thing. New single ‘Movin’ On’ featuring Lewis Durham of Kitty, Daisy and Lewis on vocals has a twangy upbeat bluesy indie vibe, and various 6 Music shows have picked it up which is nearly always a good thing. The band play Love Supreme Festival, Cornbury Festival and Boomtown Fair festivals this summer

Josh Ritter “Showboat” – Listen

The lovely Josh Ritter is back with his ninth full-length album ‘Gathering’ which comes out September 22nd on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Ritter will be heading out with his “Royal City” band over the course of this winter, including a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 5th December. Speaking of the album he said “I have been writing records for almost twenty years now. Each one has been different from the last in subject and form, but with Gathering I feel I’ve found a new electric dissatisfaction, a new way to rejoice as the storm rolls in”. Quite apt for today.  You can hear the first track Showboat below in the form of one of those nice singalonga lyric videos.

JR Green “Technicolour Native” – Listen

You can tell where someone comes from by the way they spell the word “technicolour” and this particular spelling says Ardnamurchan, a little peninsula in Lochaber, Scotland from which area comes JR Green, brethren progeny of the Pictish heartlands. With a “balderdash to your Bon Ivers and codswallop to your Mumfords, the brothers Green have lain to rest the epoch of sexless, gritless folk-pop with their atavistic clarion-calling strains.”  This new track is described as “a symbolic saunter to the heart of what it means to be alive and to be human, regardless of time and place.”

Micah P Hinson – “Oh, Spaceman” – Listen

Idiosyncratic Americana troubadour Micah P Hinson returns with a new album Presents The Holy Strangers, out on Full Time Hobby on 8 September.  Oh, Spaceman is the first track made available from it – and it’s the weariest sounding song you’re ever likely to hear.

There is, perhaps, an explanation for the all pervading weariness and the feeling that Hinson hasn’t slept in a good long while – when talking about Oh, Spaceman Micah has said “It was the first song I wrote for my boy, Wiley Tex, after he was born, and the only song I played for about half a year after his birth. It is the only song where the melody and words came before sitting behind a guitar. Which is not a way I’ve ever written.”