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.”
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.”
What do you get when you mix trained operatic vocals with Joe Cocker’s soul shrieks and blend that vocal with a lo-fi vibrato heavy rockabilly country sensibility? You get Hayley Thompson-King. And what do you get if you’re both in Hayley Thompson-King’s band and seeing her socially – and then there’s a harsh break up? You get to inspire the red hot Large Hall, Slow Decay.
The song features on Hayley Thompson-King’s upcoming new album Psychotic Melancholia which is out on the 1st of September on Hard To Kill Records.
Not that this going to become a habit – although it very possibly could – but following on from yesterday’s Real News about Van Morrison’s upcoming album Roll with the punches (due out this September) it is a genuine pleasure, nay a privilege, to feature the first track made available from what is Van’s 37th studio album.
Oh, and when Van says “take it one more Jeff”, that would be Jeff Beck getting a name check. Thought you’d like to know, you’re welcome.
Following on from yesterday’s news story here’s the chance to hear the first track from Ian Felice’s upcoming solo album, put together with the help of the original Felice Brothers line-up of James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.
Following the success of his fourth album “Copenhagen” earlier this year, Scandinavian born Benjamin Folke Thomas is back with a new album for his fans, a live album featuring tracks from his extensive back catalogue. “I wanted to make an honest record, something that reflects my solo live shows in a realistic way, so I decided to record a live album in my living room. I wanted to have the friendliest audience I could think of and my biggest fan is probably myself, no matter what others may think. So I was my own audience. I recorded each handclap, each chuckling laugh, and every excited call for more. It’s all me. Me me me…” Hear for yourself whether that’s as awesome as it sounds on the track Sex Addict taken from the new record.
Uncut describes The Last Dinosaur’s music as “Elegiac, cathartic, rewarding, and beautifully moving” and 6 Music describes them as “One of the most underrated bands in the country” possibly because when you type their name into Google it brings up a 1977 B-movie about a wealthy big-game hunter who has a multimillion-dollar company which drills for oil under the polar caps with a manned laser drill, and basically it all goes wrong – a man dressed in a dinosaur suit makes an appearance, the precursor to Barney. Anyway the new single is full of indie-folk loveliness so you should listen to it, and then watch the film.