It sometimes seems that the dreamy – albeit they were dark dreams – psychfolk sound died out somewhere around the release of Espers III. Montreal based singer Ora Cogan is doing her best to reverse that state of affairs with the eerily compulsive Crickets, the title track of her new album released on the 3rd of November. It blends her fey vocal with Russel Kotcher’s violins and some deeply atmospheric electronica. It’s a haunting listen.
Ok, yes, we admit it. You’re right. That is the genre hopping artist still known as Lady Gaga singing with Willie Nelson’s boy Lukas. But, there’s really no denying that this is a very funky slice of Southern Soul, just listen to that guitar work as it chips away at your resistance. Now admit it – you love it.
Arguably it’s a little late in the year for the breezy sounds of Summer, but either meditate on the one just gone or yearn for the one to come as LA River Bend offer this track from their upcoming EP entitled Run These Hills. Built around stunning three-part harmonies, driving drum beats and catchy Californian melodies, the song builds into a fast paced, toe-tapping anthemic chorus, where you’ll find yourself incapable of keeping still. LA River Bend, of course, hail out of California and the four-piece are Nate Weiner (Vocals, Guitar), Emily Elkin (Cello, Vocals), Branden Stroup (Bass, Vocals, Guitar) and Jacob Seldes (Drums).
JR Green are two brothers from Strontian, a remote Scottish village a few miles from the most westerly point on mainland Britain, who describe themselves as “bringing a more youthful, virile edge to folk and traditional music.” If there’s one thing there’s not enough of in folk, its virility. New single Tiger Lilly is taken from their soon to be released Flora EP, and “attempts an honest representation of what it is to be made a loser by longing and obsession, what it is to be weak and bloodthirsty, and all else better left in darkness.” Which sounds absolutely terrifying.
The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from LA and who play a combination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock’n’roll. Lead single Train to Nowhere is an upbeat folky song with driving guitars, catchy hooks and story-telling. Showcasing the band’s signature sound of fiddle-fueled melodies and soaring harmonies, accompanied by a powerful trumpet solo. Originally inspired after watching two Netflix documentaries ‘Big Easy Express’ and ‘Festival Express’, vocalist and ukulele-ist (is that a word?) Anna Orbison says: “this song is a perfect mix of what we do best”. As opposed to “this song is a perfect mix of what we do worst” – which could apply to the new Jonas Brothers record.
Like the sickly sweet shortbread of the same name, Chris “Staple Gun” Stapleton has released Millionaire, a new song from his forthcoming album “From A Room: Volume 2.” which is a cover of the Kevin Welch country classic featuring Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals. The album will be released December 1 on Mercury Records Nashville/Decca and is now available to pre-order digitally and with exclusive limited-edition bundles. He is very beardy though, no escaping it.
Lean Year are Richmond, VA based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker / musician Rick Alverson and their new single is one last taster from their debut album which is now out. “Waterloo Suns” was premiered via Brooklyn Vegan who called it; “a modern, atmospheric take on ’60s folk, and it sounds very pretty.” Stereogum described it as “a gorgeous piece of ghostly folk-rock, like a flickering transmission coming through an old radio from a lost place and time” and there’s not much we can argue with there. Disturbing image though, like looking at Champion the Wonderhorse on ketamine.