Scottish indie-folksters Frightened Rabbit have ripped into the Tories after last week’s election loss by sharing the new track “Fields of Wheat” on Soundcloud which asks: “Are you ready for the pinch you’ll feel, the fractured homes that will not heal?” Paying homage to TM’s answer to the naughtiest thing she’s ever done (arms sales to the Saudis must have slipped her mind!) they wrote: “We made this today. It felt like the song should go out now, because it’s about what’s happening now, it’s about where we live and if we waited too long the sentiment could go stale. We don’t want to be too descriptive or conclusive here, our only hope is that you listen, enjoy and share it.” The genre is tagged as “fuck the Tories.”
Consequence of Sound are this morning carrying a new song by our favourite furry friends the Fleet Foxes. They report: “Fleet Foxes will return with Crack-Up, their first album in six years, next week. Frontman Robin Pecknold & co. have teased fans with two songs so far, “Third of May/Ōdaigahara” and “Fool’s Errand”. Now, a third track, the gentle “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”, has been unboxed. Hear it down below.” The new album “Crack Up” arrives next Friday – look out for a review on AUK soon.
Yola Carter has released a demo from her forthcoming album called ‘It Ain’t Easier’. In her own words: “Here’s a demo of the song ‘It Ain’t Easier’ from my new album. As I get closer to the end of writing it the more I’m falling in love with it. Falling in love doesn’t make it easier though – just means you’ve gotta try harder to do right by it.” You can catch her in Scotland on tour from 21st of this month, or tonight at the Borderline in London if you can stand the suspense of not having the telly turned on at 10pm.
Known as East Nashville’s go-to harmony girl – if you’re listening to a record by Margo Price, Anderson East, Andrew Combs or chatting to Richard Thompson or Aaron Lee Tasjan – they will sing the praises of Erin Rae. She is on tour in the UK this month and today releases her new single Like The First Time which premiered on The 405, who described the track as, “drawing from country but infusing with 60s psych, Rae is capable of drawing genres and ideas that are seemingly at odds with one another into something quite remarkable”. The track will be officially released on 9 June.
Atlanta-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ben Cramer, aka Old Sea Brigade has recently shared another new track “Cover My Own”. Earlier this year in January saw the release of his second EP entitled “Wash Me Away,” and in the following month saw him embark on his first ever European tour, supporting the Portland trio Joseph. He’ll be returning to Europe for selected festival appearances, as well as a planned UK tour – look out for dates here soon.
‘I’ll Cry’ is the latest single to be taken from ‘America’, the debut solo album by Juanita Stein, out on 28th July on Nude Records. Says Stein: “’I’ll Cry’ is a musical ode to the all-American greats I took my cues from as a budding songwriter. Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and the work of Phil Spector, all of whom made a significant imprint on my heart, I’m forever channeling that soulful sadness.” And if you want to feel that vibe live, she’s just announced a brace of UK shows, in Brighton (1st August) and London (2nd Aug) to coincide with the album’s release. Full list of dates here.
This from Rolling Stone Country this morning: “Much of Jason Isbell’s forthcoming LP, The Nashville Sound, is about balancing the intimate with the external: even when we are isolated, we’re never alone, and no decision we make is ever without context or repercussion. On “If We Were Vampires,” it’s love with the modifier of death, and on “White Man’s World” it’s the insular comforts of a more privileged existence surrounded by so much suffering. Continue reading “Jason Isbell “White Man’s World” – Listen”