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 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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
Oh wow. Katey Brooks has a voice you could cut glass with, and on this new song demonstrates her distinctive otherworldly arrangements. If you like this one check out her booming cover of In the Air Tonight. She’s also a relentless tourer and has some UK dates in December – check them out here .
Okkervil River’s latest track What Friends Do is the theme song to Amazon Prime’s animated holiday special “Click Clack Moo: Christmas At The Farm”. Breaking Bad it’s not. It’s based on the book series from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin and features various voices including SNL’s Pete Davidson. Okkervil’s Will Sheff explained to Stereogum: “When I was preparing to write the theme for Click Clack Moo I listened intently and repeatedly to my favorite kids’ songs by writers like Joe Raposo and Harry Nilsson. There’s something about writing songs tailor-made for kids, I noticed, that brings out something really tender and urgent in adults. You start thinking a lot about what the one simple and sincere message you’d like to pass on to a kid might be.” Like, stop throwing your dirty socks under the bed.
Soft Fangs is the musical project of Brooklyn-based songwriter, John Lutkevich. Having previously released an EP and a debut album, Lutkevich’s latest release Fractures saw a change in the recording process, as he explains “The LP is a collection of songs that I wrote over the past year in fragments and then recorded in three days during a snowstorm in Maine…it’s the first album where I’ve enlisted the help of others to engineer, so I let my good friends Bradford Krieger & Chaimes Parker (Big Nice Studio) handle all of the recording aspects, and I just got to run from instrument to instrument.” The result is the place where pop meets hauntingly dark imagery and sounds.
Stereogum have premiered a new track by the act they describe as “Arizona’s resident Americana band” Calexico who recently announced their ninth studio album, “The Thread That Keeps Us”. Voices In The Field follows on from lead single End Of The World With You with all the usual mariachi influences but a nice dash of doom thrown in. After all, tis the season to be gloomy.