Harry Pane “Here We Stay” – Listen

Harry Pane’s new song Here We Stay is a story of lovers, set amongst a tragedy, with some rather nice lyrics and Harry’s signature intricate fingerpicking on the guitar creating a touching soulful sounding folk track.  It comes after the release of his latest EP “The Wild Winds” earlier this year which saw him crowned as BBC Introducing’s Featured artist and picked to collaborate with Frank Turner at The Roundhouse for Frank’s Lost Evening’s with OneFest, which as cruel and unusual punishments go is particularly harsh. What must he have done in a past life?

H.C. McEntire “A Lamb, A Dove” – Listen

H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, is striking out on her own with her debut solo album Lionheart which sees the light of day in January, and she’s shared the album opener “A Lamb, A Dove,” along with a lyric video. She’s collaborated on the record with many of her favourite musicians, including Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt, William Tyler, Mary Lattimore, and Phil Cook. She says of the album: “In music, there are no rules. You make your own language. You can be both the Southern rock outlier and the twangy gospel conduit. You can be both the cherubic, honey-tongued innocent and the ardent punk. To get here—to find my lion heart—I had to become them all.” Like a shape shifter.

Track premiere: Orphan Colours “High Hopes” – Listen

Orphan Colours release their new single this Friday, and we have an exclusive stream for you here at AUK. When UK alt country outfit ahab went on indefinite hiatus, songwriter Steven Llewellyn decided to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight and hey presto Orphan Colours was born. Llewellyn told us:”High Hopes  was written very quickly, within half an hour. It was one of those strange occasions where it just flowed out without having to think too much about it. It sounded great as soon as we played it together as a band and it’s been part of our live set ever since.” The song is the first track to be lifted from debut album ‘All On Red’ which is out 26th January 2018, and the band have also been selected to showcase at the Americana Music Association Festival in the new year.  Now they just have to make a video for the song that’s worthy of its title.

Willie Breeding ft. Caitlin Rose “Prague Spring” – Listen

Kentucky based newcomer Willie Breeding will release his debut album ‘Big Sky’ early next year, with the first single to be taken from it Prague Spring featuring a guest vocal from Caitlin Rose.  Detailing the story behind the song he explains “One night in Prague, 1962, the son of the Italian ambassador met an actress they called, “The Czech Bridgette Bardot”.  Their adventures were like a black and white noir. Bullets were drunk out of martini glasses. Official diplomatic vehicles were stolen.  14 years later, my wife was born… I called Caitlin because she’s one of my favorite lyricists, and I thought she would enjoy the story. I felt too close to the material working on it myself. Later, when I was showing my wife the lyrics Caitlin and I had written, she instantly came up with the last line of the song, which I took as a good omen.”

Ora Cogan “Crickets” – Listen

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.

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real “Find Yourself” – 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.

LA River Bend “Summer Wind” – Listen

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 “Tiger Lilly” – Listen

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 “Train to Nowhere” – Listen

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.