Driven to ditching her acoustic guitar by an endless series of broken strings, Abbie Morin switched from her folk-rock persona to the Fender Jazzmaster sound of new project Hammydown. It’s the quirky garage-pop that could get filed alongside the B-52s or They Might Be Giants . The new EP – Pizzaface – captures the sound of the millennial slacker – those who button up and drag their way through the working week whilst trying to pursue creative passions, but still just feel like losers who are stuck in a series of service industry jobs and a rotating roster of bosses who helpfully tell you “it doesn’t cost anything extra to give service with a smile”. Happy Monday!
Having struggled with immigration for their SXSW appearance this year – lead singer Bjarke Bendtsen had his entry visa which resulted in Rainbrother playing their first gig in Austin with Bjarke still on his living room couch in Copenhagen. Not wanting to let Trump win, the band played the rest of their parts with a pre-recorded projection of Bjarke behind them not missing a single beat and creating a truly unforgettable performance.
Not that this has anything to do with their new single Fat Eggs, but it’s a good story. So, what about the new single from sun drenched psych-pop favourites Rainbrother? Bjarke Bendtsen explains “Fat Eggs is a song about giving into late night temptations, lusts, desires and the beauty of being human. The song is also about not caring too much and eating fat eggs when they’re on your plate and still hot”.
Yeah, well that’s that explained then.
Here’s a new track from the people who run ‘Kansas Smitty’s’ venue in London fields which hosts ucutting-edge bands from just about every genre you can think of emerging out of the jazz world as well as their regular ‘jazz raves’. Imagine such a thing. New single ‘Movin’ On’ featuring Lewis Durham of Kitty, Daisy and Lewis on vocals has a twangy upbeat bluesy indie vibe, and various 6 Music shows have picked it up which is nearly always a good thing. The band play Love Supreme Festival, Cornbury Festival and Boomtown Fair festivals this summer
The lovely Josh Ritter is back with his ninth full-length album ‘Gathering’ which comes out September 22nd on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Ritter will be heading out with his “Royal City” band over the course of this winter, including a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 5th December. Speaking of the album he said “I have been writing records for almost twenty years now. Each one has been different from the last in subject and form, but with Gathering I feel I’ve found a new electric dissatisfaction, a new way to rejoice as the storm rolls in”. Quite apt for today. You can hear the first track Showboat below in the form of one of those nice singalonga lyric videos.
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.