Track premiere: Rainbrother “Black Chemicals”

Rainbrother were formed while frontman Bjarke Bendtsen was touring with The Migrant in Europe – he performed with a group of fellow Danish musicians and after moving back to his home turf, decided the sound was too good a thing for a one off. There’s a new album out in the Autumn and they’re doing some Danish dates this month but in the meantime, they’ve shared this warm fuzzed up track with us from their next album. Bendtsen told AUK: “The song is about all the beautiful and scary stuff that breaks loose inside of you when you love and want to be loved, about the big black animal that walks its own ways, defies all reason.” I think it’s called a dog.

Select Captain “Miles Apart” – Listen

On which Kristian Gaarskjaer (a.k.a. Select Captain) blends his subtle guitar and folk leaning vocals with Soluna Samay’s to produce a duet which meditates on relationships that are intimate…but not emotionally close…that feel good…but feel like they aren’t going anywhere.  Painful stuff.  Hurtful stuff.  Rather beautiful.

 

The Sound of Ghosts “I’m Gonna Be Free” – Listen

LA folk collective The Sound of Ghosts bring some buzzing electric guitar into the mix on this track from upcoming release Delivery and Departure.   The Sound of Ghosts are “laying a foundation of self-evaluation” on their path to the promised land on this song of two musical halves.

 

Louis Brennan “Airport Hotel” – Listen

On this folk mini-epic, gravel voiced Louis Brennan captures the particular bleakness of cheap airport hotels – nothing says transitory more than a brief encounter that involves the contents of a mini-bar and a feeling that things could be better than this.  And it’s an airport – so someone’s not going to be here tomorrow.

The Good Graces “The First Girl” – Listen

The Good Graces is the folk collective formed by Kim Ware in Atlanta back in 2007. The First Girl is taken from the band’s latest release, The Hummingbird EP, and takes a bold and unflinchingly honest view of relationships and how they can have a tendency to end. It’s open and unfiltered and if there’s blame on both sides well Kim Ware takes her share “I’m a sucker for a good story / But I always make a mess of my own / And I wish I could rewrite the ending / So nobody ends up all alone”.

The Hanging Stars “On a Sweet Summer’s Day” – Listen

With four-part-harmonies and luscious twelve-string guitars London’s The Hanging Stars borrow a musical feeling from The Byrds for this perfect slice of psychedelic folk-rock.  On a Sweet Summer’s Day is from the band’s new album Songs For Somewhere Else which will hit the shops 9th of February.

AVERS “Everything Hz” – Listen

It’s true, there is too much music and sometimes…just sometimes…a great album slips by unacknowledged.  Emerging in the middle of last year Omega/Whatever, the second release from AVERS is one such – it’s an album about the struggles of living in the modern world. There are songs about divorce, technology, late nights, corrupt politicians, and societal norms.  It’s also the rockiest rock noise one could wish for.

Will Stewart “Sipsey” – Listen

Having returned home to Alabama after a few years in Nashville Will Stewart has dug deep into his roots and pulled out his solo debut album County Seat, which is released on April 6th. Sipsey is the lead single and touches on that strange feeling that you can never quite go back home again. It’s warm and nostalgic – wistful for the past and longing to reconnect.