The Deportees are an Aberdeen based band who look to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Waterboys, and Wilco as their musical inspirations. Over three years in the making, their debut album The Birth of Industry is out on November 3rd (launch party, by the by, is at Dunbar Street Hall the next day) and the first single is A Single Truth which displays those influences nicely. Is there a touch of King Creosote in there as well? Could be – take a listen.
12-time BBC Folk Award winner (greedy) and ex-Bellowhead frontman, Jon Boden has just shared his new single All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight in advance of his new solo album ‘Afterglow’ which arrives on October 6th via Hudson Records. Speaking about the new track, Boden says: “Without easy access to electric light and with a shortage of oil, our lives will again become bounded by the astronomical cycle of the universe, and our relationship with the stars will become closer, uninhibited by artificial light pollution. I wanted the stars to have a big presence in the album, particularly Orion who, as a ‘hunter’, is someone who our hero identifies with as he searches the city for a girl he knew once but hasn’t seen for many years.” And his car keys.
The new album from London based indie-folksters The Mining Co. looks back to a different time: “a time of total freedom, a wild childhood, long days and nights spent listening to radio stations like Radio Luxembourg, before the internet and before mobile phone communication and the start of a love for music: Elvis, Springsteen, New Wave: the soundtrack to love – come, gone and missed – a celebration to the past that still shines brightly.” That’s what the PR says although from personal experience, childhoods in the 80s were Jimmy Young, music drowned in over production and being tucked up in bed by about 5.30pm with cauliflower cheese (again). This track from it is still lovely.
It’s kind of a dream come true situation for Dori Freeman’s first single from her new album. When Dori was 22 she liked to kick-free from the Bluegrass music she’d grown up surrounded by and drive about singing along to her Teddy Thompson CD. Then she dropped him a line telling him how good they sounded together. Long story short, the album Letters Never Read was produced by Teddy Thompson, and yes guitar fans you do recognise the playing on If I Could Make You My Own. Dori Freeman has kept it Thompson on the album as well, adding a cover of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight on a collection that she says is happier sounding than her debut “I always want to put out something that’s a genuine representation of what I was going through” noting with a laugh that getting married last year to fellow musician Nick Falk made writing love songs much easier.
Langhorne Slim’s new album “Lost at Last Vol 1” is out November on the Dualtone label and he’s released an EP previewing three tracks from it, one of which you can hear below (and it’s not a Cranberries cover, just to get that disappointment in now). Paste writes: “The main vein of the song is unrequited love: “She drank red wine in the pouring rain / She read me books about the human brain.” The woman Slim depicts in this song isn’t emotionally available beyond intellect and friendship—true to patriarchal form, Mr. Slim puts the mysterious mistress in the body of a monster. But he also puts himself in one. As Slim sings towards the end of the song, “he wanted her heart” in the same way a zombie wants the brain.”
David Ramirez has shared a new single Stone Age which is taken from his album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” which comes out today on Thirty Tigers Records. The songs focuses on Trump’s wall as Ramirez ruminates about the state of the country from the perspective of Mexican heritage on his father’s side. Discussing it, Ramirez says: “I was visiting my girlfriend in London during July 4th week last year, and waking up every morning there was a lot of stuff going on here in the States. I was reading the news as far as police vs. Black Lives, violence and things like that, marches and rallies and the gay club in Orlando getting shot up. It was just strange. I found myself in a state of mourning for the country, so I started writing that song over there, thinking, ‘Maybe I should stay here.’” Honestly David, between X Factor, Brexit and the royal baby, you’re better off for now picking France. Always welcome though.
David Crosby has shared the title track with Billboard from his forthcoming third solo album “Sky Trails” which he wrote with singer songwriter Becca Stevens. He told them: “We both spend a lot of time on the road and when you’re on the road, after the second or third week you don’t know where you are. You’re out there somewhere, and all the cities look roughly the same, and you lose track. I know it sounds funny, but it happens to us road musicians all the time, and that leads to a kind of disorientation. There’s no instruction book for this, you know?” But there is David!
Hamilton-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott Brood will release their new album “Ghost Gardens” on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records, and they’ve released the second single to be taken from the album. Dig A Little Hole is a jaunty little number which would be quite good background music if you were actually digging a little hole (a very little hole, it only lasts for two minutes). Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country’ although not much sign of death or blackness here tbh, which is good given we’re on the verge of the next apocalypse.
Charlotte Carpenter has announced her new EP “Shelter” which will be released on October 20th via her own label Let It Go Records. Born in Northampton, Carpenter has been free-wheeling her blues driven songs around the UK via a series of EP releases and festival appearances and is building towards the release of her debut album, calling to mind artists such as Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett and lead track Shelter is both melodic and immediate with a real pace to it. Head below the clip for those dates.
Blue Rose Code is aka singer-songwriter Ross Wilson and they’ve/he’s unveiled the first cut from their/his (we could go on like this…) forthcoming new album “The Water Of Leith” which is due out 27th October on Navigator Records. Love Is… is a duet with folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis, and talks of ideals and anticipation, although without mentioning the famous comic strip of the same name. He’s playing a veritable feast of dates around the UK starting later this month to promote the new record – you can have a gander below. Look out for a review on AUK soon.