Like the sickly sweet shortbread of the same name, Chris “Staple Gun” Stapleton has released Millionaire, a new song from his forthcoming album “From A Room: Volume 2.” which is a cover of the Kevin Welch country classic featuring Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals. The album will be released December 1 on Mercury Records Nashville/Decca and is now available to pre-order digitally and with exclusive limited-edition bundles. He is very beardy though, no escaping it.
Lean Year are Richmond, VA based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker / musician Rick Alverson and their new single is one last taster from their debut album which is now out. “Waterloo Suns” was premiered via Brooklyn Vegan who called it; “a modern, atmospheric take on ’60s folk, and it sounds very pretty.” Stereogum described it as “a gorgeous piece of ghostly folk-rock, like a flickering transmission coming through an old radio from a lost place and time” and there’s not much we can argue with there. Disturbing image though, like looking at Champion the Wonderhorse on ketamine.
Born in Australia, before moving to the UK at 12, Jamie Doe began performing as The Magic Lantern while studying philosophy in Bristol alongside friends like This Is The Kit. Now based in London he has released three albums under the band name – the first with a full band, the second a solo outing and on To The Islands he’s backed by a new band of musicians. Holding hands mixes a folk feel with some jazzier inputs and in its intimacy and with a swooping, gliding, vocal sounds not a million miles away from Sam Lee.
Dan Michaelson will release his new solo album ‘First Light’ on 8th December, the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed “Memory” which was described by the Independent as “making mordant sorrow sound timeless and fresh”. And who doesn’t like a bit of mordant sorrow? The new song Old Kisses “imagines a place where every intimate moment is made material and we are surrounded by the debris of our emotion”. As well as soundtracking the third season of the BBC series “Detectorists”, Michaelson is currently scoring Stephanie Wang-Breal’s feature-length documentary ‘Blowin’ Up’ which is the story of an innovative human trafficking court in Queens, N.Y, following the compassionate judge who runs it and the women who pass through its doors every day. Album track listing is after the audio.
Danish born, Berlin living and with a new EP (this is the title track) due in November which was inspired by the pulse of life in Paris, Lasse Matthiessen is a cosmopolitan new-folk folkie. Opening with a few stabs of electronica, When We Collided soon opens up to reveal an emotional depth that strikes a chord from the first listen. There’s an urgency in the thrumming guitar, there’s a dolorous sense to the vocals, and the interplay with Sara Hartman harmonies is as fragile as a champagne flute balanced on the Pont des Arts.
With the production assistance of Jon Auer (part of reunion era Big Star) Feral Conservatives have captured the Power Pop vibe perfectly on this muscular cut from their new album Better Lives (due November 3rd). Distinguished by Rashie Rosenfarb’s vocals, One More Chance just snaps, crackles and Power Pops from start to finish. What a joy!
Tim Hart from Aussie indie rock/folk band Boy & Bear has announced a new solo album “The Narrow Corner,” set for release on 2nd February, 2018 via Nettwerk. The lead single from the album is the catchy and melancholic I’d Do Well. “I’m really stoked to be releasing my new single I’d Do Well,” Hart explained to Clash in the most Aussie way possible. “For me this song was written in one of my more introspective moments on tour. Missing home and thinking back to living life a bit more simply.” The new album reunites Hart with Milling the Wind-producer Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise, Timberwolf), as well as Sydney producer Wayne Connolly (Cloud Control, You Am I, The Vines), responsible for Boy & Bear’s #1 ARIA charted album “Harlequin Dream”.
Martha Tilston has released her rather lovely new single Green Moon which you can introduce your ears to below. Taken from her seventh album “Nomad” Tilston told us: ‘We are all a hair’s breadth away from feeling either part of, or outside of any experience or relationship. Do we stay forever outside looking in, never daring to reveal and leave ourselves vulnerable, or do we say “screw it, so you told my secrets to everyone, I will survive and I will trust again.”‘ Er, stay forever looking in? She hits the UK for some dates, which you can peruse as you listen below.
The Sunken Coast is taken from the Virginia based folk-rock trio The Anatomy of Frank’s most recent album South America. It highlights lead singer Kyle Woolard’s soft, warm vocals and his intricate guitar plucking which weaves together with Jimmy Bullis’ keyboards and Max Bollinger’s drums to give a softly breathed ethereal feel to this song of mixed-emotions from a relationship that’s over but left behind some still glowing embers.
Can’t take it anymore is the latest single from Glaswegian quintet The Nickajack Men. In case you’re wondering, Nickajack is an area of the rugged Appalachian foothills in eastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama, which in Civil war times remained loyal to the Union, and was decidedly anti-slavery. Good folks, then. The band, however, formed in 2014 and have spent the subsequent time building their live reputation. This heavily melodic track builds from a light folk opening to a noisome blend of the deeply funky with the assured swagger of Southern Rock.