Kate Ellis “I Believe” – Listen

Louisiana born, New York raised and now resident of London, Kate Ellis’ new single came out last Friday.  This is actually the acoustic version of ‘I Believe’ that’s on the B-Side, if that makes sense in a download world.  Anyway, it’s always worth checking out the flipside and in this case the acoustic version if anything emphasizes the purity of Ellis’ vocal, quivering with emotion as one human being tries to help another out of a slough of despair.  It’s worth checking the full band version on the A-side too – that gently rocks a little.

Brandon Grafius “Things Get Right” – Listen

Sounding like a text book definition of roots-rock, and featuring some hot fiddle ‘Things Get Right’ is a toe-tapper and no mistake.  It’s the first single from Grafius’ upcoming second album ‘Highways and Backroads’ due in May, and optimistically celebrates things getting better “I used to wake in cold sweats / now I’m sleeping through the night“.  Well, what the heck, lets go into the weekend with hope.

Maria Kelly ft. Ailbhe Reddy “Threads” – Listen

Seems like a long time since we’ve featured folktronica – not so long ago you couldn’t walk down the street without tripping over a half dozen examples of the genre.  Threads is the new single from Irish singer-songwriter Maria Kelly who has teamed up with rising artist, friend and recent touring buddy Ailbhe Reddy.  The haunting Threads  challenges a non-committal lover to choose: a deeper relationship or the door.  It’s ethereal and reverb heavy, with a booming bass-line sounding like waves breaking on a shingle beach during a decisive twilight walk .  In winter.

Great Lake Swimmers share two new songs – Listen

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the indie-folk/rock band Great Lake Swimmers led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker who decided for the band’s next record to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way.  Continue reading “Great Lake Swimmers share two new songs – Listen”

Lost Brothers “Come Tomorrow” – Listen

What do you get when you combine the duetting style of the Everly Brothers with the lyrical style of the spectral strain of Gothic-Americana ?  Well, something rather like the Lost Brothers, who’s fifth album Halfway Towards A Healing was recorded in Tucson, Arizona, at the perfectly titled Dust and Stone Studios.  And it’s from that album that the slow building Come Tomorrow is taken.

 

Belle of the Fall “Rise Up” – Listen

Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, an indie folk rock pop alternative americana with a soul, duo from Connecticut. Tracy plays upright bass and sings and Julia plays nylon string guitar and sings.  Rise Up is a sumptuous track, and who could resist lyrics like “dealing with uncertain fate is not the time to postulate nor is it the time to fall”.   The album of the same name is due in April.

Track Premiere: Simon D James “Dearest Lovely World”

Brighton based singer-songwriter Simon D James has a global vision, and his debut single Dearest Lovely World was written whilst he was volunteering in the Calais refugee camps.  This experience led him to recognise that “regardless of colour or creed we are all bound together by the common threads of love, loss and the need to find community in an ever more fractured world”.

Track Premier: Jesse Terry “Mr Blue Sky”

Jesse Terry has a brand new album coming out, hot on the heels of last September’s ‘Stargazer’.  It’s an album of duets with female artists including: Dar Williams / Sarah Darling / Erin Rae/ Kim Richey & more.  This track premier is taken from that album – a cover of  Jeff Lynne’s Mr Blue Sky. Explaining why he chose this track Jesse has said “Mr Blue Sky is one of those rare songs that can instantly turn my day around, and change the way I view the world. To me, the song feels like emerging from sadness and embracing the light in a spirited rejoice: “Mister Blue Sky, please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long, where did we go wrong?”…when you change the tempo and instrumentation, everything feels different – and that gorgeous melody and lyric takes on a new life and meaning. I think that’s the mark of a truly great song”. Jesse Terry is on tour in the UK in April.

Ryan Adams releases Valentine’s Day single online – Listen

Ryan Adams has a shot of V-Day love for the world this year with the release of a special Valentine’s Day single today. ‘Baby I Love You’ is exactly what it sounds like: a song to someone’s baby (colloquial as opposed to small child, although it might work either way) who they love—a unique twist on Ryan Adams’ classic recipe, with key ingredient “sad” replaced by “happy.”  Head over to the Pax Am website for more info.