This is music to enhance and lift the soul. It is contemporary folk that revels in the wonder of the natural world and pausing to absorb the moment. It feels important to celebrate that now. There is straightforward, graceful lyricism in Ian Roland’s work: “Count on today // Count on just today // Take hold of this one chance // And count on today.” The song soars on the strings of Simon Yapp and Brione Jackson, whose voices wrap beautifully around that of Ian Roland. ‘Songbirds’ is the latest single from the newly-released album, ‘Double Rainbow’, which comes highly recommended.
We’re slightly late to the party with this one but at the end of last week Wilco premiered new song ‘Tell Your Friends’ as a lockdown performance for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Each member of the band performed the song via live stream surrounded by family and pets. The song focussing on reuniting with friends at the end of this pandemic contained the refrain: “Don’t forget to tell your friends/This is going to end/Oh, and I needed you.” It’s available for purchase on Bandcamp, and all proceeds from the single will go toward José Andrés’ organization World Central Kitchen, which provides meals and other relief to those affected by the pandemic.
‘Wild’ is the debut single from singer-songwriter Daniel Spiller. It’s a confident, accomplished first release. With a likeable melody and a foot-tapping rhythm, ‘Wild’ is an engaging start and bodes well for the future. The accompanying video features scenes from Nashville and reinforces the theme of searching for a place in the world. Spiller is developing a following through airplay on BBC radio, an ‘Under the Apple Tree’ session for Whisperingbobtv and an appearance at the C2C festival. Enjoy.
And so another week comes to its inevitable conclusion dear reader as we go into what may or may not be the penultimate bank holiday weekend of the year – there are plenty of live streams happening if you fancy bedding yourself in with a beer but in the meantime, we leave you this week with two pieces of new music. Below you can find the latest song by Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger – ‘Queenstown’ is about a road trip around New Zealand’s South Island a few years ago “… it was one of the most magical times of my life . This song I think encapsulates that feeling of travel and freedom – something that we are all probably missing greatly at the moment.” But before that here’s Jesse Malin covering Tom Petty’s ‘Crawling Back to You’ a from Petty’s 1994 album ‘Wildflowers’. Malin saw Petty perform the song at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017 — at what would turn out to be Petty’s final show. Stay safe and have a good one.
We end the week with a real treat. Through our ongoing series of mini-gigs, we are trying to recreate the joy of live performance in the comfort of your own home. Here, Brady Harris provides an Americana masterclass in both songwriting and performance. He has proved time and again that he can craft superb songs, full of melody and smart lyrics. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Brady Harris”
Watching the dancers perform in this video is strangely beautiful and calming. The same can be said of the music. The young dancers,
Isabella Dunbar, Lucy Dunbar and Ciarán Mac Giolla Cheara, reflect the song’s key theme of repetition. As would be expected from Arborist, ‘By Rote’ is melodious, sweeping and cinematic with layers and layers of delicately combined and expertly played instrumentation. Continue reading “Video Premiere: Arborist “By Rote””
Lisa Akuah has a lovely, clear voice and an ear for an engaging melody. ‘Natural Worrier’ is the newly released single from the Berlin singer-songwriter. Layers of guitar and cello give depth to this folk ballad about inner turmoil and the feelings of self-doubt when relationships unravel. The haunting video was shot around the lakes and moors of Berlin and complements the song well. Lisa Akuah is one to watch.
Gorgeous harmonies and beautiful finger-picking are features of this video premiere from Turn Turn Turn. The band consists of Adam Levy from alt-rock band The Honeydogs, singer-songwriter Savannah Smith, and Barb Brynstad on bass and singing. Each voice is distinctive and different, which makes for an engaging combination. All three members are accomplished musicians, bringing a range of experiences and styles to their new project. The Minnesota trio’s debut album, ‘Can’t Go Back’ will drop on 5th June and promises more soulful harmonies and cross-genre, melodic songs. Enjoy.
The music sounds timeless but the subject-matter is so very now. The latest video from Paul Kelly is his response to the Australian bush fires that ravaged the country last year, an event that seems long-forgotten amidst the current global crisis. With lines like, “Sleep now, don’t worry, there’s no need to hurry,” and, “With acid seas rising to kiss coastal mountains,” his writing is lyrical and yet brutal. It’s a call for action on a problem that hasn’t gone away while we have been distracted. Continue reading “Video: Paul Kelly “Sleep, Australia, Sleep””
‘My Vibe’ is the latest single from Mt. Joy. In the video, set in a dirty diner, a roller-skating waitress serves awful food to awful customers. It plays with the idea of people eating their final meal as the world outside is ending. Frontman Matt Quinn says, “The song is about letting go and living in the moment, and trying to let new people in your life if you think they can make you happy.” It’s taken from ‘Rearrange Us’, the new album out on 5th June, which has been produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Decemberists, Modest Mouse). Check it out.