Video: Lynne Hanson “Long Way Home”

Here is the polished, well-produced new video from Lynne Hanson.  This heartbreak ballad features a bluesy tone and rootsy guitars.  Hanson is ably supported by Kevin Beit on guitar and Jim Bryson on the keyboard.  It’s taken from her brand new album, ‘Just Words’, which is Hanson’s seventh.  A seasoned song writer and performer, she has supported the likes of Steve Forbert, Gretchen Peters and Albert Lee.  Continue reading “Video: Lynne Hanson “Long Way Home””

Video: Elephant Stone “We Cry For Harmonia”

Elephant Stone’s dreamy sound is perfectly complemented by this animated video for the final single to be released from new album, ‘Hollow’.  The director, Mike Turzanski, says of the video: “I wanted to make a series of animations that would take you through the music. The song itself is like riding a smooth wave through time. I wanted to make sure the visual elements had a similar feel to bring you through to the other side.”  The song features sumptuous instrumental layers, beautiful vocals and psychedelic flourishes.

Video Premiere: Ayla Brook & The Sound Men “(I Think I) Hit My Limit”

Check out the characterful vocal and excellent musicianship on this video premiere from Ayla Brook & The Sound Men.  The easy, rootsy rock sound and the well-crafted song are complemented by a video that showcases the performers.  ‘(I Think I) Hit My Limit’ is taken from the band’s new album, set for release on 13th March.  Produced by Terra Lightfoot, ‘Desolation Sounds’ promises to show why the band won Roots Artist of the Year at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards.  Enjoy.

Video Premiere: Love Me in the Dark “Old Soul”

This is the international video premiere of the new lyric video from Love Me in the Dark.  The voices of Steve McCormick and Heather Donavon blend beautifully.  The two met on stage five years ago and have never looked back.  With a memorable melody, gently atmospheric slide guitar and gorgeous harmonies, ‘Old Soul’ is an engaging listen.  The duo’s soon-to-be released album features a host of fabulous players, including Grammy-winner Keb’ Mo’, and will be well-worth checking out. Continue reading “Video Premiere: Love Me in the Dark “Old Soul””

Video: Sam Lee “Lay This Body Down”

A beautifully directed, artistic video complements this excellent new song from Sam Lee.  His vocal range and characterful voice are real features of ‘Lay This Body Down’, which is taken from his third album, ‘Old Wow’, released at the end of January.  Produced by Bernard Butler (Suede), these songs sound deep and lush.  They often focus on the challenges facing the natural world; Lee is an environmental campaigner as well as a superb songsmith.  Look out for shows across England throughout February.

Video: Eyelids “The Accidental Falls”

Here’s the new animated video from Portland-based Eyelids.  The single, ‘The Accidental Falls’, is the title track from their new album, which is due for release on 14th February.  This is the fourth album from a group of seasoned performers and they bring all their experience from working with the likes of The Decemberists and Guided By Voices.  It’s an upbeat, tuneful number, full of shimmering guitars.  Look out for their European tour in autumn 2020.

Video: Kacy & Clayton “That Sweet Orchestra Sound”

Two minutes in, shortly before it finishes, the pace changes suddenly and draws you into this new single from Kacy & Clayton; it’s a good example of the quality of their song writing.  ‘That Sweet Orchestra Sound’ is the final song from recent album ‘Carrying On’, which was produced by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco).  The Canadian duo are influenced by traditional country, English folk and 1960s psychodelia, all blended into a warm rich sound.  Ones to watch.

Video: Jim Lauderdale “Cackalacky”

Here’s the brilliant new release from Grammy-winning Jim Lauderdale.  It’s fascinating to see these expert performers at work in the studio.  The song is taken from the upcoming bluegrass album, ‘When Carolina Comes Home Again’, due to come out on 27th March.  Unbelievably, this will be Lauderdale’s 33rd album.  He says of the record: “North Carolina has such a long and important heritage in bluegrass music.  Since it’s where I’m originally from and where I started playing bluegrass, it seemed right to go back to my roots in bluegrass there and collaborate with musicians in that area. There’s just something in the atmosphere there.”

Video: Miss Tess “The Moon is an Ashtray”

This is a beautiful, imaginative video to complement a timeless song from Miss Tess.  It’s directed by Tom Krueger, who has created videos for many great artists, including David Bowie, U2 and Springsteen.  The video even features a villainous character, The Abductor, luring away innocent souls.  In the context of this magical, cinematic piece of art, that’s not as crazy as it sounds!  Miss Tess says: “The moon looks magical from far away, but up close, it’s a dry and barren landscape that catches the ashes of burned up dreams that have floated away. It’s all about perspective, you know?”  She makes a good point.

Video: Mapache “Life on Fire”

The video for ‘Life on Fire’ has a retro, home-video style and is as feel-good as the music.  It’s taken from their new album, ‘From Liberty Street’, which is due for release on 20th March.  Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci bring a Californian flavour to their harmonious, folk-rock songs.  Watch the video and brighten your day.