Posts Tagged new music
“Come and See,” Lean Year
–a meditative and profound song with lilting vocals and a mesmerizing melody. Powerful and elegant. Lean Year is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson [The Comedy, Entertainment]. The duo co-wrote the album at home in Virginia and recorded it at the home studio of Chicago musician and engineer Erik Hall [In Tall Buildings, NOMO]. Lean Year’s self-titled album is out now.
“Oh Marie,” Misty Boyce
— This is an aching, sad, beautiful, winding song. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter’s full-length album, Get Lost, will be released on February 16, 2018. As a popular keyboardist, Misty Boyce backed Sting, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and BØRNS. She recently lost her brother to an opioid overdose and her step-father to suicide. The indie-folk artist turned to writing music to work through the varied emotions she felt after these losses and hopes to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction, mental illness and suicide. Boyce said: “Sometimes, I write to get the things I don’t want to feel out. And then maybe somebody else hears it and feels the same way, and it makes us both feel less alone. I get very frustrated with how disconnected we all are from each other, and how we’ll use whatever we can get our hands on to other people, whether it’s religion or our phones or what you like on Pinterest—anything to make us feel right and prove other people wrong. And then we don’t have to listen anymore. We can just tune out and focus on our own self-obsessed worlds. Nobody’s listening. It’s a scary thing.”
If asked about my musical tastes I gravitate mostly toward darker, goth female artists but have a soft spot for the flannel boys of Americana –bands like The Avett Brothers and Band of Horses. Sometimes I dig those rootsier beats. The Lone Bellow album Walk Into a Storm has me swaying and swooning in my Doc Martens. Note to self: find some flannel shirts at Goodwill. Maybe bring back my 90s wardrobe of flannel and jean shorts with tights. There are plenty of heartfelt and poignant songs on this album enveloping you in a big auditory hug. Things are tough. Despite challenges and adversities we’ll be okay if we stick together. And the power of music can lift our spirits and open our hearts. The opening track swiftly draws you in and digs deep. It’s moving, particularly with Kanene Pipkin joining Zachary Williams on the chorus. I particularly like these lyrics: “I’ve got no sickness/ Got no disease/ Except for the heart inside of me.” The song “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy” reminds me a bit of Chris Robinson Brotherhood both in twangy guitar and earthy vibes. “May You May Well” is a hopeful meditative song. There’s an aching beauty to “Come Break My Heart Again” with Williams singing: “Come break my heart again/ So I can feel it /I think you need it/ I know you mean it…” A swaying and feverish beat anchors “Time’s Always Leaving.”
The Lone Bellow’s third studio album, Walk Into A Storm [Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks] was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, Tenn. It will be released September 15, 2017.
WALK INTO A STORM TRACK LISTING:
- Deeper In The Water
- Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy
- May You Be Well
- Come Break My Heart Again
- Walk Into A Storm
- Time’s Always Leaving
- Can’t Be Happy For Long
- Between The Lines
- Long Way To Go
The Lone Bellow will kick off a tour in support of their new album on September 21 in New York.
Sept 21 – Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY#
Sept 23 – Farm to Fork Festival- Sacramento, CA
Sept 29 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC ^
Sept 30 – Riverfront Park Concert Series – Lynchburg, VA
Oct 01 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH^
Oct 02 – Opera House – Toronto, ONT^
Oct 03 – El Club – Detroit, MI^
Oct 05 – Lincoln Theatre – Columbus, OH ^
Oct 06 – Dave Finkelman Auditorium – Middletown, OH ^
Oct 07 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY^
Oct 08 – Deluxe at Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN
Oct 10 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL^
Oct 11- Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL^
Oct 13 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI ^
Oct 14 – The Englert Theatre – Iowa City, IA ^
Oct 15 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN ^
Nov 01 – Bijou Theater – Knoxville, TN*
Nov 02 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA*
Nov 05 – Iron City Birmingham – Birmingham, AL*
Nov 06 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC*
Nov 07 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC*
Nov 09 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC*
Nov 10 – 9:30 Club – Washington D.C.*
Nov 12 – Infinity Hall Hartford – Hartford, CT*
Nov 14 – State Theatre – Portland, ME*
Nov 15 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*
Nov 16 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT*
Nov 17 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
#Supporting The Head And The Heart
*w/ The Wild Reeds
^w/ Mt. Joy
Gary Numan will tour North America this fall in support of his 22nd album– Savage (Songs From A Broken World) [BMG]– which will be released on September 15, 2017. Featuring plenty of dark and fervent electronica beats, the new album is bold, guttural, expansive, provocative, primal and emotional. I could listen to it on repeat for days.
Savage (Songs From A Broken World) Tracklisting:
- Ghost Nation
- Bed Of Thorns
- My Name Is Ruin
- The End Of Things
- And It All Began With You
- When The World Comes Apart
- What God Intended
- Pray For The Pain You Serve
**vinyl format adds ‘If I Said’ (Track 9) and ‘Cold’ (Track 12) while ‘If I Said’ also features on the deluxe CD (Track 10)
North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX
Harp Samuels, “Secrets”
Low-key beautiful. Soothing and reflective. The kind of music I like to listen to on a lazy Sunday, or in the evening or pretty much anytime. Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harp Samuels has composed music for television and is an award-winning professional photographer. influences include Damien Rice, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and John Mayer. His debut album Wanting will be released September 3, 2017.
Luna, “Let Me Dream if I Want To”
This song oozes coolness with its funky swanky beat. The sonorous and self-assured vocals and that hook! Can’t wait to hear Luna’s new album of full-length covers. A Sentimental Education [Double Feature Records] as well as the instrumentals EP called A Place of Greater Safety. Both will be released on September 22, 2017. Luna is: Dean Wareham, Justin Harwood, Stanley Demeski, Sean Eden, Lee Wall, Britta Phillips.
2 by bukowksi feat. Kid Moxie, “Hot Summer”
dreamy new song from Berlin based duo Achilles Charbilas and George Malamidis featuring Kid Moxie. This is the first of several 7″ singles that 2 by bukowski will release this year.
Wistful, upbeat and comforting, it’s kick back with a beer or a glass of wine and soak it in music from a talented songwriter and guitarist. Indie-folk/Americana artist (and longtime John Prine guitarist) Jason Wilber will release a new album, Reaction Time, on August 11, 2017. His music is in the vein of Neil Young, Replacements, Father John Misty, Son Volt and Old 97s.
The Bloomington, Indiana-based musician said:
“Making records, for me, is a process of discovery. Often, the song you thought was gonna be great turns out to be okay, and the one you thought was just okay turns into something amazing. And that’s because of all the collaboration—with the producer, with all the other musicians—and also the unknown, the mystery of what’s gonna unfold when you start working on a song. You can never predict what’s gonna happen. So as you go through the process, you have to keep your ears open for the things that are magic.”
Looking for a fun, catchy summer song? With sweet vocals and heavy beats this is a good choice. New York pop singer Samantha Urbani wrote, recorded and co-produced the song and directed the video. Urbani is the front-woman for conceptual punk pop band friends and this is her solo project. Urbani said “Go Deeper” is about “how necessary visibility and accountability are – getting to the bottom of things, transformatively: the harder it is, the more worth it. The only way out is to go through.” Debut EP out soon.
Swarming Branch, “Zsazsur’s Real Estate Song”
Upbeat, catchy and quirky single. I get a bit of a Folk Implosion and OK Go vibe from this Columbus, Ohio based experimental electro/indie/folk project of singer/songwriter Andrew Graham, drummer Lon Leary and a rotating group of collaborating musicians. The new album from Swarming Branch— Surreal Number— (SofaBurn Records) is out now. The album was produced by Rob Barbato (Drinks, Kevin Morby, Peaking Lights).
Luca D’Alberto, “Endless”
Full throttle new wave classical music in this gorgeous, atmospheric song. Luca D’Alberto is a classical composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist [violin, viola, violectra, cello and piano] from Italy. Endless [7K!] is out now. The album was produced by Martyn Heyne (Nils Frahm, Lubomir Melnyk, Peter Broderick, Tiny Ruins and The National).
About the album title, Luca said: “Endless is a secret place, a place where we can be free to remember everything, without being afraid, without limits. A place where we can let go of ourselves, without thinking, where we can allow our bodies to rest peacefully and find the courage to live the noisy silence of our lives.”
Connor Desai, “Killing the One Who Believed in Your Love”
— comfortable, soulful vocals combined with meaningful lyrics provides candor and intensity in this song about a woman’s independence and self-identity. Desai explained: “The decision to reclaim oneself often requires women to grieve someone who is still living, or an ideal which was part of them.”
Connor Desai earned a masters in teaching and works as a music teacher. The Seattle-based musician’s new EP, Sister, is out now. Feminists take note.
Thayer Sarrano, “Thieves”
Thayer’s vocals sound a lot like Hope Sandoval and the song’s arrangements may remind listeners of Mazzy Star. The ethereal, swirly music instantly takes you to emotional depths both gloomy and exquisite.
Athens, GA-based psych/shoegaze/dream-pop artist Thayer Sarrano grew up in a seminary as well as the swamps of southern Georgia. Classically trained as a child, she writes poetry and instrumental compositions. She started collaborating with friends and worked as a studio/touring session player with of Montreal, Dead Confederate’s T. Hardy Morris, Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Dave Marr, David Barbe, Kuroma and more. Her new LP is called Shaky.