Since then, I have been itching for their full-length debut. This week, they released a new tune – Chili Town and said that a new album is en route via the fine folks at Mom + Pop Music. Mom + Pop are becoming the label for kick-ass female artists with Hinds, Courtney Barnett, Lucius and Lady Lamb. That is a murderer’s row of rocking females.
Chili Town is consistent with Hinds’ prior efforts. It is a hazy garage rock tune with just a hint of surf rock in it. I can’t wait for the full length. Hear some older tunes here
This past Saturday, I entered into Pitchfork with SarfariMan all excited to see Bully. SafariMan asked if I was a fan of Protomartyr. I told him I wasn’t man of enough for them, subsequently tweeting the following.
Protomartyr showing a commitment to black that I haven't seen since Al Davis was alive @pitchforkfest
We hung out for about half their set of intense and fiery post-punk. Lead singer Joe Casey roasted in an ill-fitted black suit while knocking down cool ones and heaters, all while the rest of the band – guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard, and bassist Scott Davidson – laid down a thunderous racket. It was pretty awesome.
Their third album, The Agent Intellect, will be out on October 9th via the fine folks at Hardly Art. The lead single is Why Does It Shake? and Casey sounds like a demented Craig Finn, who happens to be a fan of the band as well. Casey says of the song title, “It’s a back-handed ode to humanity’s resilient self regard in the face of inevitable oblivion. Then the trap door opens.”
I can’t believe its been seven years since The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, released Shallow Grave. Matsson came out of the gate sounding like a youthful Dylan. The follow-up, The Wild Hunt was solid but mostly similar to Shallow Grave. I slowly lost interest in TMOE which tends to happen with me and singer/songwriters. Frankly speaking, his third album, There’s No Leaving Now came and went, barely registering on my radar.
So when Dark Bird Is Home was announced, I shrugged it off. I don’t even think I clicked on the email to hear the first track. It wasn’t until the combo of a Shirk text and a Strand of Oaks tweet hit me that I decided to give this album a spin. And holy smokes, was I blown away?
I won’t Dark Bird is Home to Dylan going electric at Newport; but I will use his good friend Tim Showalter as comparison. I believe that Tim, aka Strand of Oaks, fully found his voice when he brought in a band. That allowed Tim, and now Kristian to use sonic palettes that prior were left unused. Helping Matsson flesh his sound is HearYa favorite BJ Burton, the man behind taking Stu McLamb of The Love Language from bedroom project to full realized band,
The album was born from the ashes of Matsson’s divorce. Needless to say that life on the road is tough on performers and their families. Field Report dug into that on his latest, Marigolden and Matsson doesn’t shy from that either. That lends the album to starting off under a dark cloud and slowly coming out of the fog. The slow build leads to the time tested adage, what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.
The three songs in the middle are the heart of the album. Little Nowhere Towns beings with just a piano melody and Matsson before a backing vocal arrangement makes a cameo, taking the tune to another level. Sagres is an unadulterated pop melody that Matsson & Burton handle wonderfully. It is the tune that is Matsson’s personal phoenix and that is followed up by Timothy, which I can only hope was inspired by Showalter.
I expected this album to pass me by with no fanfare. Instead it has become one of my favorites of 2015.
I became smitten with Pony Boy after hearing her EP back in 2014. Pony Boy’s real name is Marchelle Bradanini, and she plays music that feels destined for a True Detective season. If it isn’t a term already, twang-noir should be. And a picture of Bradanini should be next to it in the dictionary.
Out August 28th on the boutique imprint, Cosmic Thug Records – which Bradanini co-founded alongside Nashville producers, Adam Landry and Justin Collins. Here’s some more color on the album:
“The record is looking at California in the rear-view mirror,” explains the artist, real name Marchelle Bradanini, who currently splits time between Nashville and England. “Sometimes you gain perspective on a place when you leave it.”
This sense of flight and modern nomadism is manifested throughout Blue Gold and lends a sprawling feel to her tracks including lead single “Marquee Man,” a sultry satire about an actor with an ego that is so inflated; he’s a legend in his own mind and the ambling, guitar-kissed “Metal Dreams” the first track revealed from the album which premieres today via Black Book.
The breadth of her musical references on Blue Gold is dizzying: Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Cass McCombs, Hank Williams, Daniel Johnston, the funk singer Betty Davis…. Still, great humanistic soul belies her feminist punk ethos. “I love the intimacy of singer-songwriter records, dimensions to your voice, people who don’t exist in a scene,” she says.
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