On Wednesday, Local Natives put out some cryptic messages via their social media, including something that amounted to a blue screen. Logic seemed to dictate that new music was around the corner. Well today, Local Natives released their first new track in over three years with Past Lives. This post in 2009 seems like so long ago. Here’s what Taylor Rice had to say about it.
The world is not static, it’s made new over and over again. But we tend to live the same patterns in a loop, loving the same way, wrestling the same demons, the same dynamics playing out around us again and again. Untangling every moment and decision that led us to where we are now can make fate feel concrete, inescapable. But our world is not fixed, it’s constantly reemerging, and we can change it into whatever we want.
I first heard of Pinegrove via Steven Hyden’s excellent Celebration Rock podcast. And the hard reality is that I only clicked on this podcast because he had Amber Webber from Black Mountain on. And man, did turn out to be fortuitous; as I was won over after his talk with the lead singer and chief songwriter, Evan Stephens Hall.
Hyden described them as such – merging DIY punk with country and folk on the recent album Cardinal. Maybe it’s because of that description but I was immediately reminded of early Lucero when I first spun Cardinal. They don’t sound like them per se, but Cardinal combines this heart-on-your-sleeve ethos with this feeling that they are pouring ounce of their being into their music. And they also have this knack for breaking your heart, like some of Lucero’s best.
The album’s four track, Aphasia, is pretty damn amazing. Its heartbreaking in that protagonist is finding it hard to connect with the world around him but slowly finds his voice which coincides with the bridge that builds with a rousing chorus and crunching guitars, leading into a nice guitar outro. If you don’t feel anything after that you’re either dead or you listen to shitty music.
Baltimore’s Outer Spaces will release their debut full-length LP, A Shedding Snake, on May 27 via the fine folks at Don Giovanni Records. In the email announcing the album, it mentioned that A Shedding Snake was inspired by Murmur-era R.E.M. Yes please.
It definitely has that feel to it. It does a nice job of blending indie-folk with those jangly guitars from my youth. This tune is outstanding and I’m looking forward to more.
Tetherball is the solo project of Steve Voss and his latest EP is Physical Violins. Voss does it all – he wrote, performed and produced it all by his lonesome. And I’ve seen every band indie pop band you can imagined referenced when describing him. Its definitely tough to pigeonhole his sound but nonetheless, it is a damn interesting listen. There’s got to a lot of shit going on inside that head of his. Here’s a link to a longer piece on Paste, if you want to learn some more.
Here’s some info from the PR machine – Physical Violins doubles as the second release in a series of six Tetherball EPs, all due out in 2016. Sunny at times and aggressive at others, it nods to his influences — including fellow left-of-center artists like Beck, St Vincent, and Spoon — while creating its own sound, spinning stories of gun-toting tigers, amnesiac WWII soldiers, and bloodthirsty gladiators along the way.
This album came out of nowhere for me. Morby played bass in the band Woods for a few years, and while I enjoy their music; him leaving didn’t register to the same affect as when Isbell left DBT. By that I mean, I wasn’t counting the days for his solo releases. But based on this [...]
Kalispell is set to follow up on 2012′s Westbound with Printer’s Son. It will be released on June 3rd via the fine folks at Cartouche Records. Kalispell is the moniker of Shane Leonard, a native of Eau Claire, WI. Leonard has collaborated a number of musicians over the last four years, most noticeably with Field [...]
Photo by Ebru Yildiz Right before I hopped on a flight for SXSW 2015, I caught this video for Townie, and proceeded to scribble her set-times all over my pristine schedule. And I’m glad I did. On my way heading across town from East Austin, I saw her name on my schedule and slipped into [...]
In light of the truly disgusting laws that North Carolina and Mississippi recently passed, the fourth track, Heaven Sent, on The Very Last Day hits home. In the tune, Milsap takes the part of a gay man asking for acceptance from his Evangelical father. It is a heavy tune and Milsap hits it out of [...]
Last year, I fell in deep like with Summer Flake’s EP, Time Rolls By. It was part of my year of down under when I became enamored with a number of acts from Australia and New Zealand, highlighted by Courtney Barnett. Summer Flake is the project of Stephanie Crase and she’s apt to draw comparisons [...]
I received an email from Dan Knishkowy, Adeline Hotel’s songwriter, a few weeks back regarding their debut, It’s Alright, Just The Same (out May 13 via Wild Kindness). It was produced by songwriter/composer Will Stratton. I took one listen of the track below and I was hooked. Here’s what Dan had to say about it [...]