I had to search our own site to find out how long it’s been since I’ve posted an album review and I will refrain from embarrassing myself with the exact timeframe, though you could search yourself I guess. We as an ATH staff have been neglectful as a whole when it comes to album reviews and we are hoping to rectify this moving forward. Hopefully you can understand that if an album has brought me out of my review slumber it must be a great one. The very soon to be released new album from Dan Mangan, More Or Less, is just such an album because, holy hell, it’s impressive. Hit the jump for some thoughts, photos, and tunes.
The new Dan Mangan album More or Less is very quickly climbing up my list of favorite albums coming out this year. Now I apologize to those of you who have to wait for the release date, but trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed once the LP drops next week. For those who need more proof of the album’s greatness, I suggest you check out this new song “Cold in the Summer”. Mangan is seriously creating some of the best work of his career.
New album More or Less hits the streets on November 2nd via Arts & Crafts.
Earlier this summer I was reminded of the greatness created by Dan Mangan and his music. Still unsure as to why he fell off my radar over the years, these new singles from his latest album are a wake up call. This new track “Just Fear” is yet another beauty of a songwriter tune which will fall in with some of the best works of Mangan’s career. Though he still flies somewhat under the radar, the guy is a true genius.
Mangan will release new album More or Less on November 2nd via Arts & Crafts.
A few weeks ago, I was beside myself when I heard about a new album from long time singer songwriter Jason Collett. At the time, we only had a taste of the album with new song “I Wanna Rob A Bank”, but now Mr. Collett has offered up yet another new tune for his fan’s pleasure. This new slow burner, “Where Things Go Wrong”, is an interesting piece of songwriting that features a downtrodden tempo with simple lyrics that accurately convey the break up message. You can pick up new album Essential Cuts on September 25th via Arts & Crafts.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/10-Where-Things-Go-Wrong.mp3]
Download: Jason Collett – Where Things Go Wrong [MP3]
I knew close to nothing about Toronto based outfit Snowblink prior to listening to their tunes today. After a few listens, I’m glad I gave them a chance. The band weaves a very intricate portrait with all of their beautifully crafted music. New song below, “Unsurfed Waves”, is sure to give you some kind of an idea as to what I’m talking about when I say the band has well crafted tunes. If I’ve peaked your interest, the band will be dropping new album Inner Classics on September 11th via Arts & Crafts Records. Enjoy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Unsurfed-Waves.mp3]
Download: Snowblink – Unsurfed Waves [MP3]
Torquil Campbell of Stars and Chris Dumon are returning with their band known as Memphis for a 3rd LP under the moniker. Below you’ll find new track from the guys entitled “I Want the Lights on After Dark” for your enjoyment. Of course you’ll hear a lot of the influence from Campbell and his many years in the Canadian powerhouse. Hell, this could probably even be labeled as a Stars song and most people couldn’t tell the difference right? New album Here Comes a City will be available on March 8th via Arts & Crafts.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/03-I-Want-The-Lights-On-After-Dark.mp3]
Download: Memphis – I Want The Lights On After Dark [MP3]