Admittedly, I can’t help but think of early Tallest Man on Earth when I listen to Cut Worms. But, also in all fairness, we covered those early releases quite a bit, so it makes sense. All that being said, there’s a little bit more of a pop swing in the sound, as opposed to a clear Dylan predecessor. Take the 2 minute mark and the rushed stutter and burst, before that forlorn harmonica reappears and crafts a sense of wonder and longing. This song will feature on his debut album, Hollow Ground, dropping on May 4th via Jagjaguwar.
S. Carey‘s latest video really hits home for me, and not just musically. I used to live in Yellowstone. True story. And, I’ll admit, I wish I had Carey’s tune in my car as I drove throughout the park on errands and what not; it does perfectly match the setting and ambiance of traveling through the park. But, be warned, as they actually don’t hit the park until about the 1.5 minute mark; they go through some other locales, equally as majestic. Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s just a damn good song, but I’m going to keep watching this video on repeat for a bit. You’ll find this track on the latest LP, Hundred Acres, via Jagjaguwar.
Max Clarke’s Cut Worms project caught our ear last year with his latest EP, but today’s news promises the debut album we’ve been anxiously awaiting. This tune harkens to a purity in the pop canon, though it’s elevated ever so carefully with Clarke’s extra touches. There’s almost a Western swing added to a seemingly 60s era pop tune via the guitar lines darting out quickly through your speakers. I’m also really attracted to the brevity of it all; it’s short, sweet and to the point. Hollow Ground will be released via Jagjaguwar on May 4th. He’ll also be in Austin for SXSW, if you’re going to be around.
The formula for writing a great pop track is to really latch onto a solid melody; you don’t need much more than that to pull the emotional heartstrings of most listeners. And, when it comes to the work of Cut Worms, Max Clarke pretty much abides by this rule, though with an added element of artistic flare. This brand new track has the bare essentials, working with a nice strum and solid melody; it sort of has the feel of classic 60s pop songwriting. What’s most impressive are the elements that you’re likely to overlook if you find yourself immediately charmed…like the layers of extra guitar licks or the organ tinkering about in the distance. Whatever its is, it’s hard not to find yourself entranced by Mr. Clarke. And if you’re enjoying yourself, go check out his Alien Sunset EP on Jagjaguwar.
The Canadians formerly known as Viet Cong, now known as Preoccupations are readying what is sure to be one of the top albums of 2018. I’m probably a little late on this since I was in a snow day stuper yesterday, but when songs are as good as “Espionage”, I’ll share them late or not. The track has a very 80s electronica, new wave feel to it with the usual intense vocal delivery from frontman Matt Flegel. This is shaping up nicely.
Preoccupations will drop New Material on March 23rd via Jagjaguwar.
While I’ve admittedly been a really power-pop/indiepop state of mind, this tune from Cut Worms was able to make its way into repeated spins. Songwriter Max Clarke is said to have written this tune after the passing of Lou Reed, and I think Lou’s looking down with a grin. The slight quiver in the vocals really helps deliver that emotional pull, and I like the natural melodic turns that come with change of phrasing. Something nostalgic here, making me wish I was turning this up as I drove off into the horizon. Look for the Alien Sunset EP from Cut Worms on October 20th via Jagjaguwar.
Good news for people who like good music; Cut Worms has signed on with Jagjaguwar, helping to spread of Max Clarke across the globe. I appreciate the fact that while Clarke operates within the confines of folk, he seems to be approaching it in slightly different manner, something that sounds more orchestrated and grand than many of his peers; it just makes the whole composition sound more soulful, matched by Max’s voice. His debut EP, Alien Sunset, will be released by the label on October 20th.
Midnight Sister first got our attention with this zany video, and with the release of this new video they’re pulling us in a little closer in anticipation of the debut of their full length album. “Clown” is no exception to this excitement. The song is a nostalgic orchestral pop lullaby, complete with sweeping string arrangements that will leave you swooning. The whole number feels like a blast from the past, with cutting melancholy that’s doubled down by the pristine vocals from Juliana Giraffe and the visual accompaniment of two figures slow dancing in the middle of an empty street. Take a peek below and get ready for the release ofSaturn Over Sunset, which will be out September 28 via Jagjaguwar. Pre-order it here.
Absurdist pop group Midnight Sister should be at the top of your list when it comes to artists to watch, as they’re making major waves with only two singles released. The music is nostalgic, playing heavily on the 70s organ sound and the quirky vocals. While minimalist in nature, the music video makes up for the airy tune with its weirdo aesthetic that will have your eyes glued to the screen for its duration. “Blue Cigar” has a Nico vibe, but channels modern pop a little more towards its end. Take a peek below.
Today, Trevor Sensor has released the title track from his upcoming release, Andy Warhol’s Dream, and it is yet another solid track from the gentleman. While his earlier work reminded me a whole lot of The Tallest Man on Earth, it seems that Sensor has found his stride in expanding his sound towards an americana direction. You still get the ever haggard and rough vocals that you’ve come to love from this artist, but the piano really shines as a bright and clean counterpart to the grit of Sensor’s voice. Take a listen below and then go pre-order his new album here.
Andy Warhol’s Dream will be out June 16 via Jagjaguwar.