Having been away for nearly 12 years, Sleep Station is making a welcome return, at least for this listener. David Debiak crafts the blend of Americana that seems to bleed over into the realm of casual pop, the sort that hits right at home for my personal tastes. There are those forlorn bending guitar lines, but Debiak’s voice seems to have this melodic hop to it, springing atop the gentle strums. I love the spritely bounce that comes near the 1:40 mark, just leaving me this little pop nugget to carry with me in my pocket. You’ll find this song on the new LP, American Rust.
Okay, so let’s just put this out there…we’ve actually met the members of Bergman Beach many a time…as the group features members of Templo X and Shivery Shakes (both ATH Record alumnae). But, please don’t let those two bands influence your expectations, as the new project is said to envision “what the Beach Boys would sound like if they were from Nashville.” For me, it kind of recalls some of the latter Conor Oberst records where’s he culling from the rich history of Americana, much like this group does…though they’ve added in a nice backing vocal to give the song a melodic balance we hope you enjoy. Let’s hope we’ve get more from the group going forward!
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything from Austin’s Marijuana Sweet Tooth, but they slink back into the music scene as if they’ve never missed a beat. They offer up some desert imagery on the single’s cover, and they ride off into the horizon on the back of a dark-tinged Americana. Vocals are traded between male and female counterparts, as guitar chords bend behind in the mix, softly accented by light percussion. It’s a welcome return in my book, and one that I hope comes with the promise of more new music in the very near future. Until then folks…
We’ve been keeping an eye on Texas outfit El Campo for quite some time, and we’re really pleased to share with you “New Criticism,” a new tune from the band’s forthcoming LP. The songs below are quite powerful, seemingly sprawling across the great landscape of Texas; I’m particularly in love with the way Jarid Morris’ voice soars just beneath the 3 minute mark…a pretty powerful moment. However, this song is also marked by hardship, as is the entirety of the new record; lead songwriter Jarid was dealing with lymphoma while drafting these songs…and there’s an honesty in staring at death that I feel comes across, particularly in the accompanying demo version we’ve posted below. Goldun Stair, Meet You There will be out soon…and we hope you’ll spend some time listening below.
Hopefully all of us have recovered from a wet weekend and are ready for a week of heat and new music. Kick starting this week off right is this new song entitled “Wheat” from L.A. based up and comers Wilderado. This one is for fans of bands like Fruit Bats or maybe even some of the poppier sides of Dr. Dog. It’s a driving track with a great chant along chorus that’s sure to cheer up your Monday blues.
Wilderado will release their new EP Latigo on July 22nd via IAMSOUND Records.
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The last year or so I’ve been re-indulging in my adoration for country/Americana/folk, which is actually where my earliest musical tastes began (thanks dad). So here we are streaming Let It Rise, the new album coming from Brooklyn’s 2/3 Goat. The record words its way back and forth between singers Annalyse McCoy and Ryan Dunn, each having a unique manner in which they portray the stories and tribulations that have dominated their lives. “Whiskey Sins” and “Jenny” both got the early single treatment in the album cycle, but I think I’ve been stuck listening to “Whistle in the Wind” a great deal as of late. The band will be self-releasing their record this Friday, so preview it below, and grab it if you love it.
El Campo came onto my radar a few years ago with a little work they did for Punctum Records, but the band has been really hard at work over the last year, touring all over, and even having time to sit together and record this track off their recent Double AA record. I love the video, illustrating not only the pop-centric Americana, but the bond of friendship shared by the band members themselves. This is our, and your, first glimpse of the family-style video…hopefully it point out why you should check these boys out. Oh, and where can you see them? They’re playing this Friday night at Lamberts with Wiretree. Doors for the show are at 10 PM (More info HERE). See you there? If not, grab the new AA record HERE.
We’ve given some love to Promised Land Sound in the past so you shouldn’t be surprised to see their name mentioned here again. Today they have this great new track “Otherworldly Pleasures” for your listening pleasure. It’s a little bit psychedelic with dashes of Americana and maybe even just a hint of folk stylings for good measure.
You can pick up new album For Use and Delight on October 2nd via Paradise of Bachelors.
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Wednesday March 24th will see the unofficial launch of indie/folk outfit Carry Illinois’ first full length album “Alabaster”. Fronted by local folk stalwart Lizzy Lehman, who has a slew of solo records as well as an album with the now defunct the Blackwells, Carry Illinois brings the best of pop rock to the soulful foundation of folk song craft. Carry Illinois will be supported by other great acts such as the Loblolly Boy and the Deer. Lovers of Americana, folk, and pop rock will not want to miss this show. Currently Carry Illinois has released two tracks for streaming on their Soundcloud Page to whet your whistle. Physical copies will be available at the show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on March 25th and the official release is slated for April 7th. Music starts at 9pm with Loblolly Boy, followed by the Deer at 10pm, and Carry Illinois will cap the night off at 11pm.This show is a free one so no excuses y’all!
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It’s been so long since I’ve heard the band name The Parson Red Heads, and I’m glad to receive some news today that they are indeed still alive and kickin’. For proof, check out this brand new song called “To The Sky” and offer us your thoughts. I find it to be a nice little slice of Americana music similar to something we might have heard from Blitzen Trapper back in the day that eventually ends in a majorly infectious jam out session. I’m okay with that.
Expect new album, Orb Weaver, to hit stores on October 23rd via Fiesta Red Records.
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