Love, Burns Share Their New 7″

We fell for the charms of Phil Sutton’s solo outing Love, Burns when he shared the splendid “Gate and the Ghost;” it’s a must have track for anyone in love with the purity of pop. Today, we get to hear the B-Side “It’s a Shame,” which features Hewson Chen of Lake Ruth on lead guitar. I like the slight adjustment in the approach, perhaps offering a glimpse at the various influences Sutton toys with in his songwriting. In part, there’s a definite paisley pop feel operating with some steady electronic organ, but as the tune progresses you can hear a sort of Spaghetti Western guitar coursing through, adding in this ominous touch that may (or may not) allude to the track’s theme. It’s like we’re all waiting for our pop hero to climb the mountain of indie rock with the setting sun behind him, casting this glorious shadow that is Love, Burns. If you’re inclined, the 7″ is immediately available from KUS in Germany, but there will be some stateside copies ready within the next month. Plus, a full LP is on the way for next Spring.


Did You Check Out the Big Harp Single?

harpLast week, Big Harp released this great little single, and we got caught running behind the show, so I didn’t get a chance to toss it up.  But, better late than never, amiright? There’s really two things working for this tune…one is that the song revolves around this indifferent vocal approach akin to Rural Alberta Advantage; it’s like a little Southern drawl drawn out in its own fashion.  Also…there’s a delightfully bright chorus that’s perfectly juxtaposed to the verses, so that it grabs the listener.  It all wraps up in under 2 minutes, so you’ll be able to play it again and again before you get too tired.  Look for this track on their new 7″ via Fat Possum on March 10th.

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New Music from the Moondoggies

We first brought you news of a new full length from Moondoggies back in May, and said album, Tidelands, is still on for release on October 12th, from our really solid friends over at Hardly Art (well, we like them all, but mainly Moody). This latest track really shows a great deal of promise, as it has a huge Northwestern feel to it, using great harmonies to accompany that woodsy-stomp.  You can’t deny the extra emphasis from the organ/piano here either.  It’s that sort of harder-edged American sound that appeals to people from all walks of life. Is this record out yet already? We want it.


Download: The Moondoggies – It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity [MP3]