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WEEKLY SINGLES ROUNDUP – Sept 25th, 2020

As usual, a great county of new singles hitting the airwaves and digital universe this week. First up is this lovely duet between Kurt Vile and John Prine, recorded late in 2019. “Probably the single most special musical moment in my life,” says Vile. It’s part of a new KV EP called Speed, Sound, Lonely KV, out Oct 2nd.

Luke Sinclair of Raised By Eagles is stepping out with the first taste of solo material, under the name The Luke Sinclair Set. ‘Boots To The Grave’ is a sublime track that captures his heavenly way with melancholic melodies, never overplaying his hand in terms of cluttering a song.Beautifully recorded by Roger Bergodaz at Union St studios in Melbourne. Looking forward to more from Luke!

Family Jordan released a great single earlier in the year called ‘Big Grass‘ and this followup is equally fine. A laidback country-rock sound with a hint of T-Rex buried in its DNA, it rolls along effortlessly. They’ve got debut album coming this year on Holiday Maker Records.

Jeff Tweedy surprised us with the announcement of a new digital solo album, Love Is The King due out on October 23rd. He released the title track and this gem ‘Guess Again’, that showcases his effortless and timeless songwriting abilities. He’s also got a new book on the horizon called How to Write One Song, published on October 13th. 

Woozy twangcore (yep I made that one up) from Tallinn, Estonia group Holy Motors and their new single ‘Trouble’, from their forthcoming album Horse, out Oct 16th. They sound like Mazzy Star playing lost and ghostly country covers.

Robert Ellis has released this great cover of the Bobby Charles song ‘I Must Be In A Good Place Now’, originally released on Charles’ 1972 self-titled LP. Ellis’ piano is all over this track but in a recent podcast episode of Joe Pug’s The Working Songwriter, Ellis revealed he’s about to (or by now already has) record a new album, primarily based around guitar and vocals, influenced by English folk music.

Over the last few months I’ve been discovering and loving the atmospheric sounds of SUSS, who describe their compositions as ‘pastoral psychedelia’. Built on pedal steel, loops, baritone guitar and keyboards, they dial into that otherworldly space where William Tyler, William Basinski, Brian Eno, Luke Schneider, Daniel Lanois, Richmond Fontaine and undergo sonic explorations. Where the desert meets the cosmos.

William Crighton (with William Barton and Julieanne Crighton) puts his foot down and digs deep into Australian blues-rock soil, railing against the injustices that abound in this nation. Rousing and righteous. It’s Crighton’s first new music in two years and the first taste of his forthcoming third studio album, due for release in 2021.

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