NEW MUSIC: This Frontier Needs Heroes – South Dakota
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NEW MUSIC: This Frontier Needs Heroes – South Dakota

This Frontier Needs Heroes have been releasing music for over a decade and you can hear that lived-in feel in the playing and the maturity of the arrangement and sublime vocal melodies of singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti on this new song ‘South Dakota’. It’s a mix of gorgeous, folk-tinged vocals, the grit and electric twang of the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Abigail Lapell – Halfway To Mexico
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NEW MUSIC: Abigail Lapell – Halfway To Mexico

‘Halfway To Mexico’, taken from Abigail Lapell‘s 2019 album Getaway, is a beatifully languid and humid folk song that eases along on the back of her wonderfully expressive way with melodies that dance through the song. The Toronto vocalist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist has released two acclaimed solo albums – Hide Nor Hair, her sophomore LP, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Aaron Lee Tasjan – Up All Night
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NEW MUSIC: Aaron Lee Tasjan – Up All Night

Like Tom Petty jamming with Cutting Crew circa 1985, Aaron Lee Tasjan has fully embraced synth sounds, alongside his power-pop guitar aesthetic on this slice of cosmic pop. It works in a playful way too, with hooks aplenty. Kaleidoscopic Americana? Discussing the song, Tasjan says, “‘Up All Night’ is half party anthem, half cautionary tale. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Juni Habel – Fortune
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NEW MUSIC: Juni Habel – Fortune

‘Fortune’ is the closing track on Norwegian singer-songwriter Juni Habel‘s new album All Ears. The folk artist has a beautiful folk tone and temperament which is balanced between the twee and arcane. She shares similarities with the bewitching sounds of early Aldous Harding as well as Big Thief and Tiny Ruins. The interplay between her … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Drayton Farley – American Dream
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NEW MUSIC: Drayton Farley – American Dream

Drayton Farley (Woodstock, Alabama) is a new name to us but his voice caught our ear right off the bat. The lyrics fell into place pretty immediately too. Never over-forced, he balances the poetry and direct political commentary with a tasteful touch of melancholic country. The song definitely calls into the same camp as the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet
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ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet

Lately I’ve been listening to and writing about the sound of ambient country music. I guess it’s the state of the world – but quieter, more ruminative and relaxing sounds have become even more important than ever of late. There are the traditional ambient go-to’s such as Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassall, Williams Basinski and … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Natalie D-Napoleon – Thunder Rumor
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Natalie D-Napoleon – Thunder Rumor

We’re excited to be able to bring you the video premiere of the new single and opening track from Australian-American singer-songwriter and poet Natalie D-Napoleon‘s brand new album You Wanted to Be the Shore but Instead You Were the Sea. Just prior to her permanent return to Australia late last year, D-Napoleon, recorded her fourth … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Chris Portka – A Candle Is A Raging Fire!
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NEW MUSIC: Chris Portka – A Candle Is A Raging Fire!

We love traditional folk and country music but when something comes along that puts a twist on the old and adds new textures, moods and flavours then we’re immediately drawn to their fire. Chris Portka does just that on this new single “A Candle Is A Raging Fire!” With the parched and emotive harmonica that … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Robert Connely Farr – If It Was Up To Me
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NEW MUSIC: Robert Connely Farr – If It Was Up To Me

This killer tune from Robert Connely Farr had us straight from the opening lines… “If it was up to me I’d burn this fucker down, hit the road and not look back on this godforsaken town.” His delivery – burnished and brusque, forlorn and on the wrong side of good intentions – is perfectly placed. The … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Scarecrow & Do What Fits
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NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Scarecrow & Do What Fits

Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada songwriter David James Allen is a man for all seasons. He cites some of his skills as graphic artist, DIY record producer and poet and he clearly takes that polymorphic approach with his music; effortlessly blending country, folk, psych and pop sounds into a wonderful kaleidoscopic sound that could easily … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Wicked Messenger – You Don’t Love Me Anymore
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NEW MUSIC: The Wicked Messenger – You Don’t Love Me Anymore

The Wicked Messenger is based around songwriter Jimi Beavis and bassist Janey Mac, who have surrounded themselves with a damn fine bunch of players, the most recognisable being Ben Franz on pedal steel. ‘You Don’t Love Me Anymore’ is a deceptively simple track that slays with its shuffle and pulse and the super hooky vocal … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: R McClure & Tall Shadows
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NEW MUSIC: R McClure & Tall Shadows

I’m digging this reverbed, rollicking sound from R McClure & Tall Shadows. The British Columbian has a great take on country music, adding a really cool, dreamy psych sheen. Lovely stuff. ‘Big Night’ rides a great shuffling drumbeat like the rush of a successful night mission. ‘Me And My Hangover’ slows things down but finds … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Pierceton Hobbs – Fawn
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NEW MUSIC: Pierceton Hobbs – Fawn

As this song starts you’re drawn in by Appalachian songwriter Pierceton Hobbs‘ interesting drawl that curls around the vowels and twists them into interesting shapes. Then the band kicks in and there’s a wonderfully laidback yet deep feel to the groove. ‘Fawn’, the title track from Hobbs’ debut album makes for a really nice introduction … Continue reading