NEW MUSIC: Zach Phillips – The Lonely Hunter
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NEW MUSIC: Zach Phillips – The Lonely Hunter

‘The Lonely Hunter’ is the third track released from The Wine of Youth, the new album by San Diego-based singer-songwriter Zach Phillips. Based around a simple repeating guitar motif, Phillips weaves some sublime vocal melodies that rise and fall, circling those exquisite guitar notes and the subtle rhythm section. Lovely stuff. “The Wine of Youth” is … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Idle Joy – Little Rain
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NEW MUSIC: Idle Joy – Little Rain

Los Angeles band Idle Joy recently released their second album Your Stars and one of its highlights is the widescreen country rock of the song ‘Little Rain‘. Characterised by hot-wired guitars that slash and burn, jangle and twang across a loose and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll landscape, the song starts slow and steady before gathering … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Tough Love
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NEW MUSIC: David James Allen – Tough Love

Ontario songwriter David James Allen has hit a wonderfully rich and immersive psychedelic folk-rock sound on this new song. There’s some Devendra Banhart weird wistfulness, backed by a burbling funk-lite rhythm section and some dovetailing vocals that deal in the theme of companionship and a deep romance between two people; one of them is dying … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Eric Cannata – Another Song
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NEW MUSIC: Eric Cannata – Another Song

Los Angeles songwriter Eric Cannata recently released his new EP Lonely Beast, featuring this track, ‘Another Song’. It’s one of those warm, low-key ruminations that takes in folk music with sweet dynamics and a lush sonic world. Cannata cites Wilco and Sparklehorse as influences and you can definitely hear them on this track, filtered into … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Pauline Andrès – Elastic Heart (acoustic Apocalypse) – Sia cover
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NEW MUSIC: Pauline Andrès – Elastic Heart (acoustic Apocalypse) – Sia cover

We’ve been impressed with Pauline Andrès‘ music for a few years now, particularly her 2018 album Fearless Heart. When a tornado alert came up on her phone in Nashville and then the coronavirus restrictions kicked in, the songwriter bunkered down and took a swing at the Sia song ‘Elastic Heart’, stripping it back to to … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Fanny Lumsden
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INTERVIEW: Fanny Lumsden

FANNY LUMSDEN WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL THAT SHE COULD FIND SOLACE IN Fanny Lumsden’s third country-folk album, Fallow, sees her exploring new musical terrain and dealing with the loss of loved ones and the joy of bringing new life into the world. As she explains to Chris Familton, it’s an album that represents possibility … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ron Pope – Dodge Aries Wagon
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NEW MUSIC: Ron Pope – Dodge Aries Wagon

Last month, Nashville-based Ron Pope released his new LP Bone Structure, a 15-track set of songs that are presented in both subtle and overt form as a collective letter to his young daughter. Pope seems to have had in interesting and at times challenging life to-date, as an impoverished child of teenaged parents to broken-hearted New … Continue reading

ALBUM PREMIERE: Charm Of Finches – Your Company
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ALBUM PREMIERE: Charm Of Finches – Your Company

Last week we premiered ‘Lies’, the excellent new single and video clip (shot by Adalita) by Melbourne sister duo Charm Of Finches. Now, ahead of the release of their new album Your Company (produced by Nick Huggins – Jen Cloher/Bonnie “Prince” Billy/Laura Imbruglia) we’re very pleased to be able to preview the album in full … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Carver Baronda – Devotion
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NEW MUSIC: Carver Baronda – Devotion

Carver Baronda is a New Orleans-based songwriter who has featured on a couple of compilations and released a cassette of her home recordings. ‘Devotion’ comes from her first studio release – a four song EP called Spooky Love. The ramshackle, organic vibe of the song is what pulled us in. It wanders along, taking in … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Hayes Peebles – Riding High
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NEW MUSIC: Hayes Peebles – Riding High

” It’s a road anthem and a driving song penned in motels and hostels and highways on the route between Brooklyn, NY and Nashville.” We’re suckers for this kind of sound. Laidback, softly strummed acoustic guitar with some pedal steel casting a melancholic shadow over proceedings. Hayes Peebles really hits the mark with this single … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Don DiLego – Your Great Escape
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NEW MUSIC: Don DiLego – Your Great Escape

Here’s a new track from NYC-based songwriter Don DiLego. He’s certainly got a classic sound that has the forlorn and melancholic aspects of Americana but also a discernible crafted pop/rock element to it. The chorus heads skyward like one of those golden Ryan Adams melodic swells as the rest of song dances around it with … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Brightwire – Crystal Beach
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NEW MUSIC: Brightwire – Crystal Beach

The married duo Brightwire released their new album A Place To Call Home last month and one of the highlights of it that came to our attention is the track ‘Crystal Beach’. Across five minutes the Southeastern Texas pair carve out a wonderful slice of acoustic alt-country. Both gritty and heartfelt, it combines guitar and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: James Thomson – Desire
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NEW MUSIC: James Thomson – Desire

James Thomson returns with ‘Desire’, his wonderful new single from a forthcoming album. The song drifts along on a warm current of air that sounds like it’s a southern cousin to the Tulsa sound – smooth and hypnotic. It’s a bit more direct sounding than some of Thomson’s previous releases and as always those melodies really … Continue reading