June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
This Is American Music is one of my favourite labels. These are the latest gems from their treasure vault of great current American music.
Caleb Caudle’s new album Paint Another Layer on My Heart will be coming out in late June 2014 on This Is American Music. Therefore I haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but the expectations are extremely high after hearing the first outtake from the forthcoming album a week ago. This wonderful song is called How’d You Learn and it goes like this.
Fire Mountain’s debut full-length All Dies Down came out on TIAM on 20th of May and it has been on my playlist ever since. All Dies Down is a damn fine americana release. The title might seem a little hopeless, but this is not just doom and gloom. This thing actually holds a lot of beauty inside. These southern folk rockers certainly have a certain pop sensibility as well. This is Doing Fine from Fire Mountain’s new album.
I’ve shortly featured Kent Goolsby a few times over the years. This Is American Music released the new single Hitched by Kent Goolsby & The Gold Standard last week and it’s another great one. I’m very much enjoying the old-timey charm of this one. The B-Side Blues was also lovely little tune that made me smile, but this is the lead track Hitched.
June 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
I haven’t been the most dedicated follower, but I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for My Bubba since I found this Nordic duo a few years ago (I think they were called My Bubba and Mi back then). My is Swedish, Bubba is Icelandic and together they write delicate folk songs and sing them in beautiful harmony. They just released a new album Goes Abroader in late april, 2014 and there’s also couple of lovely music videos out there. You’ll find them below. I’m especially addicted to the first one called Island. Goes Abroader is now out on Fake Diamond Records.
My bubba – Island
My bubba – Poem Found in the Pocket of an Amazon.
June 1, 2014 § 1 Comment
Greg who runs the blog called Captains Dead is one of the few bloggers whose taste I trust almost as much as my own. Of course I don’t like everything he recommends, but you can be 100% sure that if he is recommending something that I don’t already know, I’m definitely going to check it out and see if I like it myself. What does this all have to do with Hallelujah The Hills? Well obviously Greg is the man who turned me into them. This first happened when the previous album No One Knows What Happens Next came out and have continued when the new album Have You Ever Done Something Evil? was released a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to Greg and his enthusiasm I’ve eventually ended up buying both of them.
The Hallelujah The Hills is a Boston-area indie rock band and this new album Have You Ever Done Something Evil? was released on 13th of May, 2014. Even though I really liked the previous one, I was never that passionate about it. These first few days with this new one seem to be indicate that I’ve certainly found that passion now. For example that combo of Try This Instead and Destroy This Poem in the early parts of the album is just awesome and one of my favourite moments on any record this year. I’m kind of a down-to-earth guy and I often hate when songs grow into something bigger in the end, but oh how I love how songs by Hallelujah The Hills can so effortlessly grow into catchy-as-hell singalong choruses. Some of the longer ones aren’t as instantly catchy, but they are equally rewarding when you get into them. This is a damn fine record and you can easily buy it/listen to it on their bandcamp. This one is Destroy This Poem followed by a music video of Do You Have Romantic Courage?. You can find both from the new Hallelujah The Hills album.
June 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Some Blue Sky by Swaying Wires was on heavy rotation a few months ago, but a re-visit is in order, because yesterday I finally bought a physical copy of the record from the local record store. This wonderful thing has certainly hold its charm and still sounds hauntingly beautiful. Swaying Wires is a local Turku-based alternative folk band whose debut album came out on UK-label Battle Worldwide Recordings earlier in 2014. This is the opener Blinding Nights from the album. If you live in the Turku area as yours truly, you can go and pick up a copy from 8raita (price wasn’t bad either).
Battle Wordwide Recordings also just released a new album that is magnificent. This one is called Plumes and the band who made it is Co-pilgrim from Southampton/Winchester. I’ve followed the front man Mike Gale for several years. I’ve liked pretty much everything he has done, but haven’t seen a need to start shouting his name from the rooftops. Now I’m not so sure anymore. This is good. This is so damn good and like made for my taste. Beautiful pop melodies and a bit of warm sounding americana. And the vocals. Oh my. I’m so totally into the vocals and harmonies. This sounds like heaven. This is Grew Into Something New from Plumes.
I Am Oak is a dutch folk band led by Thijs Kuijken. There’s also a really small Finnish connection. He recorded his previous album in Finland and it was called Nowhere or Tammensaari. His new album Ols Songd came out in early 2014 and it’s again something rather special. These might be old songs, but they all sound magical to me. I already ended one of those playlist with this song Birches, but this is such a great song that my heart demanded a replay.