We continue our catch up from vacation whilst filtering through the old inbox.Here is an assortment of MP3s, streams and videos for you to consider.
The Blakes – “Art of Losses”
It’s been two years since their last album, and Art of Losses shows that these three brothers from Seattle haven’t lost a step. We’re featuring the title track. Word has it that the trio headed recorded AOL in Maine. It was released this week and clocks in at a crisp 34 minutes.
Videotape – “Between Me & You”
from This Is Disconnect
We’re just starting to dig our teeth into this album, featuring “Static” this week in our “The New” column and “Between Me and You” today. Wait ’til you hear “Pulling Teeth!” What we’ve heard so far is a great combination of shoegaze and pop. This is an impressive debut effort.
Aaron Embry – “Moon of the Daylit Sky”
The poignant alt. country stylings of Mr. Aaron Embry are on full display with this recording. It’s from the album Tiny Prayers, which will be released in September 2012 via Community Music Group. Embree is aCA-based singer/songwriter who was formerly the piano player for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and he’s also played with Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson, and Daniel Lanois, among others. Embree is on tour and supporting Mumford & Sons on some August dates, and will also take part in some of their Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover shows. Check his tour dates here.
Murder by Death – “I Came Around”
This the first single off their upcoming album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, which will be out 9/25 on Bloodshot Records. A bit more Americana than in past efforts (there’s cool accordion in it), plus the incomparable vocal stylings of Mr. Adam Turla.
Crocodiles – “Endless Flowers”
Directed by Pete Dee, it’s the second video off their recent album Endless Flowers, which was released 6/5 on Frenchkiss.
First Aid Kit – “Blue”
A great retro feel that recalls some of the great female country acts from the late 50’s and early 60’s. This is the third single taken from First Aid Kit’s latest release, The Lion’s Roar, available on Wichita Recordings.
Kalle Mattson – “Water Falls”
Kalle Mattson is a troubadour in the modern sense. In a figurative sense, he is the nephew of Bob Dylan, the cousin of Josh Ritter, and the kindred spirit of Sufjan Stevens. What you need to know is that he makes great music and you should take advantage of the many free offerings he has available, by clicking here.
Native Roses – “Jungle Moon Ballad (Get Your Socks Out)”
Despite the quirky video, this UK-based four piece delivers surprisingly pleasant folk/pop with rich harmonies and creative compositions. Their new EP, Colours, will be released soon. Until then grab the title track here.