Friday, April 26, 2019
Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man On Earth. We know that because is says so on the album cover and the press releases. And that is all well and good, but this is a music blog, so the real issue is whether his new album, I Love You. Its A Fever Dream, is worth your ears. The answer for us is a definitive "yes". The ten songs transcribe the artist's musing about the world and his travels as a performer while he comes to grips with the rhythms of his post-divorce life. The arrangements are economical, but the songs resonate with depth and sincerity, voiced by Matsson in his characteristic expressive and well-worn style. The songs include themes of loneliness, weariness, and sorrow, and ultimately a ray of hope. The language is poetic, and the presentation is sublime. I Love You. Its A Fever Dream is a chronicle of Matsson's interior space, but for all of us who have lived, loved, and lost, the connection with the listener is easily made.
The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Rivers / Birds Records.
Artist's store for CD and vinyl
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Backers & Maracas is out now in digital and CD formats via Subjangle Records.
Bandcamp for Backers & Maracas
For Winter Sun, Morris and Innset were assisted by Dan Mayfield, Ofelia Ostrem Ossum, Michael Collins, Diego Ivars, and Jorgen Nordby. The album is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Tapete Records.
Bandcamp for Winter Sun
Monday, April 22, 2019
And while I don't want to embarrass anyone, and the guys are too proud to mention it, they are only short about 3,567,190 download purchases in order to realize their hope of renting a limo to travel to the pub that will host the final EP in the series. Help them achieve their dream.
The Cupholders are Bart Cameron, Casey Ruff, and Doug Hood (the sometimes employed alter ego of Sam Russell), with help from friends Kubby Casual, Dave Forrester, Joy Mills, Colin J. Nelson (who also recorded and mixed the album), Kate Noson, Ken Nottingham, and Shadrack Scott. The Conor Byrne EP is a digital release available at the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for EP
Sam Russell's Twitter
We get a large number of submissions, and it is an unavoidable fact that we will miss posting about very worthy music. Sometimes we have the chance to go back and sample a few submissions that flew under our sometimes faulty radar. Fortunately, one such recent foray brought to out ears Drastic Measures, the February release by Austin, Texas' Bayonne. The ten songs on the album are drawn in vivid colors, with delightful melodies layered with orchestral detail and snatches of field recordings. The final result is an album of incredible depth and complexity, and a thoroughly magical listen from start to finish. We have played it daily since our belated discovery, and we don't intend to stop soon.
Bayonne is Roger Sellers, with some help from additional instrumentalists. Drastic Measures is out now as a digital release via Mom + Pop Records.
Bandcamp for Drastic Measures
As of a couple of days ago, we had never heard of Talkboy. Thanks to an email from some nice people, we now know that Talkboy is a Leeds-based pop band. We also know that the six-piece makes good pop music. Last Friday marked the digital release of "Wasting Time". If you are able to waste some time today, take a listen. But it really won't be a waste of your time. Is that false advertising? Maybe, but it is a very nice song.