Thursday, August 27, 2020
We would be remiss if we didn't mention that the additional musicians involved in the recording process illustrated McEntire's songs superbly. The players on Eno Axis are H.C McEntire (vocals/guitar), Luke Norton (guitars/keys/backing vocals), Casey Toll (bass), Daniel Faust (drums/percussion), Nathan Bowles (banjo), Allyn Love (pedal steel), Mario Arnez (backing vocals), and Justin Morris (backing vocals).
The album is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Merge Records.
Bandcamp for Eno Axis
Various links for Eno Axis
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
The first full length transcript of the new band is Banksia, 12 songs recorded in four days as six songwriters fleshed out the two songs each brought to the session (yes, children, you can be assigned homework even in your 30s). It is a new chapter for the musicians - and for the fans as well, because these guys aren't the same guys they were a decade ago. They don't write the same songs, they don't live their lives the same way, they think about different things, and maybe think differently about things they thought about before. But what endures is top quality songwriting and collective performances reflecting genuine connection and generosity in supporting one's mates. The result is one of the top guitar pop albums of the season.
Banksia is out now via Osborne Again Records, Spunk Records, and Bobo Integral Records.
Bobo Integral Records
Bandcamp for Banksia
Monday, August 24, 2020
We aren't surprised because a lot of good DIY pop has come out of Olympia, Washington since the '60s, but Little Help by Special Moves has really caught our attention. With the fuzz, jangle, melody and raw edges that remind us of Olympia favorites past as well as Guided By Voices and Cleaners From Venus, it is the sort of discovery that makes the week feel special. Billed by band originator and main songwriter Josh Hoey as an 'open source' band, the specialty du jour is concise nuggets of melody with a spontaneous live-to-tape vibe. Good stuff at a good price -- treat your ears.
Little Help is out August 28 in digital and CD formats via Jigsaw Records
Bandcamp for album