Song of the Day: Mountain Goats – Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome

Maybe you are just like John Darnielle: In the depths of the pandemic winter at the end of 2020, the Mountain Goats frontman passed the time trapped at home in North Carolina watching pulpy action movies, finding comfort in familiar tropes and sofabound escapism. But you are not really like John Darnielle, unless the action movies you found comfort in included French thrillers like 2008’s Mesrine, vintage Italian poliziotteschi, or the 1974 Donald Pleasence mad-scientist vehicle The Freakmaker. Or unless watching them brought you back to your formative days as an artist, when watching films fueled and soundtracked your songwriting jags and bare-bones home recordings and in turn inspired your 20th album to be a song cycle about the allure—and futility—of vengeance. But there’s no shame in not being like John Darnielle; few people are.

The resulting performance is Bleed Out, a cinematic experience unto itself. One song about preparing to exact bloody revenge begat another song about the act of exacting bloody revenge and then more songs about and the causes and the aftermath of being driven to exact bloody revenge, each delivered with the urgency and desperation deserving of their narrators and circumstances. Enjoy Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome!

Song of the Day: Bonny Light Horseman – Summer Dean

Bonny Light Horseman are the indie-folk superband starring Anais Mitchell and members of The Shins and The National. The new album ‘Rolling Golden Holy’ will be released on October 7th on 37d03d Records by Aaron Dessner of The National.

As for the previous single, the evocative ‘California, the new extract from the long-awaited return of Bonny Light Horseman is indie folk magic, capable of bringing back to mind the glories of the best American bands of the late sixties and early seventies, Fleetwood Mac, but above all the great tradition of the last 20 years carried on by bands like Fleet Foxes.

The new album ‘Rolling Golden Holy’ was produced by Josh Kaufman, who talks about the record: “Our debut focused on the old world, England and the states of the first cities of the East. The new album has a different subject, one example is ‘California’, our first West Coast-style song. It is a sad song, a story that talks about cut roots and a new clue, of morning alarms and long journeys riding towards sunrise and not sunset.” Enjoy Summer Dean!

Song of the Day: Indigo Sparke – Pressure In My Chest

Indigo Sparke writes with a rare and reflective power, creating music that builds and bursts as she examines love, loss, grief, and a newly realized rage. Born in Australia and now based in New York, Indigo worked as an actress before establishing herself in the Sydney music scene with her EP Night Bloom (2016). Over the next few years, she toured and collaborated extensively with Big Thief, released her single, “The Day I Drove the Car Around the Block,” to critical acclaim, had a song featured on the TV show Cloudy River, and performed across Australia and the U.S., including at the Splendour in the Grass Festival, a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR, and SXSW 2019 and 2021.

Indigo signed with Sacred Bones in early 2021, and made her label debut shortly after with Echo, which she co-produced with Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief), and Andrew Sarlo (producer of Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Bon Iver, and Hand Habits). Pitchfork described Echo as  “a dark little star of intimacy and intensity… Sparke sings with quicksilver emotional ferocity.” In spring 2021, Indigo began work on her second album with producer Aaron Dessner (The National, Taylor Swift). That album, Hysteria, is packed with big guitars and layered instrumentation that act as lungs, giving every note breath underneath Indigo’s soaring vocals. Hysteria is slated for release on October 7th 2022. Enjoy Pressure In My Chest!

Magazine / Issue #116

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Song of the Day: Joe Wilkinson – Let Me Know

‘Let Me Know’ is the hard hitting new single from rapidly emerging British singer-songwriter/producer Joe Wilkinson. Releasing on the 29th July 2022, Joe follows on from the success of previous releases which received coverage from ; BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Digital Tour Bus, Rising Artists Blog, Gifted Balance Records, Find No Enemy, Send Me Your Ears, The Wild is Calling, Roadie Music and many more.

With an eclectic mix of Joe’s unique and thought provoking writing style, distinguished vocal, beautiful blues guitar licks, a pounding beat on a natural kit, stacked harmonies and enough hooks to catch a shark, ‘Let Me Know’ is not to be missed. Think John Mayer meets Ed Sheeran on steroids.

Joe Wilkinson is currently living, playing and producing music on the beautiful Costa Blanca, Spain. With an ever growing social media presence, a deepening bond with his fans, high quality daily content, a consistent stream of releases and a relentless dedication to live performance, big things are coming the way of this down to earth, hard working and likeable modern independent musician. To date, Joe has played over 500 shows in England, Spain and Germany, has worked with Netflix, supported Grammy award winning artist Lauren Daigle on the Berlin leg of her European Tour, was the winner of ‘Songslams’ in Berlin, Frankfurt and Karlsruhe and has featured on numerous music blogs and curated playlists. Enjoy Let Me Know!

Song of the Day: Makaya McCraven – Dream Another

In These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as McCraven’s personal experience as a product of a multinational, working class musician community. With contributions from over a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators – including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, and Marquis Hill – the music was recorded in five different studios and four live performance spaces while McCraven engaged in extensive post-production work at home. Featuring orchestral, large ensemble arrangements interwoven with the signature “organic beat music” sound that’s become his signature, the album is an evolution and a milestone for McCraven, the producer. But moreover, it’s the strongest and clearest statement we’ve yet to hear from McCraven, the composer. Enjoy Dream Another!

Song of the Day: Fiona Brice – And You Know I Care

Fiona Brice today announced the release of her new album And You Know I Care, out 21st October via Bella Union.

“I wanted to make a record that was meditative, compassionate, calm and reflective, as a reaction to the increasingly noisy, opinionated, aggressive and polemic tone of our daily environment,” says Brice.
 
The British multi-instrumentalist, orchestral arranger and composer has drawn on her abundant talents to forge an exceptional record that fulfils the brief. Brice’s second solo album for Bella Union, And You Know I Care, is a deep listening experience that raises the post-classical bar, eschewing the genre’s default melancholia for wider and richer dimensions of uplifting and exultant bliss. Enjoy the titletrack!

Song of the Day: Elaine Kristal – Sweet Escape

Elaine Kristal is a singer and songwriter from Staten Island, NY. This undiscovered powerful and soulful vocalist has loved music since a very early age, participating in school plays at her elementary school and singing in the hallways of her high school wearing a bandana and hoop earrings, inspired by Alicia Keys, who has been an incredible inspiration in her life and music.
Her Puerto Rican roots gave her a tune to music that she could not deny, being introduced to Latin artists such as Selena and the sounds of Janet Jackson, Blackstreet, and Prince by her father, she grew to love the sound of music and the feelings it gave her. Elaine’s voice offers a healing component, striking a harmonious balance between soothing and fierce, pacifying yet rousing that you can’t get enough of when she sings.
Writing her first song at 13 years old and then having her first studio experience at 16 years old, she knew this is what she was born to do. Influenced by Usher, Brandy, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, and Def Poetry Jam performances, Elaine’s music possesses a classic-R&B quality infused with a modern bounce, crafted by a sensual individuality that shines through in every aspect of her personality. Enjoy Sweet Escape!

Song of the Day: Golder – Boat (feat. Marcyline)

Golder and Marcyline released their highly anticipated new single, “Boat.” The energetic, nautical anthem, which marks the first collaboration between the two rising artists, is a highly requested live favorite, with fans chanting the songs title, “BOAT BOAT BOAT” throughout Golder’s well-attended live shows.

A euphoric blend of distorted guitar music and internety hyperpop, “Boat” explores the navigation of a panic attack, viewed through the metaphor of a giant tsunami that destroys New York City, and then takes the metaphor to absurd post-apocalyptic heights. “I live on the roof of my house/Surrounded by open water,” sings Marcyline who describes in his imagery- heavy verse a life alone in the middle of the ocean, attempting to keep sane. The song was self produced by Golder and features his characteristic experimental yet dangerously catchy arrangement style that brings punk rock attitude to bedroom production. Enjoy Boat!

Magazine / Issue #115

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