[streaming] Michael Cormier – Degradation

“Degradation” is the opening track from “More Light​!​!”, out June 25th 2021 via Oof Records & Dear Life Records. When he isn’t drumming in Friendship, writing songs with Hour, co-running the prolific indie label Dear Life Records or working as a bread baker, Maine-raised, Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Michael Cormier is ruminating on the miniscule moments that…

MT WENT Sheltering Sky + Lit Way Down (Lost Tribe Sound, 2021)* Viene da lontano, ma si manifesta per la prima volta in veste ufficiale il progetto che unisce il picking di Andy Cartwright (Seabuckthorn) alla voce e alle tastiere di Dave Anderson (Von Braun). Mt Went nasce infatti oltre dieci anni fa, da alcune…

[streaming premiere] Geri van Essen – I Waved, You Waved

Taken from the forthcoming album by Geri van Essen, “Cleaned the Windows”, out April 22nd 2021 via Tiny Room Records. “Cleaned the Windows” is the second album by Londen based folk singer Geri van Essen. It’s the follow-up to her prewar American moody folk blues and gospel album “A New Hiding Place”, which she self-released…

[streaming] Queen Of The Meadow – La Louve

Taken from “Survival of the Unfittest”, out June 4th via Only Lovers Records. For four years now, Queen of the Meadow has been enchanting us with their delicate folk songs which have often been compared with the works of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan or Judee Sill. But it is high time we move away from…

[streaming] Spring Summer – Bow Your Head

Spring Summer is the musical moniker for songwriter Jennifer Furches, a North Carolina native who has made a home in California. After time spent as a multi-instrumentalist for many bands including Cass McCombs, Sea Wolf, Coconut Records, Patrick Park and Ben Lee, she is setting out on her own with her debut single “Bow Your Head.” …

[streaming] My North Eye – Save Me

New single by My North Eye, in advance of a new album, that will be released “when possible”. My North Eye is the one-man band by Yann Lafosse (ex Dirge). My North Eye plays intimate and minimal rock songs on guitar and harmonium, that can make think to Silver Mount Zion never lifting, or a…

[streaming] Jesse Narens – Woodpecker Song

New track by Jesse Narens, available to stream and download (name your price) via Bandcamp. Jesse Narens creates art through an intuitive process with basic materials, and without formal training on any tool or technique. With no attachment to preconceived ideas, pieces begin without sketches. While most elements are placed with intention, everything is open…

[video of the week] Lady Dan – No Home

“Intro To Loss/No Home” is the second installment to Lady Dan’s upcoming album “I Am The Prophet”, out on April 23rd through Earth Libraries. Lady Dan is the project of Tyler Dozier, a singer-songwriter originally from Dothan, AL and now based in Austin. Dozier turned to music after a few major turning points in her…

[streaming] Jeffrey Martin – I Know What I Know

New single by Jeffrey Martin, out now via Fluff And Gravy Records. There’s a quiet dignity to the stories on “One Go Around”, but a kind of quiet desperation as well. The stories hit hard, because we know we may not be far off from them ourselves in this time of uncertainty. There’s a sense…

[streaming] Tristen – Complex

Opening track of  the album *Aquatic Flowers*, out April 6th on Mama Bird Recording Co. Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen presents “Aquatic Flowers” via Mama Bird Recording Co. It is for fans of of Neko case, Jenny Lewis, Cass McCombs, Tennis, Phoebe Bridgers and Caitlin Rose. From Tristen: “I’ve always felt that making records was too influenced…

KARIMA WALKER Waking The Dreaming Body (Keeled Scales / Orindal, 2021) Fin dal suo “Hands In Our Names”, era sufficientemente chiaro come il profilo di Karima Walker non fosse riassumibile in quello di una semplice cantautrice. Benché il folk e le sonorità acustiche facessero senz’altro parte della sua formazione musicale e della sua sensibilità creativa,…

[video of the week] Satomimagae – Numa

Taken from “Hanazono”, out April 23rd 2021 via RVNG Intl. Director: Soh Ideuchi Satomimagae’s “Hanazono” is an invitation to revel in your immediate and imagined surroundings, to make time and space for guileless curiosity and garden variety enchantment. A tribute to everyday mysticism, “Hanazono” is an ecology of simple, cyclical refrains and elegiac entreaties cross-pollinating…

[streaming] Will Stratton – Tokens

“Tokens” is the opening track of “The Changing Wilderness”, the new album by Will Stratton, out May 7th 2021 via Bella Union. Of  “Tokens” Stratton says: “Tokens is a song addressed to the fraternal twins, the most frequent subjects of songs since songs were created: time and love. The afternoon that I was writing it, the weird weather we…

[streaming] Rick Treffers – Relief

Track from the forthcoming album “Looking For A Place To Stay” (due May 6th 2021). Rick Treffers (1967) is a Dutch songwriter, singer, musician and producer. Het has been releasing albums since 1995 as Mist, El Turista Optimista, Miss Universe, Girlfriend Misery and Rick Treffers. In 2018 he published his first novel (in Dutch) Ik wou…

[video of the week] Johanna Samuels – Nature’s Way

“Nature’s Way” is the second single from the forthcoming record ‘Excelsior!’, out May 14th on Mama Bird Recording Co. (US/World) & Basin Rock (UK/EU). Directed, shot & edited by Matt Kazman. With a special knack for balancing bright pop melodies with a drifting sense of melancholy, LA based Johanna Samuels new album “Excelsior!” is a…

KATY KIRBY  Cool Dry Place (Keeled Scales, 2021) Ancor prima di avere nel proprio curriculum una pubblicazione ufficiale, Katy Kirby ha attirato su di sé le attenzioni del microcosmo del cantautorato indipendente statunitense. Merito del sinuoso fascino delle sue interpretazioni e di una poetica già matura e niente affatto scontata. Sono gli stessi elementi che,…

[streaming] Conor Lynch – King Of It

Taken from “Fake”, out February 26th 2021 via Devil Town Tapes. Conor Lynch’s long-awaited full-length effort ‘Fake’ marks something of a departure and widening of scope for Lynch, with the folk-rock stylings of his 2019 sophomore ‘People Don’t Think It Be Like It Is but it Do and Don’t’ newly accompanied by heavier tones and…

[streaming] Rose City Band – Lonely Places

Rose City Band, the solo project of singer/guitarist Ripley Johnson, has announced new album Earth Trip, out 21 May. On Earth Trip, Johnson colors songs with a country-rock twang and a melancholic, wistful undertone. Themes recur such as pining for summers spent in the company of friends to newer meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural…

[streaming] Elephant Micah – Glacier Advisors

From the album “Vague Tidings”, available April 9, 2021 on Western Vinyl. The raw inspiration for “Vague Tidings”, Elephant Micah’s third effort for Western Vinyl, comes from a DIY tour of the 49th state. It was a trip that went off the beaten path—sometimes a bit too far for comfort. Now, over a decade later,…