Bedford, UK – Get a little bit soulful this Tuesday evening with Tom Grennan and his new track “Something in the Water”. The song itself is pretty heavy with the dark melodies but the rhythm and Grennan’s vocals add a more uplifting aspect to the song. His vocals definitely stand out brilliantly in this track and the beat on the track helps highlight the strength in his voice. “Something in the Water” starts off with a pretty mellow guitar intro but hang in there and you’ll get the full impact of the song and you won’t regret it.
Los Angeles, California – Snowball, ii will be releasing their sophomore album Doughnut Hole on September 16 via Doughnut Records. Straying from their usual noise pop/shoegaze sound, Snowball, ii goes down the neo-folk route and present their single “I Doughnut Want To Live”. There is something about this song that is simple and honest that makes me really love it. The simple melodies and straightforward lyrics kind of remind me of Fog Lake. There is also something heartbreaking yet encouraging about “I Doughnut Want To Live” that lets me relate to it. Take a listen to the track and relish in its songwriting.
Tomorrow, Lisa Hannigan will be releasing her third album At Swim via Play It Again Sam. I was first introduced to Hannigan a couple years ago, when I bought Dark Was The Night, and from that point forward, I’ve always admired her soft vocals and enjoyed listening to her collaborations with various artists such as The National, Damien Rice, and more. Hannigan also teamed up with Aaron Dessner to play at Eaux Claires this year.
Take a peek into At Swim with her newly released video for “Ora”. The instrumentals on this song are melodic but also strong in the orchestral build, which creates a great dynamic for Hannigan’s vocals. Her voice has a bit of a whispery, ghostly sound, which is quite complex against the gentle yet sturdy sound of the music. I love the lyrics in “Ora” as well – heartbreaking yet necessary.
Austin, Texas – Adam Torres will be releasing his album Pearls to Swine on September 9 via Fat Possum Records. Taken from the album, “Morning Rain” is the newest single and just listening to the first thirty seconds or so of the track, you’ll hear why I’m pretty obsessed with this song. The swift guitar picking and sweet melodies that start the song is such a great way to set the mood for the entire track. The violin comes in out of the song but it adds a more solemn yet grounded sound. “Morning Rain” has an impeccable earthy feeling to it – whether it’s the light drumming or Torres’ strong yet delicate vocals, the feeling of love just kind of blossoms when the song plays. There’s also a lightness in this song that kind of puts the image of a slightly gray morning with a light rain…almost like a rebirth.
9/7 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links* 9/8 – Limelight @ San Antonio, TX* 9/10 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe* 10/12 – Houston, TX @ The Raven Tower* 10/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa* 10/14 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate* 10/15 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic* 10/16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room* 10/17 – Washington, DC @ DC9* 10/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s* 10/20 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge* 10/21 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace* 10/22 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PBD* 10/23 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake* 10/25 – Columbus, OH @ Spacebar* 10/26 – Evanston, IL @ Space* 10/27 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall* 10/28 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway* 10/30 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s* 11/9 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher* 11/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar* 11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident* 11/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop* 11/15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge* 11/16 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre* 11/17 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett* 11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Garage* 11.20 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge* 11/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar* * w/ Thor & Friends
Stockholm, Sweden – Albert af Ekenstam will be releasing his upcoming album Ashes on October 14. Just a couple days ago, he released a new track titled “The Devil Bird”, a simple singer-songwriter song that has rock-driven roots. The song starts out pretty mellow and this isn’t your typical track that has verses and choruses but rather it’s a song that builds throughout the whole track and has a climax near the end. “The Devil Bird” really kicks up when the drums kick in so definitely have some patience with this song and you’ll find yourself enjoying this track for its simple, straightforward sound.
Lyttelton, New Zealand – Aldous Harding will be doing on her first US tour, supporting one of my favorite bands Deerhunter. This singer-songwriter will capture your heart in an instant with her delicate yet ghostly music. “Stop Your Years” is one of her newest singles and you can hear the honesty and raw emotion in her voice. This is a relatively simple song but its simplicity carries so much.
High Falls, NY – Feeling like the world is moving too fast? Slow down this Tuesday with M.Lui and her track “Bitter Cup”. I think it’s easy to hear why this song is absolutely stunning. With just the first thirty seconds of the song, you can tell that “Bitter Cup” is the kind of song where you’ll make yourself a nice hot cup of tea and stare out the window. M.Lui’s vocals aren’t extravagant but they are intentional. This song doesn’t pack much but with just a guitar, a voice, and a steady rhythm, “Bitter Cup” becomes more of an impactful song. It’s bare but the bare necessities needed for a great song. M.Lui keeps it simple and that simplicity is all she needs.