Now that Sonic Youth is officially over, we’re able to hear material from the other members, perhaps in a slightly different light. For Lee Ranaldo, perhaps it’s another way to hear his music and lyrics in a different way, away from the noise, the heaviness, and the occasionally ugliness although his music has always been very distinct from Thurston Moore’s and Kim Gordon’s. For Acoustic Dust (El Segell Del Primavera), the title basically tells the story, as the album has him playing acoustic guitars while being accompanied primarily by other acoustic instruments. It is his third album with The Dust, and if there’s something that makes these songs unique (if you want to call it that), it’s a distinct and simplified sound. One way to compare it is with the covers that are on here: Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues”, The Monkees’ “You Just May Be The One”, and Sandy Denny’s “Bushes And Briars”. You might expect to hear this at Farm Aid or the Bridge School Benefit, and perhaps jamming with Tom Petty or maybe choosing to do some ki ho’alu. Ranaldo sounds very comfortable in this mode but he has always done well with coverage a wide range of different textures, but it’s his stories that help pull you deeper into these songs and want to hear them over and over, or know that they will be there for you in the future when needed.
If you are in need of a remarkable voice, get to know Kate Copeland. She is about to release her debut album very soon and if you listen to “Breaking”, you may think it’s a country song or something bordering on Americana. Then the music shifts and becomes something much more. It’s quite elegant and I look forward to hearing more from her in the years to come. The full album will be out this summer.
David Bronson released his latest album last month called Questions (my review of which was posted on December 31st and can be read by clicking here), and his new video is a bit of comfort and perhaps something delicate. Check out “Life Is Long” and see if you agree.
Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues (Drag City) is the current album from singer Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and he has released a new single (his third) for it, this one called “Blindlessness”. The song happens to be the B-side of his “Mindlessness”, so you are witnessing (or are about to witness) a video for a B-side. Consider yourself proud. The single will be released next week Tuesday, you may pre-order it directly from Drag City Records.
Josephine Foster released an album last year called I’m A Dreamer (my review of which can be read by clicking here) and a video has been made for one of its songs. This one is for “Pretty Please”, which may seem eerie (if not creepy) at first but let the music blend in with the images and it will eventually make sense.
This is yet another album that has a very nice and wholesome rock/pop feel, and I hope this silent movement will continue to happen. I’ve been a fan of David Bronson for a short time but I have enjoyed his music quite a bit and in Questions (Big Arc) he is continuing on his music to make passionate songs that sound like something you want to remember and even turn into personal scriptures. This time around, Bronson sounds a lot like Jim Messina. In fact, listen to the Messina songs on albums by Loggins & Messina or Poco and you will hear the sensibilities I’m hearing here, where the lyrics have a lot to say or you’re wanting to appreciate what Bronson went through in order to write music like this. The nice addition of guitarist Carlos Alomar, wife Robin Clark and their daughter, Lea-Lorien Alomar is more than welcome and compliments Bronson’s voice and playing, and hopefully they will bring more people into this collection of songs that, in a better world, would be considered for the album of the year. Allow it to be one of your personal favorites of 2015, as it is mine.
(Questions will be released on January 13th.)
Scotland’s Mo Evans comes from a rich heritage of musical inclined people: producer Robin Evans is his dad, singer Sam Brown is his mom, and Joe & Vicki Brown are his grandparents. Now, the 19-year old man wants to make a name for himself not only as a descendant of the Brown/Evans family, but as someone who will stand out on his own. His EP is called Spilled My Love and the video is for the title track. Get to know Mo and discover why he may become the next “it” man of pop music.
If music by The Wood Brothers, The Avett Brothers, or Ray Lamontagne is a turn on, may I turn you on to the music and words of Tyler Nail, an artist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina who offers his style of Americana to where it will become identified with him. He has an album out now (his second) called Feathers and from it is a very nice song called “Valentina”, which may remind you of The Eagles or Loggins & Messina too.
Three weeks ago I posted a song by country singer Rachel Potter for “Boomerang”. Three weeks later, a video is being presented for all to see and hear. Have a look at how she interprets her song visually.