Husband and wife Americana duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have recorded a special holiday song in the form of the sweetly melancholy “This Holiday’s No Holiday (Without You)”. Compared to the usual saccharine fare we’re bombarded with this time of year, the Mastersons have lent some welcome substance to the season, which as we all know will get even crazier as the next four or five weeks roll by.
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The brainchild of Polish musician Tobiasz Biliński, Coldair delves deep into the coldwave sounds of early-‘80s France, with murky, gothic arrangements interweaving with harsh, propulsive dance/synth arrangements. His new album The Provider was produced by Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) and comes out in North America on 15 January (distributed by Sub Pop) and you can hear the murky yet intoxicating new track “Denounce” below.
Part Lee Hazlewood, part Roy Orbison, part Nick Cave, Australian singer-songwriter Henry Wagons recorded his upcoming solo debut After What I Did Last Night… in Nashville recorded with producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle). As you can sense in the new lyric video for “Cold Burger Cold Fries”, Wagons has a good knack for wry humor as well as Americana song craft.
Los Angeles-based industrial pop duo VOWWS recently released their latest album The Great Sun, which features guest appearances by Gary Numan and Thor Harris of Swans. In addition they’ve just put together a raw new video for the track “Councillor”, which can be seen below.
Helmed by singer-songwriter Gryphon Rue, El Tryptophan’s quirky new indie folk album Guilt Vacation features among its 20 guest contributors Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta), Will Epstein (High Water, Nicolas Jaar, Dave Harrington), and Odetta Bess Hartman. Needless to say it’s an eclectic collection, combining abstract orchestral pop and straight-up indie pop, conjuring visions of the Magnetic Fields at times.