Taking their name from the Finnish word for “for a long time”, Ukraine-based band Kauan will be releasing their sixth album Sorni Nai on 20 October. I have no idea why a Russian band is singing in Finnish, but Sorni Nai has a great little story behind it. A sprawling 52-minute doom/folk/post-metal piece, it’s a retelling of the Djatlov Pass Incident of 1959, in which nine Soviet hikers died mysteriously in the Ural mountains.
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For the past six years the trio of Joan Shelley, Julia Purcell, and Cheyenne Mize have explored traditional Kentucky and Appalachian music. However, while they continue to delve into early American folk on their new album Wolvering draws much inspiration, from the remote Michigan town of the same name, where it was recorded.
Coming off an insanely prolific period that saw them release five albums between 2009 and 2012, followed by a 2014 compilation, Dayton, Ohio garage rockers the Motel Beds are set to release their latest full-length Mind Glitter on 23 October. In advance of the release they’ve put together a fantastic little video for the title track, which consists nothnig more of clips from classic fast food commercials from the ‘70s and ‘80s. You’ll either be disgusted, or drooling, or both.
The emergence of Brittany Howard has served as a very welcome reminder that African American women can absolutely slay at blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll, and one good thing that can come of it is that it could very well serve as a gateway for other young artists to make their mark, too. Raised in North Carolina and based in New Orleans, Nikki Hill channels Muscle Shoals-era Rolling Stones on her scorching tune “(Let Me Tell You Bout) LUV”, which is from her new album Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, which comes out on 16 October. A Southern soul belter who loves a good riff and bawdy lyrics, her primary influences are Little Richard and Bon Scott, and you feel it on this track. This is a talent not to be ignored. Hell, she packs so much power, she’ll never let you.
Fitting somewhere between Suicide, Tangerine Dream, and Giorgio Moroder, Dallas trio Nervous Curtains excel at creating uncomfortable yet compelling post-punk utilizing only synths and drums. In the wake of a quiet 2014 that saw member Sean Kirkpatrick play keyboards on Swans’ monumental album To Be Kind the band is back with Con, their third album. Produced by Daron Beck of the great, similar-minded duo Pinkish Black, the new record fuses experimentation, vintage sounds, and strong melody, yielding a piece of work of unrelenting tension yet remaining accessible all the while.