Rachel Mason is nothing if not ambitious. The prolific artist has worked in music, film, and sculpture, exhibiting her multimedia pieces in galleries and museums across the United States. In addition, she has ten albums to her credit, the most recent of which, The Lives of Hamilton Fish, is a 21-track rock opera inspired by two men who shared the same name but led vastly differing lives. Tapping into folk and art rock, it’s tempting to draw comparisons to both Kate Bush and Paul Giovanni’s earthy soundtrack for The Wicker Man, but this is all Mason, her persona leaving an indelible impression on the listener.
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Connecticut gypsy folk outfit Caravan of Thieves released their fourth album, the winsome Kiss Kiss this past March, and they’ve just finished their sweet new video for “I Got You”, which we’re all too happy to premiere here at PopMatters. Musically “I Got You” is a stripped-down affair, just a lone guitar and husband and wife Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni crooning away gently to a cute ragtime melody. Similarly, the video is just as straightforward, and rather novel, as they explain:
Best known as the frontman for longtime PopMatters favorites Backyard Tire Fire, Edward David Anderson released his debut solo album Lies & Wishes a year ago, and is set to put out the follow-up, entitled Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions. In advance of the record’s fall release, we’re pleased to premiere the lively ballad “Jimmy & Bob & Jack”, a murky little tale of a liquor store robbery gone haywire.
A former guitarist in ‘00s alt-rock band Until June, Dan Ballard set off on his own, launching a project called My Dead Air, which yielded the self-titled debut album in 2011. Four years later he’s back with a new album The Thief Who Knows My Name ready to come out this summer, led by a sumptuous slice of ‘70s AM radio pop in the form of the single “Holding On”, which we’re pleased to premiere today.