With a vocal harmony that hearkens back to the days of ‘70s folk and California rock (think Fleetwood Mac and Linda Rondstadt), the husband/wife duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou craft tender and melodious tunes. Having spent the summer of 2014 touring with Tori Amos, the duo is already starting to make a name for itself in a big way following the release of its most recent LP, La ferme de fontenaille. One of the singles off that record, “For a Minute There”, now has a video, which you can watch below.
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Des Moines, Iowa is no soul music capital by any stretch of the imagination. However, that hasn’t stopped the Des Moines-based band the Maytags from adopting the genre and making it their own. This band’s take on it is less ostentatious than many of soul’s classic records, and it has a decidedly contemporary feel, in contrast to groups such as St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Nevertheless, this is warm, inviting neo-soul that incorporates gentler touches of folk music to contrast with the horn arrangements. “Cassius”, a track off of the Maytags’ forthcoming EP Nova, is one such track, striking a balance between relaxed vocal delivery and at times ebullient musical arrangements.
Just last week, the Philadelphia rock group Split/Red dropped its newest LP, Serious Heft. The title is no joke; full to the brim with heavy guitar riffs and an eccentric songwriting approach not unlike the Mars Volta, the album grabs the listener by the throat and doesn’t let go.
Winter is coming—as are the numerous Game of Thrones memes that pop up once this realizations starts hitting the public—but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an unabashed bit of beach pop. Such is especially the case for the band Inspired and the Sleep, a rock outfit based out of San Diego, where the beach is but a hop and a skip away. The band’s latest tune, “Pool Guard”, is coated in summertime nostalgia, and its cheeky flute line brings to mind images of the Brady Bunch’s trip to Hawaii.
After an eight-year musical hiatus, Nashville musical mystic Stone Jack Jones released his third album, Ancestor, earlier this year. Describing his music in a recent mini-documentary on the making of Ancestor, Jones noted, “Despite my nature and inclination to disappear into the dark, my friends have the tendency to rouse me and lead me towards the light. Without them there would be no story told.”
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