East Nashville’s Adrian + Meredith are a married couple with a passion for roots music that found their sound together. Adrian comes from a rock and punk background where he played the acoustic guitar in the style of clawhammer banjo, while Meredith comes out of the old-time music scene. And while their music is primarily Americana in origin, they shake things up a bit by adding in some Eastern European melodic flourishes, as well as a healthy dose of gypsy swing. On their new album, More Than a Little, the duo offers up more roots goodness with a compelling set of folk, old-time, swing jazz with a punk sneer and a good healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll energy.
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Louisville’s Twin Limb have been working as the back-up band for Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) solo shows and now they are stepping out on their own with a new album, Haplo, releasing this Friday. The group is Lacie Gutherie singer/accordion player, MaryLiz Bender drums/percussion/guitar, and Kevin Ratterman on keyboards/sound effects and they play a form of dream pop that brings some darkness to the proceedings. This set of songs is haunting and visceral, made of tougher substance than your average airy dream pop. Twin Limb’s music is less about the air than about the earth as it encompasses the aesthetics of Surrealist art and poetry.
Vancouver’s Goodwood Atoms blend indie folk, indie pop and electronic music into delicate, ethereal, and enticing soundscapes that seduce the listener. Influenced by Radiohead and Alt-J, the band formed back in 2014 and by 2015 had won FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program, which is funding the work on Goodwood Atoms’ debut LP that is scheduled for release in November. Today, we’re sharing the group’s new single “Into the Bay”.
Barnaby Carter‘s sound is a deep and lush shade of ambient, but with the cinematic influences of Ital Tek and Jon Hopkins adding a sense of movement and direction to Carter’s music. “Evening Redness” begins with synth washes and gentle beats that emanate a warm redness, as the title suggests. Female vocals add the ethereal quality and the textures become richer as the track moves along. Carter hails from the rich electronic scene of Brighton where Ital Tek also plies his trade. Growing up with the British post-rock of Radiohead and Mogwai, Carter has been heavily influenced by the work of the Future Sound of London and Boards of Canada. His debut album, While It Still Blooms, releases Friday via Project Mooncircle with “Evening Redness” being the new single.
New Zealand folk artist Jackie Bristow released her fourth album, Shot of Gold, back on October 7th and garnered praise from Stuff, who said “her tunes have a dark, classic quality to them, set off by haunting melodies and thoughtful acoustic guitar chording. The songs are so perfectly formed that their titles sing themselves.” Bristow seems primed for success on the now global Americana scene with beautifully composed music and straight from the heart lyrics that should thrill fans of Holly Williams, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley. Having previously opened for the like of the Steve Miller Band, Bonnie Raitt, John Oates, John Waite, Marc Cohn and Rick Springfield, Bristow’s profile is sure to rise over the coming year as she tours extensively with Raitt. Here’s hoping we see her next September at AmericanaFest in Nashville as she’s sure to find scores of new fans there as well. Check out her amazing, atmospheric sound on this live take of album highlight “Whistle Blowin’”.
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