With their new album Tunes From the North, Songs From the South, prairie duo Fiddle & Banjo want to bridge traditional music from both their native Canada and from America as well. Saskatoon native Karrnnel Sawitzky brings his Ukrainian Canadian heritage to his fiddle playing, while Winnipeg’s Daniel Koulack has built a reputation as one of the best clawhammer banjo players in Canada, and the pair bring vast knowledge of traditional folk music to this aptly-named project. There’s no better way to introduce the duo than with this stark cover of the old Appalachian folk tune “Red Rocking Chair”, featuring Joey Landreth on vocals, which we are very happy to premiere at PopMatters.
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At 24, Chase Coy already has a wealth of music under his belt, not to mention a large online following, and the Nashville-based, Indiana-raised singer-songwriter has just released his fifth full-length album Youth. A combination of Americana influences and more modern pop touches, combined with his gentle tenor voice, it’s not a big surprise that he’s been able to attract the audience he has, and with this record it can only grow.
A collaboration between Los Angeles singer-songwriter Bree Scanlon and New England collective Tiger Saw, Cape Snow will be releasing their self-titled debut album this summer. We’re more than pleased to premiere the new track “One More Time”, a flat-out gorgeous rustic waltz that not only echoes the best traits of Americana, but also touches on the influences of such ‘90s stalwarts as Mazzy Star and Low. Country slowcore, if you will. It’s a beautiful song, and we strongly suggest you give it a listen.
Barely in their 20s, New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut From Where We Came is Where We’ll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic ‘90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years layer, they’re set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band’s sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music’s intensity one iota. Featuring maniacal vocal work by Kevin Ivaroni and an astonishing drum performance by Brandon Gallagher, this is easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far, and one we’re proud to premiere here at PopMatters.
If you were a regular viewer of TV series Sons of Anarchy, you’re probably familiar with Jake Smith, who as his musical pseudonym the White Buffalo, has contributed several of his gritty, minimalist, Americana/folk songs to the show’s soundtrack over the years. Smith is also an accomplished singer-songwriter on his own, with four albums under his belt, and a fifth, Love & the Death of Damnation due later this summer.