On the heels of 2014’s breakthrough debut album Structures, Swedish trio Like Swimming have just released the companion EP Tiny Structures, featuring minimalist re-imaginings of the album’s more popular tracks. In addition they’ve just completed a video for the album version of “Icarus” that serves as a good visual compliment to the song’s blend of lofty poetry and propulsive indie pop.
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The way the traditional Irish folk song “O’Sullivan’s March” fades in is a thing of delicate beauty. Minimalist piano notes and violin drones gradually enter the mix, an ambient overture befitting an experimental artist like Oren Ambarchi and not a traditional Celtic musician. A few plaintive notes on fiddle start, though, and Bostonian Jenna Moynihan slowly works her way into a heart-wrenching rendition of the classic track. It’s but one of many exquisite moments on her latest album Woven.
Myke Terry is best known for being the lead vocalist for metalcore band Bury Your Dead, who were modestly successful in the 2000s. After leaving the band in 2011, however, he gradually got his own solo career rolling, heading in more of a pop and soul direction, ditching the metal growling for singing. As you can hear on his new single “Slide” from his upcoming EP Red Handed (out 9 October, pre-order here) he’s headed in the direction of the Weeknd and Frank Ocean, and while it might be a shock to his metal fans, the style suits him perfectly. The accompanying video, directed by Meg Schmidt and featuring actress Ciarra Carter, only amplifies the intimacy of the song.
After playing lead guitar in latter-day incarnations of the New York Dolls and Drivin’ N Cryin’, East Nashville singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan set off on his own, recorded in the same studio where Elliott Smith made his final album, and emerged with one hell of a record of his own. A boisterous blast of American roots rock, In the Blazes will be released 6 October (pre-order here) but in the meantime you can listen to the Stones-meets-Mellencamp jam “Made in America” below.