The Fort Wayne, Indiana rockers that call themselves James and the Drifters have already accomplished a lot of recording in 2014. In August the band released its newest studio affair, All That Gold, and have continued in their regular practice of extensive touring, spanning bars to charity events. The group’s latest music video, for the All That Gold track “Foxtrot”, captures the convivial relationships between these musicians that allow them to keep the creative drive running. With a rock edge not unlike that of My Morning Jacket and vocals that bring to mind folk revivalists like Mumford and Sons, “Foxtrot” is a fine snapshot of James and the Drifters in 2014.
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The Sweet Lowdown hails from the beautiful environs of Victoria, BC, Canada, an island that functions as an intermediary stage between the United States and Canada. With the hipster-friendly Pacific Northwest just south of it and the chilly air of the Canadian North above it, Victoria is an ideal place for musicians to amalgamate American and Canadian musical styles. This is exactly what the Sweet Lowdown does in its music, as it brings together strong Americana influences with the sensibility of its own homeland. The trio’s latest LP, Chasing the Sun, was recently released; below you can stream the album track “River Winding Down”.
Having released the road-weary piece of Americana Paint Another Layer of My Heart this year, Caleb Caudle is no stranger to covers. Taking on “Lost in the Supermarket” by the Clash for Couch By Couchwest 2014, the New Orleans singer/songwriter recently recorded a song from fellow This Is American Music labelmates Fire Mountain. Deftly handling standout “Doing Fine” from Fire Mountain’s All Dies Down, the song would not have been out of place on Caudle’s Paint Another Layer on My Heart.
Lanterna is the project led by guitarist Henry Faye, formerly of Ack-Ack, Area, and The Moon Seven Times. The project’s music consists of evocative soundscapes and instrumentals that focus on Frayne’s melodic guitar work awash in effects. The Lanterna project will see its newest release, the full-length LP Backyards, this coming February.
For those who like their post-punk with a little metallic bite to it, the latest tune by the Austin, Texas outfit Knifight, “Young Lovers”, will do just the trick. As the band’s name indicates, this is some intense, even violent music, with strong vocals bolstered by a pulsating rhythm section.
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