Merging the futuristic with the archaic can be a daunting enterprise. If done correctly, the results are inherently intriguing. Such is the case with Arlow Xan, a folktronica duo from Flint, Michigan, composed of Al Harris and Ali Misner. Their new video for “Sun Goes Rising” showcases the blending of anachronistic styles innate to their music.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan acoustic string band the Ragbirds may be based in the American Midwest, but from there they explore a myriad of sounds from around the world. Drawing influence from gypsy, Celtic and African musics, the Ragbirds have shown themselves to be consummate artistic travelers. However, the great thing about this group is how they’ve always been able to meld these sounds into something unique and all their own. The band’s new record releasing later this month, The Threshold & The Hearth, continues in that tradition, but grounds the music firmly in their definition of home.
Brisbane, Australia’s Cub Sport have been on a roll the last three years with title song of their debut EP, Told You So, rocketing to the top of the college album charts along with tons of touring worldwide, all the while building their fanbase. Cub Sport‘s sound is grounded in Aussie indie pop, based around hook-filled melodies, anthemic choruses, and sophisticated arrangements. Now at long last, Cub Sport is set to release their debut album, This Is Our Vice, on Friday March 4th via Nettwerk Records. This Is Our Vice is chock full of possible hit songs and the band plans to tour the record pretty relentlessly this year, from Australia to North America and Europe.
Written by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik of Wardruna, for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, Skuggsjá is the history of Norway from the beginning to present day. The music highlights the country’s Norse heritage via the use of folk instrumentation and celebrates the traditions and intellectual concepts of the nation. There is a blend of proto-Scandinavian, Norse and Norwegian in the lyrics that tell this unique story.
Progressive bluegrass band Mountain Heart rove way beyond the confines of the bluegrass genre, adding a bit of soul ala the SteelDrivers and a bit of pure-bred country ala Chris Stapleton. In other words, we are talking about great Southern music here, underpinned with virtuosic musicianship full of heart and soul.