The Winterlings found much success with their debut album, The Animal Groom, and now they are back to up the ante with a set of new indie folk songs that offer an escape from our urban lives. You Are Acres paints the landscapes of Washington state in imaginative detail, capturing the spirit of the geography that the Winterlings inhabit.
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Brett Harris bases his career out of the pop triangle (a.k.a. the Research Triangle in North Carolina) where they still believe in pure pop with sparkling melodies, catchy choruses and jangly guitars. Harris has recently been a touring member of the Big Star Third ensemble, as well as having opened for pop gods the dB’s on the reunion tour. His new album, Up in the Air, releases March 4, 2016 on Hit the Deck Recordings and we’ve got a great slice of ear candy from that album to sample with “End of the Rope”.
Hailey Wojcik has a knack for zeroing in on moments in a relationship, reducing them to their cores, then brutally analyzing their flaws. With her feral intensity, and likely influenced by being raised by zookeepers, she frequently uses the animal kingdom as lyrical fodder in mining the depths of human frailty and complexity. In the new DIY video for “Dog V. Man”, this proclivity is given visual representation in the stop-motion characters personifying a crumbling romance amid cute animal videos. This contrast also serves to approximate the wry humor Wojcik often brings to her tunes.
The Waco Brothers have known for 20 years now that alt-country and first wave British punk are perfect bedfellows in terms of visceral raw emotion, both lyrically and musically. Hell, Joe Strummer knew that too—just listen to his work with the Mescaleros—so the Wacos have been successfully following this fruitful path for nearly a quarter of a century. On 26 February 2016, the band returns with their first full studio album in 10 years, Going Down in History, a title that justifiably refers to their groundbreaking music.
Legendary English pop band Squeeze released a new album, Cradle to the Grave, on November 27th and it’s their highest charting UK release to date, entering the charts at #12. Just goes to show that pop masters’ talents never dim and the record displays the band’s patented combination of memorable melodies and clever lyrics.
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