Questions (2015), the new album by New York-based singer-songwriter David Bronson, is shaped by 11 songs. Midway through Bronson’s collection of superbly crafted tunes, however, is the album’s glistening cynosure, “Song of Life”. From the opening line, Bronson creates a setting that evokes the tranquility of nighttime and becomes more vivid through each layer of instrumentation. His voice quietly climbs the scale during the chorus, gripping the listener and guiding them into the “night dream” of the song lyrics. The atmosphere is enhanced through guest appearances by vocal legend Robin Clark (Simple Minds, David Bowie, CHIC) and her daughter Lea Lorien, a familial pairing that underscores the sentiment behind “Song of Life”.
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This May, the husband and wife duo called the Grahams (Alyssa and Doug Graham) will release two brand new works of art: an album, Glory Bound, and a musical documentary film, Rattle the Hocks. The latter is a visual document of the relationship between the railroad system and American roots music. The former is a joyous musical celebration of roots music, a genre that the Grahams have a strong grasp over. Need proof? Give the wry and charming “Biscuits” a spin, which, as the Grahams explain it, is an exercise in euphemism.
A resonator and a toy piano don’t sound like instruments that would be used in making rap music, but then again, the Minneapolis rapper and producer Ecid isn’t your garden-variety musician. For the video to the acoustic version of “Number One on a Hit List”, Ecid and his guitarist Phingaz pick up the aforementioned instruments and craft a whimsical landscape that’s punctuated by the rapper’s fast delivery.
“Number One on a Hit List” comes from Ecid’s recently released Pheromone Heavy LP.
Like many musicians, Sam Lewis arrived in Nashville with two main goals: one, meet some friends, and two, record some great music. Waiting on You, his sophomore outing, represents the coterminus of those two goals, as he has both 12 new tunes to his name that he recorded with a smattering of Nashville’s most well-known players. Featuring Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey, Ray LaMontagne), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young), and the McCrary Sisters, Waiting on You is a vibrant picture of Lewis’ growing skills as a songwriter and a troubadour.
Below you can watch Lewis perform a spare rendition of the soulful track “Little Time”.
With years of sharing the stage with artists like Neko Case, Rachael Yamagata, Gillian Welch, Linda Rondstadt, and Amos Lee on her résumé, the Woodstock, New York singer/songwriter Adrien Reju has built an impressive career in music. Now she’s expanding her art into new realms with the release of her latest studio outing, Strange Love and the Secret Language. This album, which is being billed as “a collection of unconventional love songs”, finds Reju joined by artists such as A.C. Newman and Marco Benevento. In addition to her striking originals, Reju also covers tunes by David Bowie, Elliot Smith, and Prince.
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