One should never be too quick with comparisons, but the glimmering, back-to-basics (and then shining beyond them) sound of "Cassidy," a new song by San Francisco musician Andrew St James will make any fan of the Tallest Man on Earth, AA Bondy or simply beautiful songwriting swoon.
We all like to think of summer as a mystical gap between spring and fall when time stands still, but the truth is that for most of us, summer is just like the other three seasons except with a lot more sweat.
Fusing the hieratic poetry of Steven Erikson with orchestral-pop sweep and glide, the Montreal duo of Kit Soden and Aliza Thibodeau, aka October Gold, traverse light and dark on "Bridge of the Sun."
"It doesn't matter what you say or what you do, I'm behind you," sings Linda Draper on "Shadow of a Coal Mine. "Go on run if you want to hon, nobody will be saving you." It's not quite a classic murder ballad, but that's only because the story is left open-ended -- and it's all the more riveting for it.
Gothic without getting too corny, doom-laden without losing the taste for discovery, the Builders and the Butchers lead listeners through a scorched landscape of country & western & indie rock on "Desert on Fire."
The backdrop pinned onstage consisted of a nude Josh Tillman standing in a golden arch encapsulated by a rainbow, in space. And that is Father John Misty: Irreverent, free-spirited and probably, while not on stage, hanging out in his birthday suit.
"Strange days are here again, so this one's from the heart," sings Jim Guthrie (a Toronto-based songwriter and member of the bands Islands, Royal City and Human Highway) in the opening moments of "The Sound Of Wanting More." The sonic mood may be strange and dreamlike but the emotional yearning shines through.
Iron & Wine's latest release "Ghost on Ghost" shows Sam Beam's curiosity for new sounds. The songwriter combines insightful lyrics, hints of jazz, and fresh chord progressions to craft an enjoyable and satisfying listen from start to finish.
"You can't plan every piece," sings Grant Olney on the new single "Not From Body," but the tough puzzle of learning to love and getting fitful glimpses of peace all falls into place.