Beginning with a simple, steady strum of guitar, "The Way We Fall" by Alela Diane softly but assuredly opens doors to melody, memory and flute-laced mysteries.
A song of awakening to a new, light-filled season, "Sun Song" by Laura Veirs finds the Northwesterner meditating on maternal and redemptive themes across beautiful waves of voices (including Neko Case), guitars and strings.
In essence the Harmed Brothers are the Eugene, Ore. duo of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido, but on the new track "When You See Me" the two expand their post-Tupelo, country-folk sound into a back porch party that never gets too rowdy to crowd out the wistful theme and sweet harmonies.
Indefatigable, Chicago-based songwriter Cameron McGill returns with the lush, piano-laced song "Sucker Love," a folk-pop evocation of the ache that always hides in love, fulfilled or otherwise.
Recorded to warm and hissy analog tape in Dr. Dog's studio in Philadelphia (and featuring support from members of O’Death, the Blank Tapes and Golden Boots), "Hooky" by This Frontier Needs Heroes (brother and sister Jessica and Brad Lauretti) washes over the listener in daydreaming waves of color and folk-rock romanticism.
Exploring the delicate fun of twee pop, the Melodic previews its forthcoming release on Anti- Records with the song "Roots," a slightly skewed but still earnest take on Latin folk.
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.