Bruce Springsteen-fans gather around; this is Greg Drummond. He is Bruce's unofficial child and will do the one thing that needs to be done to convince you and everyone else of his talent: he will write great music and release beautiful records.
Four years ago Greg released a great album called Walking Man, and in June of this year he finally graced us with a follow-up record. Drive is the record of a musician who has grown 4 years. His voice, the songs, the lyrics; everything is on a higher level. And this is coming from me, having absolutely loved (and still do) Walking Man.
But let's just forget about Springsteen. Let's forget about Walking Man. Forget about everything you know and have ever heard. Just listen to Drive and enjoy the hell out of it. Above all, this is a great record.
This is such a beautiful record. Is it Americana, country, folk music or a little bit of all. I don't know, I don't care, either. Fuck the labels, this is just a great album. You can feel the emotions, hear the pain and the songs scratch a little deeper into your soul everytime this record plays. It's raining outside. It's raining inside, too.
The Cartographer is a great folk record by Luke Redfield. Soft and easy, with perfectly written lyrics. He describes people I'd love to meet, sings handcrafted songs about them and himself. It's easy to hear where his inspiration comes from, Luke Redfield is part of the alt-country music tradition that only finds itself in the outskirts of America. There's a quote on his website that describes this tradition and Luke's music perfectly: Luke Redfield has been criss-crossing America for most of his life, taking up home in Texas, Colorado, Alaska, and as an intrepid drifter on the West Coast, where he washed dishes and sang for his supper.
This record was made for travelling, for staring out the window as the rain is pouring down. For not doing a damn thing at all, except for listening to this fine record.
Their debut album Home is almost here and this song is soo addictive. Just like everything this fine band has released so far, this song is beautiful and works best when listened to over and over again. The best video of 2014 was Dancing and if there was a shortlist for 2015 Skies would surely be on it.
Another beautiful song taken from Bryan John Appleby's upcoming new record The Narrow Valley. This is the 2nd single, following up on Costanoan Bones and it sounds just as pretty. I can't wait to hear the entire record, set for release on November 13.
Infinite House by New York-based quintet Ava Luna is a stunning work of art. It is unlike any other album I've heard so far this year. Spectaculair and original in all its glory. There are dozens of different musical flavours to be found on this record and they all taste great.
Opening track "Company" sets a fine standard combining a nice mellow poppy verse with the occasional explosion. Second track "Tenderize" had me singing along the 2nd time I heard it and I reckonize a new word everytime I hear it (almost done completing the lyrics). The fun takes off real fast and continues to amaze and blow away for the entire record right up untill the short final chords of "Carbon". And the only decent thing left to do after the final note dies down is press either repeat, click play again or turn over that beautiful piece of vinyl you've purchased, like I have.
This is guaranteed one of those albums I'll be listening to for the rest of the year and the years to come. Beautiful Album. Get it. Preferably now.