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Keven Louis Lareau – “Not All Songs Have Been Sung”

This gem of a track dropped out of nowhere over the weekend from Keven Louis Lareau (Cut Worms, Hand Habits) and its winding down the Cosmic Americana, denim-dredged country that’s been prevalent over the past few years quite nicely. Cultivating a New Riders / Burritos aura (with some strong Workingman’s/Beauty overtones as well), the song ambles slow into the oncoming dusk, basking nicely in its own radiant glow. The butterscotch harmonies draw the listener in and the light sheen of twang and cool-water ripple of acoustic strings make it easy to stay. No word if this is just a stand-alone single of the beginning of a full album, but either way this one’s going to keep itself glued to my speakers for some time, with a note to keep tabs on Lareau in the future.




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Maybel – “Can’t Abandon My Love”

This lovely Canadian country-folk album snuck out early in 2020 as a digital only release on Vain Mina, but I missed its charms until just now. Today the excellent label Idée Fixe announces that they’re going to reissue the album and give it an LP pressing. Its a sort of beautiful and pure recording that’s part Carter Sisters, part Mountain Man oscillating between stripped back folk and velvety arrangements that lacquer on some pedal steel and glowing keys. Its hard to whittle down a favorite among the bunch, but the plaintive, sunset strums of “Can’t Abandon My Love” give a good idea of when their ache and grace line up in perfect harmony, tugging at the heart like a nagging memory that refuses to fade. The LP pressing will be out from their new label on April 10th, but not day better than a Bandcamp Friday to get in line for it.




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One Eleven Heavy – “Open Up The Watergate”

The past year has seen the constant pushing of dates and with One Eleven Heavy that meant pushing not only a tour, but also the recording of a third album. Its been a hard drought over here without a new 111 burner on the speakers, though Nick helped heal the gap with a solo LP of songs that might have made it to the third LP in another life. Now the band digs back to their roots with a track that brought them together in the first place. One of the earliest discussions of the band included working on a version of this Jansch tune (one of my favorites) though it never made it to the first record. The band digs in and opens up the highlight from L.A. Turnaround, making it at once looser and more fluid than the original version. There’s even a video of the band laying it down if you’ve missed their faces in the absence of touring. The cavalcade of Bandcamp Friday offerings is always deep, but this one should be top of the list.




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Powers / Rolin Duo – “Drifts”

There’s been lots of good news swirling about the Powers / Rolin camp over the last 12 months, with two of my favorite releases out last year via Feeding Tube and Trouble in Mind, they were constantly on the speakers in 2020. Now, with a track tucked into a comp from Astral Spirits and Unseen Creatures Brewing, the band lets slip that a new LP, Strange Fortune, is on the way from the AS crew this Spring. A buzzing, glittering offering, “Drifts” captures the elegiac spirit of their eponymous full length from last year. The song vibrates the molecules of the mind, yawning into the day with a vibrant energy that’s both meditative and yet ultimately invigorating. Matthew and Jen continue to bring the best out of each other — finding a harmonic connection between their instruments that triggers the resonant frequencies of the listening mind. While the rest of the details on the new LP remain shrouded, “Drifts” stands on its own as all the reason you need to be excited.




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Headroom – “Equinox 20”

A brand new psychedelic soaker courtesy of New Haven’s Headroom. The track popped up on Sweden’s Dischi Del Barone label, covering two sides of a 7” at the tail end of 2020, but this is the first time you can nab the track digitally and without international shipping. At just a hair under 13-minutes the track’s a full head down immersion of the New England band’s scorched psychedelics, letting Kryssi Battalene’s guitar throttle through the speakers oscillating between transcendental wander and noise-baiting squall. The band keep the rhythm chugging behind her, nodding with just a touch of the German Progressive pulse, though taking note not to wander too far into the vortex that they shave off the human element. If you’ve spent time with Headroom howling in the speakers, then this should be of instant interest. Probably about time to get this one into rotation and let it lace the brain a bit for the next few rounds.



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Landon Caldwell – ” What Seems Like The End Is Also A Beginning ”

If your Friday is looking for a little comedown, then the new cassette from Landon Caldwell (Crazy Doberman, Creeping Pink, Thee Open Sex) should do the trick. A part of Trouble in Mind’s explorer’s series, the solo set from Caldwell explores an ambient cosmic float, wafting in on synth clouds thick and satisfying. A weary sax turn the album closer, “What Seems Like the End Is Also A Beginning” into a welcome melt into the atmosphere. As Caldwell, aided here by Tom Lageveen, leads the listener into the light the boundaries between molecules begin to dissolve. The album is a tonal reset, a sound bath that does its best to become the door to a nebulous universe. Deep Strand arrives March 12th from Trouble in Mind.




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Green-House – “Sunflower Dance”

One of the sly gems that snuck out last year was an EP by Olive Ardizoni under the name Green-House. The pieces were minimal, calming vignettes designed as a communication with plant life and the caretakers of plants alike. It was a cavern of calm in tumultuous surroundings and after a few follow-up pieces, including one for the great Longform Editions, it seems that Olive has a new LP on the way for Leaving Records this year. The first cut, “Sunflower Dance,” is a quietly perfect moment. Underpinned by Ardizoni’s library-bent synths and floating on a slight mist of flutes, it’s a gorgeous three minute respite that lets time outside the speakers slip away. The idea remains to commune with and curate natural spaces in the home, as Olive mentions in the accompanying text. “There’s no need to search out the perfect hiking trail,” they note, the idea of natural connection can be created in the home as well — a symbiotic relationship with the flora that revives each moment of the day. The single will appear on the upcoming LP Living Spaces.

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The Catenary Wires – “Mirrorball”

The last time I saw Catenary Wires around these parts Rob and Amelia (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly) were creating clouded jangles that beat with a dark heart. Now, with a new album on the way from Shelflife (USA) / Skep Wax (UK), they’re embracing an ‘80s pop strain they might have avoided when they passed through that decade the first time around. Yet, with a propulsive pulse, muted horns, and a melancholy lump in their throat, they embrace the queasy swing of the disco lights and find a heartbeat of humanity underneath the glossy exterior of disposable pop across shared drinks. “Mirrorball” finds the pair exploring a couple connecting in unlikely circumstances, letting a themed bar night act as the backdrop for a more meaningful connection. The song carries a sense of hope and a slight wink at aging. Its not a night of legend, but sometimes love comes along in strange circumstances. The single is the first form the band’s upcoming Birling Gap.

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Feeling Figures – “Person of Tomorrow”

Got a new cut today from Montreal’s Feeling Figures. The band comes on huge and hovering for this short format killer debut. “Person of Tomorrow” gnaws its teeth on a thick froth of guitars, pushing the line between sinewy ‘90s indie and an underlying plume of shoegaze haze. While the band bites into some of the bent worldview of Eric’s Trip and Chavez, they also wind their way through lesser scratched surfaces, evoking Aussie indies Fur and Suprette at times. With a riff made to rattle windows and honeyed vocals that play on the Deal sisters’ ability to surf above the fray, trading in sweetness with a smirk, this is a pretty strong statement out of the box. The band’s first single is out April 2nd from Celluloid Lunch.

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Bill MacKay & Nathan Bowles – “I See God”

The new collab LP from Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles already hit out string with the instrumental romp “Joy Ride,” but that’s only one shade of their new album. While the last cut loped along on the players pushing each other down a sunny hillside, the new tune, “I See God” explores their more somber side. The song is equally pulling from bluegrass and gospel to form a county square dance closer that’s quiet and contemplative. The song, originally by husband and wife duo E.C. and Orna Ball is given a more choral feel with the two male voices replacing the original give and take between the couple. Though they match E.C.’s sprightly fingerpicking, fleshing the song out a bit with a bit of organ orchestration. Its a tender old time slice of the past that’s given a new life sighing out of the strings of Bowles and MacKay. 2021 has no lack of guitar greats on the way, but this one should be pretty high on the list. Keys is out April 9th from Drag City.

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