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Viva España

Once on the leading pack of the so-called slowcore movement, Spain hadn’t released an album since they called it a day in 2001. Frontman Josh Haden reformed the band with a new lineup in 2007 and 11 years after I Believe, Spain’s fourth album finally sees the light of day. The Soul of Spain is out next month and you can listen to a beautiful, alt-country tinged track off it, “Sevenfold”, on the player above this post.

Haden et al will be presenting the new album all across Europe (click to see tour dates) after a couple of Los Angeles shows during the month of May, including two concerts in Portugal: Lisbon (Lux) on the 18th, Porto (Hard Club) on the 19th.

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Benji Cossa

Benji Cossa, one of the greatest, has just put a load of albums up on his Bandcamp for pay-what-you-want download. We’ve posted about him quite some times in the last couple of years – along with other artists from the beautiful Serious Business Records – but if you’re new to him, go grab all that stuff. I suggest you start with Benji Cossa and the Tightens, streamable below. It’s also one of the most beautiful vinyl packages I own.

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Richmond Fontaine, “Lost in the Trees”

Two years after the magnificent “We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River”, alt-country’s finest act Richmond Fontaine are back with the first single of their new album, “The High Country”, available next August 29th on Trash Aesthetics/Decor Records. “Lost in the Trees” could be the soundtrack of a car chase; it might be one of the rockiest songs of their entire discography. Solid. You can stream it below on the Soundcloud widget.

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TA708 Richmond Fontaine – Lost in the Trees by Trash Aesthetics