Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s second album as LUMP is our recommendation of the week. It can be easy to dismiss these songs as scraps from whatever doesn’t find their way into Marling’s “main” albums. But those ideas, coupled with Lindsay’s marvellous synth work, come to have a life of their own here, and “Animal” has some of the best tracks we’ve heard from both musicians in a while.
The Grote Zaal of De Oosterpoort during the 2018′s TakeRoot festival.
Coming of age in the era of MySpace meant stumbling into a lot of “A little bit of everything, except country and rap” on your fellow scenester’s profiles. Fast forward some 15 years, and there’s a rapper headlining your favorite indie festival, much to the disgust of a few folks who haven’t grown from their proud everything-except-country-and-rap pedestal. But most young alternative Europeans still look at country music with the same disgusted look that your aunt made the first time she stumbled upon a 50 Cent music video.
Andrew Bird’s “My Finest Work Yet” might not be exactly his best, but it’s definitely his most interesting record in ten years. It sounds familiar, it sounds like it has always been there, but it never sounds redundant. There has never been a better time to get back into his discography. What’s more: new songs by Kevin Morby, Bedouine, Olden Yolk, Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Justin Townes Earle, Lily & Madeleine, Drugdealer, Dark Tea, Sam Outlaw, Son Volt, Richard Dawson, HRNS, Blanco Palamera, Ryan Pollie, C Duncan, Chris Forsyth, Black Midi, Low Life, and American Football.
Bolachas Now Playing, 08/2017 (#92):
JFDR – Airborne
Molly Burch – Downhearted
Nadia Reid – Right on Time
Emma Ruth Rundle – The Distance
Sam Outlaw – Everyone’s Looking For Home
Andrew Combs – Blood Hunters
John Moreland – It Doesn’t Suit Me (Like Before)
Son Volt – Promise the World
Califone + oRSo – Slowness
The Feelies – In Between
The Feelies – Make It Clear
Tall Tall Trees – The Riverbend
Shelby Earl – The Man Who Made Himself a Name
Duquesa – Better Men
Ride – Home is a Feeling
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Methyl Ethel – Groundswell
The Molochs – Ten Thousand
Justin Townes Earle – Champagne Corolla
Christopher Paul Stelling – Destitute
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge – Sleeping By Myself