Portland has delivered yet another stellar band with oh so much promise. Lost Lander is a music project founded by lead singer Matt Sheehy. Their debut, DDRT, is a full length album that delivers on so many levels. Pretty impressive that a work of such quality and depth could come out a “project“. Sheehy, stick with this band. You’ll go far.
I have listened to this album front to back and back to front several times. Refreshingly, each song carries its own uniqueness, yet flows with ease. Lost Lander’s sound is packaged beautifully by Sheehy’s rich vocal delivery and pain-streaked lyrics. Instrumentation steeped in folk influences provide bold directional changes within each track. All while you are continually wooed by the supporting vocalists.
There are many standouts on this album; though, Cold Feet, Afraid of Summer, and The Sailor have me thinking Lost Lander is likely an incredible act to catch live. I wait…
Lost Lander - DRRT
If you do one thing tonight/this week/this year, it should be to listen to Milo Greene. Their songs are draped with ever changing, layered harmonies that will leave you lost in the moment of sound. Milo Greene’s debut EP, The Hello Sessions, is made up of four diverse songs that impact a still and deep feeling that lingers long after the songs are over. I am left wondering what I was doing for the past four minutes after each song.
1957 shows off the talents of female vocalist and guitarist, Marlana Sheetz, and is easily one my favorite indie folk songs of this year. Silent Way is laid out beautifully by the drooping banjo plucking and intermittent violin while the chorus repeats, longingly, “When we’re older can I still come over?“.
Milo Greene has the great privilege of touring with the infections Civil Wars this fall in what will be a must-see concert. And aren’t we so lucky that they will be hitting the area twice! I already have my tickets to the DC show so get yours fast because dates are quickly selling out
- Saturday Oct. 22 @ The Jefferson Theater; Charlottesville,VA
- Sunday Oct. 23 @ The Lincoln Theater; Washington D.C.
Seattle strummer, Bryan John Appleby, has just released his first full length LP, Fire on the Vine. After hearing just one song, I immediately voiced my stamp of approval and I predict he will become a household name before long. Fire on the Vine is a deep and introspective musical exploration which intensifies with folk explosions throughout. This is the type of album I would recommend putting on when you want to delve deep into thought. Appleby’s voice is refreshing addition to the indie-folk movement.
Songs Noah’s Nameless Wife and Honey Jars are more than solid bookends for Fire on the Vine. Each song builds on the logical path of succession throughout the album. The Words of the Revelator stands in the middle and ties together the full emotional experience.
I would like to thank Seattle music blog, Sound on the Sound, for introducing me to this incredible new talent. Head over their site for a special video on Appleby; highlighting how this album came to be in the space it was written. Stream Fire on the Vine in its entirety below and pick up a copy of the CD to support this up-and-coming artist.
Portland, Oregon has produced yet another indie-folk-electro-pop winner with Priory. Lady of Late had me hooked immediately with its poppy edge and soaring vocal harmonies. The video accurately portrays how easy it is to become lost in our lady of late. And just as you finally reach her, you are just as quickly shut out.
If this song is any indication of what this band is capable of, I can’t wait to get my hands on a full length album. Be on the look out for updates on tour dates, hopefully they hit the area soon. Chao
Port O’Brien is back! Well, not really, but founder Van Pierszalowski has started a new project, Waters. The band has just released their first single, For the One. I am pretty intrigued by what we may see from Waters. Port O’Brien has been inactive for a couple of years now but I still find myself listening to their CD’s at least once a week. For the One has a unique sound but you can definitely hear Pierszalowski’s inspiration from Port O’Brien mixing in on the new track. Take a look here for more info and a free download.
Listen: Waters – For the One
Port O’Brien tracks ripe for listening, after the jump…
Sorry for the hiatus people, crazy week at work. But, who cares…
The good news is that I’ve stumbled across a new band that will definitely get you excited for summer jams. Of Monsters and Men are an acoustic folk group out of Iceland with some serious talent. They are led vocally by a male/female duo. I would share their names but let’s be real, there is no way you would get the pronunciation right, so how ’bout you just take my word for it. Be on the lookout for their full length album, due out summer 2011.
Listen: Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
“We are a musical project, with high-speed aspirations.”
That just about says it all from this duo hailing from Detroit. In my opinion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s upcoming full length LP, It’s a Corporate World, should be one of the most anticipated releases of the summer (June 7). Don’t let the name fool you, this band is definitely playlist material. DEJJ has thrown their hat into the ever-popular electronic tune trend, and they have come up with music that is fresh and exciting. There is something addicting behind DEJJ’s music…you’re just going to have to listen for yourself to figure it out.
Listen: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Nothing But Our Love
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought
**Concert Alert! Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be playing two shows in the DC area THIS MONTH:
- Friday, May 13: Red Palace, DC
- Tuesday, May 17: IOTA Club, Arlington
I plan on going to both of these shows, so let me know if you’re interested in tagging along. FYI: the show at IOTA is going to be epic, I highly recommend joining.