Future States – Heaven / Bugaboo (single)

One of my latest music obsessions has been this single by Future States and especially the song Bugaboo (Heaven is great too). I first heard it over at The Wild Honey Pie and instantly loved it. This beautifully arranged pop song is now out as digital single and was released by Golden Brown. I definitely need to investigate the back catalogue, because these Canadians seem to master this art of making rich and warm-sounding pop songs. Sort of takes me back ten years to the time when I was heavily into things like The Heavy Blinkers discography and the debut full-length Animal Bells from the Australian pop wizards The Crayon Fields. What a fabulous pop song.

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Erin Rae – Can’t Cut Loose

More major news on the OCTA scale. Single Lock Records will release a new Erin Rae album Putting On Airs on the 8th of June and a new single Can’t Cut Loose is already available. Nashville-based Erin Rae is a great songwriter and she has a remarkably beautiful and engaging singing voice. Album outtake Wild Blue Wind was one of the finest songs of the year 2017 and Like The First Time and this latest single are almost as brilliant. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing in June. Here’s the new single Can’t Cut Loose.

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Michael Feuerstack – Nobody Knows (song/video)

This spring is going to special. The release schedule just looks incredible. I need to quit my day job to be able to properly feature all of them. Unfortunately I can’t, because this doesn’t pay the bills. In fact it costs a little bit of money and a whole lot of time to make this. Anyway, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about, because a really significant amount of most likely brilliant albums will be released in April/May and I couldn’t be happier about that.

The forthcoming album from Montreal-based songwriter Michael Feuerstack is one the albums that I’m really excited about. Natural Weather is due out 25th of May on Forward Music Group and I’m 100% sure that it’s going to be a great one. More about it in May/June when I’ve heard it, but here’s the excellent first outtake and video for the song Nobody Knows.

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Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – Western Soul

This new Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints album have kept me smiling when some silly age crisis is trying to bring me down. Later this year I will be 40, this blog will be 17 and Karate Kid will be 57. Time sure flies, but let’s not get into that now. I should focus on this delightful album that contains sweet old-fashioned originals and carefully selected covers. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints are from Seattle and they deliver wonderful early rock’n’roll, swing, country, trad jazz and Western Soul. I’ve been following them since the very first single, because one of my online musician friends from the area Lincoln Barr followed Birch Pereira on FB and I went and listened to Whose Honey Are You? and instantly loved it. I can’t remember did I write about the first record on this blog, but if I didn’t, it’s definitely about time to feature this lovely band on this little blog now when this sophomore album is out and available. The beautiful ballad The One You Think You See, the super entertaining, jivey and jazzy A Love I Can’t Explain and a gorgeous rendition of the all-time classic St. James Infirmary are my personal favourites, but everything else also works beautifully.

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Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden

I Need to Start a Garden by Portland-based folk songwriter Haley Heynderickx is now available everywhere on the great Mama Bird Recording Co. This is one of my personal favorites of the year. The songwriting is intriquing and unique and then there’s that voice that has such an emotional range. The depth of that voice cuts through me like a knife. Which is a pretty horrible analogy, because this doesn’t hurt me. Quite the opposite actually. The emotional range finds even the parts of me that you can’t find from human anatomy encyclopedia and fills them with something pure and eventually healing. The whole album is marvellous, but for me the highlight of it is Untitled God Song. Profoundly captivating, completely addicting and dazzlingly beautiful song that describes the appearance of God in an unconventional manner. It’s both moving and amusing and I’ve listened to it dozens of times. What a great record. I’m not really an outdoor type, but I’m pretty sure I need to start a garden.

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Daniel Markham – Velvet Elvis (song/video)

Stop the press! We have a new Daniel Markham album on the horizon. Well truth to be told, there’s really no need to stop, because there hasn’t been anything going on in this silly blog during the past weeks. However, I love Daniel Markham and I’m thrilled that he has a new album Hyperspeed coming out on the 25th of May. The first single and music video from the forthcoming album surfaced on Friday and it’s once again magnificent. I’ve had Velvet Elvis on repeat during the weekend and can’t wait to hear the whole album in month and a half.

And here’s the music video that premiered at New Slang. They also have Q&A with Daniel so hit this link to get some background information.

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