Jeremy Squires – Collapse

North Carolinian Jeremy Squires is a songwriter that I’ve been following for years and have really liked all of his releases. His new album Collapse came out on the 14th of April and I’ve had it on heavy rotation ever since. The album is quietly mesmerizing and beautifully shattering. I always love this contrast in Jeremy’s music. It can be so devastatingly sad and at the same feel so warm, soft and kindhearted. The songs break me into tiny pieces, but by the time the record finishes he has somehow put the pieces back together in a way that I feel more whole than before. Collapse is another excellent Jeremy Squires album. Here are Night Cars that features Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire on backing vocals and the music video for the album closer Secrets I Can Keep.

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The Lieblings – Let Them Have It

Hey, it’s summer and everything. The weather forecasters might not entirely agree and keep on telling that it’s damn cold outside and that soon it might be raining all kinds of awful things. However, I’m not ready to believe them, because there’s summer in my heart and that means I need some pop music that is a perfect match with that summery feeling. So it’s The Lieblings to the rescue, because they are more than able to kick the clouds away with their fuzzy pop magic. Their second album Let Them Have It came out months ago and I still haven’t written a word about if I remember correctly. Ridicilous stuff on my part, but better late than never and all the other cliches. Anyway, Let Them Have It is a great pop record with fuzzy guitar, gorgeous melodies and awesome vocals. This is Spark from the new The Lieblings album that is out and available on Stupido Records.

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Colter Wall – Colter Wall

Lately I’ve been very much addicted to the songs of Canadian country/folk troubadour Colter Wall. His rather stunning debut full-length album came out a few weeks ago. This self-titled album would be impressive effort for any songwriter let alone 21(?)-year old tunesmith who is just starting out. The producer Dave Cobb is letting Colter Wall’s deep voice and magnificent storytelling take the center stage and don’t use pointless extra gimmicks. I suppose I can understand if the album sounds a bit too bare for some, but I think it’s the right call and I love this just the way it is. It doesn’t work as just background music though, but it’s only a good thing that songs demand the listener’s full attention. Therefore I’m going to cut this worhtless rambling short and I’m gonna just put the headphones on and let Colter’s spectacular voice carry me into the world of traditional folk tales. I fully recommend doing the same. Check these two wonderful album outtakes below and then pick up the full album that came out on Young Mary’s Record Company / Thirty Tigers on 12th of May

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John Statz – The Fire Sermon

The last months flew by without any time or energy for the blog so there’s a huge amount of 2017 releases that haven’t been even mentioned here. Some of them even mean a great deal to me like the new John Statz album The Fire Sermon. I’m a long time fan of this Denver-based (but Wisconsin-raised) folk/americana songwriter and have featured his songs several times over the years. Let’s not make this an exception, because the new album is once again really good and full of gorgeous melodic love songs. This one below is my current favourite Long Time. The Fire Sermon is already out and available in Europe and North American release will happen next Friday 2nd of June.

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Fiver – Audible Songs From Rockwood

Canadian songwriter Simone Schmidt aka Fiver spent a few years going through the old case files (from 1854-1881) of patients at the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane and turned her findings into fictional folk songs. The end result is an extremely powerful and breathtaking traditional folk album Audible Songs From Rockwood. It’s mesmerizing in an unsettling manner. I’m not really able to do justice to such an incredible album, but it’s definitely an album you’ll need to hear. Audible Songs From Rockwood came out on April 21st on the great Canadian label Idee Fixe Records. This is the music video for excellent album outtake Mouser.

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Leah Senior – You Were Not Fit For The Day (video)

I mentioned Australian folk singer-songwriter Leah Senior a few weeks ago, but a reminder is in order because a) her new album Pretty Faces came out today on Flightless Records b) There’s also a new music video for album cut You Were Not Fit For The Day. I love this one almost as much as the first outtake and now all that’s left to decide is whether I order a vinyl from Australia or just settle for buying a download.

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