Rodeola – Night for Days

There’s already so much 2018 releases that I would like to cover, but I still also need to make a few quick steps back into 2017. Rodeola’s album Night For Days got kind of buried under that pointless year-end list making routine, because it came out on the 1st of December. However, it’s way too good to fly by without any kind of mention, so better share a song and recommend it wholeheartedly. Actually when I first saw the news about a new Rodeola album on my feed, I had no recollection of who they are and why am I following them. Then I remembered that it’s the new name for Kate Long’s folk/americana band The Hollows and that I really liked their Sweetie EP some moons ago. I never ended up buying Sweetie, but I made amends this time around and filled my iPod and heart with the atmospheric Night for Days. This is Starlight/Moonlight from the new Rodeola album.

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The Village Ordinary – Al Capone on the Banjo

John Pedigo and Chad Acton from Louisville, KY have played back up for some of my personal folk and/or country favorites like Joan Shelley, Daniel Martin Moore and Nick Dittmeier. Besides being skilled back up musicians, they can handle the songwriting duties just as well. Their debut album under the moniker The Village Ordinary is due out on the 2nd of February. It’s a very enjoyable album and I’m a little bit in love with the song Partly Cloudy, but perhaps I’ll get to that when the album is out and available. The first outtake from the forthcoming album The Needle Spins is also excellent and carries a title Al Capone on the Banjo. Listen to it below and hit that Bandcamp link for pre-order information.

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Haley Heynderickx – Untitled God Song

Singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx from Portland, Oregon is getting ready to release her debut album. The first single Oom Sha La La already appeared a few months ago. It took a little while for that song to win my heart over, but eventually I was fully convinced that I need to start a garden. The second single Untitled God Song surfaced yesterday and this song is just exceptional and outstanding. My jaw fell through the floor on first listen and after I picked it up from the cellar, I had the song on repeat for half an hour. Profoundly captivating and beautiful song that describes the appearance of God in an unconventional manner. It’s both moving and amusing. I can’t wait to hear the full-length album I Need to Start a Garden that will be released by the always excellent Mama Bird Recording Co on the 2nd of March.

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The Olympic Symphonium – Glory Of Love & Comedy

Canadian songwriting quartet The Olympic Symphonium is getting ready to release their new full-length album Beauty In The Tension. It’s a beautiful and lush folk album that I hold dear and I plan to return to it here on the release week or thereabouts. However, they’ve already shared three captivating songs from the forthcoming album that demand to be heard, so I better get started and post a couple of them. The single Glory of Love surfaced in December and it’s a Chicago-inspired love song directed to the songwriter’s 1991 Honda Accord. While that may seem a tad ludicrous in writing, the song is actually very beautiful.

The latest song to surface from the forthcoming album is a music video for the song Comedy, where all members took a bit of a hit for the team by eating habaneros and such, because crying on demand was otherwise a difficult thing to achieve. I bet that’s a moment when one regrets not taking at least a few drama & acting lessons in the open college. Beauty In The Tension will be out on Forward Music Group on the 6th of February.

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Sam Moss – Flowers

This year is already looking pretty great, because during the week several of my personal favourites announced new albums. One of them is Boston-based folk singer-songwriter Sam Moss whose new album Neon will be released on the 2nd of March by Lost Honey Records. The excellent lead single Flowers is now out and available. I’m very fond of it and look forward to hearing the full album in a couple of months.

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H.C. McEntire – A Lamb, A Dove

H.C. McEntire, the singer and songwriter of the great North Carolinian folk rock band Mount Moriah will release a solo album Lionheart on the 26th of January. The lead track A Lamb, A Dove surfaced in November and therefore I took a bit of a head start and already selected it among the best songs of 2017. However, this magnificent gospel-tinged song deserves far more attention now when we are approaching the release of this excellent album. So here it goes. The stunning opening track of the forthcoming solo album that will be released by Merge Records.

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