Video of the Day #121: Clint Michigan

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This is something rather special. I had never heard of Clint Michigan until Slowcoustic premiered their latest music video two weeks ago. I had an instant crush with the song and the band. Somehow I’ve missed the earlier posts about the band even though I try to read their all blog posts (sometimes I almost feel like I’m stealing content from Slowcoustic because the blog is such an inspiration. So you can just unfollow me and start following only slowcoustic. Unless you are into power pop and Finnish music that I occasionally feature as well).

Clint Michigan is a New York-based folk group led by singer-songwriter Clint Asay. Their latest album Coeur d’Alene came out in october 2012 and in february 2013, Michal Tlusty made this stunning animated video for the title track. I fell in love with the song and the video fits perfectly to the song. I also have to post their earlier video Aaman Crane below Coeur d’Alene, because a) the song is equally amazing b) there’s cats in the video. And if there’s something that I love even more than beautiful folk songs, it is cats. It’s a shame that there doesn’t seem to be any physical releases, because I’m still not good at buying digital releases. I may have to make an exception, because Coeur d’Alene is indeed something very special. You can listen to / buy the whole amazing album on their bandcamp. This is the title track Coeur d’Alene.

Clint Michigan’s “Coeur d’Alene” from CLINT MICHIGAN on Vimeo.

CLINT MICHIGAN’S “AAMAN CRANE” from CLINT MICHIGAN on Vimeo.

Clint Michigan Website

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Skip Zone – Black Country EP

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Skip Zone is a fairly new folk rock band from Helsinki. They released their self-titled debut album last year and it was a very good effort. During the past six months, I’ve returned to their soundcloud several times and spent a carefree moment in the company of their beautiful folk songs. The album has been on my list of things to write about for months. It’s kind of ridicilous that these days I’m mostly writing about folk music and country music and still have failed to mention great Finnish bands like Skip Zone and Statues Made Of Matchsticks.

My incredible slowness has led to a state that there’s new music from the band even before I’ve written about the previous material. This time I try to make amends and write a few words instantly after the release date. Skip Zone released their new studio live EP titled Black Country 1st of march and it definitely sounds like this thing is just getting better all the time. I’m loving both male and female vocals a lot and they are capable of writing excellent folk rock songs. A small CD edition of 100 copies will be available later, but at the moment you can listen to the whole thing on their soundcloud. This is the title track Black Country.

Skip Zone at Facebook
Skip Zone at Soundcloud

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New album from Beacon Street Radiants

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Beacon Street Radiants was a really good Turku-based americana / folk rock group that released fine little releases some years ago. Before quitting in 2010 or thereabouts, the band recorded a full-length album that never saw the light of the day back then. Thankfully a brand new local label One Clean Sound thought that the album is just too good to remain criminally unreleased and released Beacon Street Radiants self-titled album on 1st of march 2013. After listening to the album a few times, I can fully agree with them. This (almost lost) album is pretty damn good and definitely worthy of an official release.

You can order the album directly from the label. Visit their facebook for more information. Also the local 8raita record store has the album in stock. This is the excellent Your Heart from the album.

Beacon Street Radiants at Facebook
One Clean Sound at Facebook

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