Al Scorch – Circle Round The Signs (+Jess McIntosh)

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I saw Al Scorch live at Capitol, Stockholm a few months ago and really enjoyed the concert. I also brought home the vinyl copy of his new album and it’s been on heavy rotation during this fall. Al Scorch is a Chicago-based banjo player, songwriter and storyteller and his latest album Circle Round the Signs came out on Bloodshot Records in the spring of 2016. It ranges from fast tempo banjo picking to beautiful ballads and everything works wonderfully. This is Everybody Out from the new album.

And here’s an album cut City Lullaby from Half Top Sessions Performed by Al and Jess McIntosh. The same line up was on their recent Euro tour where I saw them.

Jess McIntosh also has her own solo album Long Time Exhaling. I need to focus on that sometime soon, because everything I listened tonight on Bandcamp sounds extremely good. Here’s a song called Bigger. You can buy / listen to all of it Bandcamp.

Al Scorch Website
Jess McIntosh Website

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Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee

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I struggled with North Carolinian Hiss Golden Messenger for a rather long time. Everyone whose taste I trust kept on praising M.C. Taylor and his music, but somehow I just failed to hear the greatness of it. Looking back that seems ridiculous and that ignorance might take away the little credibility I still had left. But yeah, it took me until the song Brother, Do You Know The Road couple years back when I finally heard the light and understood that my heart is a good match with the music of Hiss Golden Messenger.

The new Hiss Golden Messenger album Heart Like a Levee came out on Merge Records on October 7th and it has been a big favourite lately. I’ve spent hours just lying on the floor with headphones on listening to this album. Sorta like my very own yoga session. Might not fix my sore muscles, but sure takes care of the soul. The songs are great and it’s so beautifully arranged. I’m especially fond of the title track Heart Like a Levee, Happy Day (Sister my Sister) and the album closer Highland Grace, but it’s all magnificent.

Hiss Golden Messenger Website

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Delay Trees – Brightest Eyes (single/video)

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I bet you didn’t expect to find Finnish pop music when you came to this website, but here it is and it’s rather spectacular as well. The new Delay Trees album Let Go is coming out in 2017 on Soliti Music, but the first single and outtake from the forthcoming album is already out, available and ready to drop into your heart. The song is called Brightest Eyes and it sounds mighty good.

Delay Trees Website

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Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster & Wesley Randolph Eader

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I’ve written about the new Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster album Constant Stranger and about the new Wesley Randolph Eader album Highway Winds, but further praise is in order. I continuosly keep on returning to these songs and therefore I have to share them. First the The Dirt, the Bells and I that is a perfect ending to Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster’s awesome record and after that Wesley Randolph Eader and Waitin’s What We Do. Both incredible songs from wonderful albums.

Water Liars (Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster’s band) at Facebook

Wesley Randolph Eader Website

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