Static Diary – Static Diary

Static Diary is the first solo album from Centro-Matic’s keyboard wizard Scott Danbom and it came out on Goliad Media on the 27th of July. The atmosphere carries me to a place somewhat similar to Grandaddy or Mercury Rev, but there’s also a lot more to this blissfully weird and endearingly beautiful adventure. I might not normally recommend records that contain experimental ambient moods, but this one has the magic to make my prejudices disappear. What an enchanting album to get lost into. Here’s a few of my own favorites, but you really need to get onboard and experience the whole journey. Preferably with good headphones.

Oh and thanks to Daniel Markham for introducing this record to me.

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Valley Maker – Light On the Ground (video)

This is like a meeting with an old friend. Valley Maker aka songwriter Austin Crane has signed a deal with Frenchkiss Records and his new album Rhododendron will be released on the 12th of October. Not that it has been that long really. The original release of the previous one was 2013 and the label reissue in 2015. Still it’s been a while since that beautiful voice has carried a new song into my arms and I’ve missed that. The first outtake from the forthcoming album is called Light On the Ground.

Valley Maker Website

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Becky Warren – We’re All We Got

A couple of weeks ago Becky Warren launched the countdown to the release of her forthcoming album with a brilliant first single We’re All We Got. It’s an anthem for the outcasts and the underdogs who may have been given a two and a seven, but together, they can all be aces. A powerful and humane rock’n’roll testimony about the good in everyone. Becky Warren’s new album Undesirable is due out on the 19th of October and it’s a perfect antidote against the horrible lack of empathy that is polluting the world. It kicks your ass and it makes you think. This is We’re All We Got.

Bonus track. A great song from her previous album War Surplus.

Becky Warren Website

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Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis – Wild! Wild! Wild!

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis made a record together and it’s a glorious rock’n’roll meets country extravaganza. It’s a pure joy to listen to their fierce and fun album Wild! Wild! Wild! that came out on Bloodshot Records on the 10th of August. Hey, a couple of days with this one and I may fall behind in the most miserable man without any reason contest. Even though this record is a bliss, it also has the ability to move your soul and not just the body. Especially on the beautiful last song, Hardluck, Louisiana, Linda Gail Lewis delivers a vocal performance that will keep on holding you tightly long after the last note has faded away. Hardluck, Louisiana and Robbie’s I Just Lived a Country Song are the biggest highlights for me, but the whole record is gorgeous. Hardluck, Louisiana will end the weekly playlist that I’ll post tomorrow, so the lyric video of I Just Lived a Country Song can end this little blog entry about this lovely album.

Ok, here’s the title track too, because a) it’s wonderful b) it shows another side of this genre hopping blast of a record.

Robbie Fulks Website
Linda Gail Lewis

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Clay Parker and Jodi James – The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound

A few weeks of just those weekly playlist posts, but I try to return back into writing regular blog entries from now on and at least until the end of the year. The best way to start that is to feature the album that I’ve loved by far the most during this insanely hot summer. The album in question is the new Clay Parker and Jodi James album The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound that came out on the 20th of July.

The Louisiana duo of Clay Parker and Jodi James have written a timeless and endlessly beautiful folk album. Sure there’s also darkness in the stories, but the way they perform the songs is full of warmness and down-to-earth beauty. The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound is a perfect antidote against the everyday stress that is continuously lurking in the back of my head. There’s no space left for stress, when Jodi and Clay start singing together in perfect harmony and gently wrap my heart in the sweetest acoustic americana sounds and captivating folk stories. There’s absolute no way I could overemphasize my love for the singing on this album. The singing and the harmonies are pure gold throughout the record and I could listen to them singing together all day long. Check out a couple of personal favorites from the album below. Although, to be honest, every song is a favorite and The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound is also my favorite album of the year.

Clay Parker and Jodi James Website

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Clint Michigan – Centuries (video)

Clint Michigan’s latest album Centuries is very personal, deeply moving and somehow extremely powerful in all its fragility. Chris Tucci animated a beautiful music video for the outstanding title track of the album. The animation perfectly captures the poignant mood of the song and lifts it to even further heights. Centuries is now out and available on Kiam Records.

And here’s another favourite from the new album.

Clint Michigan Website

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