Bart, KiDD, Harlem and Evan Cheadle

Tonight’s round up of songs that I’ve fallen in love with during recent times. Maybe I should figure out a some kind of cheeky title to this feature like Four Arms To Hold You, if I go with four songs each time.

Starting the journey from Toronto, Canada with the first single Don’t Push from the forthcoming Bart album Today, Tomorrow, & The Next Day. It’s such a brilliant song with colourful and beautiful arrangements. A timeless harmonic beauty. The album is due out 10th of May on Idée Fixe Records.

Idee Fixe Records Website

Moving across the ocean to Scotland where local pop wizard Stu Kidd released a portion of pop magic that carries the title Chance Weekend. He might not be that well-known in this corner of the world, but he has released lots of high quality music over the last decade, both as a solo artist and with the bands The Wellgreen and Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab (plus collaborated/played with most of the legendary bands from BMX Bandits to The Pearlfishers). His new album came out on the 1st March 2019 on Zenzerino Records. This is the gorgeous album opener and first single A Picture I Don’t Want To Paint.

Kidd Website

Next stop Austin, TX and the new Harlem album that was released by Female Fantasy Records on the 14th of February. It took Michael Coomers and Curtis O’Mara nine years to make this follow-up to their well-received album Hippies, but it’s finally here and totally worth the wait. This is Lana from the new album called Oh Boy.

Harlem at Facebook

And back to Canada for the final entry for tonight. This time Victoria, British Columbia. I’m usually super slow with my blog writings, but this time I’ll post a brand new music video. Noah Markus Leach directed this marvellous music video for Evan Cheadle’s tremendous song Fluid Love. The song is an outtake from his wonderful Chasing Shadows EP/album where psychedelic pop, English ballads and baroque pop gently collides.

Evan Cheadle Website

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LeAnna Eden, Jason Bemis Lawrence and Foxwarren

A small video post for tonight. Starting with Charlotte-based songwriter LeAnna Eden and her moving song Don’t Forget to Say Goodbye. The playlist followers heard this some weeks ago, but a gorgeous music video surfaced few days ago and therefore a revisit is a must. Such a great song.

LeAnna Eden Website

Moving to New York and simultaneously taking a step back to 2018 for this one. How Fast Can You Pack? is an outtake from Jason Bemis Lawrence’s 2018 album Another Hotel Hallway. I loved the song then and still do. Plus the video by Christopher A. Hoffman would be a work of art even on its own.

Jason Bemis Lawrence Website

Staying in 2018 for the last entry too, because a few weeks ago Foxwarren released a new music video for the song Sunset Canyon. It’s an outtake from their magnificent self-titled 2018 album. Oh how I could listen to Andy Shauf sing all day long.

Foxwarren at Facebook

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Micah Schnabel, M.Lockwood Porter, Leyla McCalla, Durand Jones & The Indications and VanWyck

Hey, another small round up post of songs that I love. This one was inspired by the brand new amazing Micah Schnabel single and contains powerful socially aware songs.

Micah Schnabel from Columbus, Ohio is a long time favorite and I’m a big fan of both his solo work and the Two Cow Garage catalogue (Oh and his novel Hello, My Name Is Henry is also really good). I love the fact that he is often fighting for what is right with his songs and the powerful new single is a perfect example of this. New Shoes is the first single from his forthcoming album The Teenage Years Of The 21st Century. While waiting for that album to make me a better person, I will keep on watching this lovely video starring Vanessa Jean Speckman.

Micah Schnabel at Facebook

Carrying on to Tulsa, OK for the new M.Lockwoord Porter album Communion in the Ashes that is coming out next week on the 29th of March on Black Mesa Records. This one is going to be a powerful americana / rock album that forces the listeners to think and hopefully inspires and encourages them to start working towards a brighter future. There is still time and that time is right now. Here’s the music video for the first single The Dream Is Dead and below that the latest outtake and title track Communion in the Ashes.

M. Lockwood Porter Website

Next up is a song from the tremendous album Capitalist Blues by Leyla McCalla. She is a songwriter from New Orleans, LA and this important album came out on the 25th of January on Jazz Village. Here’s the gorgeous music video for the song Money Is King. Hungry Hungry Hippos meets with capitalist greed.

Leyla McCalla Website

Moving on to Bloomington, Indiana for the brand new Durand Jones & The Indications album American Love Call that was co-released by Dead Oceans & Colemine Records on the 1st of March. A definite must for every soul music fan and well for every fan of good music. Durand Jones and Aaron Frazer are both so amazing and have a perfect chemistry. This is the album opener Morning In America that paints a dark, but painfully true picture.

Durand Jones & the Indications Website

Last stop this time around is Amsterdam, Netherlands and I will wrap up this little blog entry with a slightly older song that I’ve posted before. Due to reasons that a) I love this song Ballad of the Quiet Citizen by VanWyck and b) I wanted to end this little blog entry to the words but love speaks louder still.

VanWyck Website

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