Chris Bathgate is the greatest!

Last year I fell in love with Chris Bathgate’s latest album Salt Year and during the recent months I’ve been working my way through his back catalogue. First A Cork Tale Wake took my breath away and now I’m forming a lifelong beautiful relationship with Throatsleep. Chris Bathgate has been the artist I’ve listened to the most during these early parts of 2012 and very often I start my work day by selecting artist Chris Bathgate from the iPod menu and hitting play all. Chris Bathgate is one amazing folk musician, brilliant songwriter and a true genius. If you don’t take my word for it, listen to these magnificent songs from A Cork Tale Wake and Throatsleep (Salt Year is equally wonderful, but I’ve posted songs from that one before).

Chris Bathgate Website
Chris Bathgate at Bandcamp

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Year 2011 Round-up Part 1: Small Houses, Hezekiah Jones, Chris Bathgate, Stranded Horse

I think it will go close to Christmas (or even after) until I have the albums and songs of the year lists ready, but I thought I post a couple of quick round-up posts before that. Maybe I should ask Suburban Home is that Micah Schnabel album coming out before the end of the year, before choosing the album of the year. At the moment it seems to be a contest between The Deep Dark Woods and Glossary with Dawes lurking on the 3rd spot and Mummypowder leading the local contest. But last minute changes are always possible.

I’ve become more and more addicted to folk singer-songwriters during the year and Jeremy Quentin (Small Houses), Raphael Cutrufello (Hezekiah Jones), Chris Bathgate and Yann Tambour (Stranded Horse) are new musical heroes of mine. I think I’ve found the first three from the wonderful Canadian blog Slowcoustic and if you like these videos below you should bookmark it (or just make it your home page).

Without further ado, I’ll bring you these great folk songs. Also known as the most beautiful songs of the year 2011 here at the onechord.net headquarters. I’ve listened these so many times that you need master’s degree in mathematics to be able to count that far. The albums are also fantastic. Well at least the first three. I don’t actually have the Stranded Horse album yet, which is criminal because I love that song. I have to do something with that if the rest of it is even half as good.

Small Houses: Late July (from the album North)

Small Houses – “Late July” from Spencer Wells on Vimeo.

Hezekiah Jones: Lift The Shadow From This Heart (from the album Have You Seen Our Fort?)

Chris Bathgate: Poor Eliza (from the album Salt Year)

Chris Bathgate : Bridgehouse Session Pt. 2 from Mostly Midwest on Vimeo.

Stranded Horse: And The Shoreline It Withdrew In Anger (from the album Humbling Tides)

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Video of the Day #60: Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate is a folk singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, Michigan and his new album Salt Year came out in april. You probably know more about him than I do, because I just started to listen to him last night thanks to one of my favourite blogs Slowcoustic. His voice reminds me of Will Oldham, but that’s hardly a bad thing. I’ve watched his Bridgehouse Session a few times now and this is pretty magical stuff. I need to check out the new album. Here’s Poor Eliza from that session. Check out the other two videos at Mostly Midwest.

Chris Bathgate : Bridgehouse Session Pt. 2 from Mostly Midwest on Vimeo.

Chris Bathgate Website

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