We’re big fans of Matt Hectorne over here, aside from being an all around quality guy, he makes some fantastically genuine music. With that known, he just released a new seven track album, Show Your Love, and it’s one of those back to front listens that I believe anyone could enjoy.
Since his last album, he moved to Nashville – and it shows in this record. The band really got a grip on that familiar Nashville sound, and they made it their own. Between the writing, the roadhouse guitar solos, and the church choir qualities – it’s hard to miss.
This album is heartbreak, bittersweet relationships, and falling in all consuming infatuation – if there isn’t something you can’t relate to on this album, I’ll be impressed. In seven short songs Matt Hectorne & The Family Tree covered a good majority of the human condition.
Some favorites on the album are “Ease My Mind”, “Think I’ll Fall In Love”, and “Lose My Mind” – go grab a copy and find out what yours are.
Matt Hectorne & The Family Tree: Site // Bandcamp // Facebook
We’re still here. I promise. But I’ll admit it’s been a while since something was shared – new music has been slim these last few weeks. Because of that I’ve been going back and listening to a lot of the great album that came out this year, and there are plenty of them. I recommend you do the same.
If you really need a new music fix, Matthew and the Atlas are there for you. “Out of the Darkness” is another new track coming from the forthcoming debut album. It’s bleak and muted, considerably different that the Matthew and the Atlas you might be used to. The track echos with a haunting and distantly cold feeling – give it a spin.
Matthew and the Atlas: Site // Facebook
I bet you never thought you’d see someone who has collaborated with Drake on this blog, did you? Truth be told, I enjoy Drake every now again. But Sampha Sisay is who we are really talking about – he’s a London based artist and producer who has spent the last few years doing the behind the scenes work on several pieces by injecting warm and silky influence in them.
Sampha released “Too Much”, the song he did with Drake, in solo form and the b-side to that single was “Happens” – one song that I haven’t been able to get enough of lately. It’s a mix of both uncomfortable and melancholic, it brings you in with his soft voice and deft piano – but once inside the pain is heavy and driving. It’s quite beautiful. For more of his story, there is a great interview over on pitchfork.
Sampha: Site // Facebook
Easily one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen was Chet Faker at the Record Bar here in Kansas City this year. The room was a little sparse, the sound guy was top notch that night, and the entire band was just on point. There was a certain air of appreciation in the room too, everyone knew they were there to watch show and acted like it – and while that’s an external factor, I like to think the way Chet carried himself really drove that atmosphere.
I recently went through a Flume phase as well, so when I heard the two would be collaborating on a larger scale I was very excited. Later this month, November 26th, they will be releasing their Lockjaw EP, a quick three song set that sure to pack some weight to it. Listen to “Drop The Game” below, what is Chet Faker’s smooth and intimate is matched up to Flume’s hazy and trance like beats – it’s almost scary.
Chet Faker: Site // Facebook
Flume: Site // Facebook
Damien Jurado is a phenom of a man. He’s about to put out his eleventh studio album – an almost terrifying number. You could sit down and listen to his whole catalog, and the time it would take could be more than the time you’ve spent with some people you call a friend.
“Silver Timothy” is the first single from Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, due out January 20th. Frankly, I love it. It didn’t take long to grow on me, but not much of Damien’s changing sound of the years has needed that. But Josh Tillman (Father John Misty) penned a piece about this album’s announcement – and it written far more fantastically than I could ever do for this album.
Damien Jurado: Site // Facebook // iTunes
Tennis just released their new EP, Small Sound, and it’s been on rotation at my house the last few days. The catchy pop songs infused with a lighthearted dreaminess have been comforting over the last few days. I’m typically one of those miserable people that will put on music to exacerbate my mood but Tennis was timed just so well with this release to help me fight the rut that has been this past week. Thanks dudes.
“Mean Streets” has just enough punchy percussion to really make it a jam, one that causes the upper half of my body to awkwardly sway around in my desk chair like no one is watching. And some white girl some where told me that is all that matters.
Tennis: Site // Facebook // iTunes
There are days when power jamz are needed – where the lyrics don’t confuse and the vocals simply bleed with emotion. Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” has filled that need for me over the past few months, and I felt it was finally time to share this overwhelmingly smooth pop music with all of you.
Sam’s Nirvana EP is out now, and it’s definitely worth picking up. “Nirvana” is a recent single release, and while it doesn’t command as much soul it’s got enough heavy jam character to make up for it.
Sam Smith: Facebook // iTunes
Jordan Lee is a man who has been many places, seen many things, and I’d like to think he’s made a lot of friends. He’s lived in St. Louis, Boston, Austin, and now Brooklyn making his orchestrally genre bending freak/folk/pop music and will be releasing his first true full length album come December 3rd. The closest relationship I can draw to his music would be on the Sufjan line of things – when noting that relationship, high praise goes along with it.
I’ve been listing to Love’s Crushing Diamond a considerable amount lately – it’s a record that is easy to fall in love with, but doesn’t make you grow weary in only a few listens. The sounds are so lush that each time I hear something new that I wasn’t able to pick out before. The whole thing is terribly warm and inviting and has the ability to draws you near on the cold days and play companion to your ears.
This one is really best listened to from front to back, so wait until you have a little time before you pick it apart.
Mutual Benefit : Facebook // Bandcamp
RHODES is David Rhodes, out of Hitchin, UK – and he just release his debut EP, Raise Your Love. It has these great soft crooning vocals laid over atmospherically charged guitar soundscapes – and the words I am giving it honestly doesn’t do it justice.
“Run” is the pinnacle of this album, it has a way of burying itself into your ear and staying there the rest of the day. It’s foggy and grey skies in Kansas City today, and this track gives that wailing hope inside us that is trying to break free the support it needs. Raise Your Love is out now.
RHODES: Facebook // iTunes
Elliott Brood is reissuing their EP, Tin Type, for it’s tenth anniversary. With well known tracks such as “Oh, Alberta!” and “Cadillac Dust” – I know many were very excited about this, including myself. They attached three new tracks to the album for this release to flesh it out, and it’s looking pretty shiny about now. Listen to “Rusty Nail” below.
Elliott Brood: Site // Facebook // iTunes