First Listen: I’m Kingfisher – Force of Habit
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First Listen: I’m Kingfisher – Force of Habit

Now known as I’m Kingfisher, Swedish singer/songwriter Thomas Denver Jonnson is set to release his latest album, Avian, on 17 September. The second release under the I’m Kingfisher moniker, Avian is the middle album in a planned trilogy that began with 2010’s icy Arctic. Avian promises a more autumnal feel as evidenced by its lush … Continue reading

Download: Ransom and the Subset – Anna
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Download: Ransom and the Subset – Anna

Seattle power-pop trio Ransom and the Subset will be releasing their debut album, No Time to Lose, on 7 October. A collaboration between singer/songwriter RanDair Porter, Brian E. King and Ducky Carlisle, Ransom and the Subset’s breezy single, “Anna,” recounts the trials and tribulations of the title fangirl. Stream/download “Anna” below and be on the … Continue reading

Review: Fjord Explorer – I Know I’m Awake
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Review: Fjord Explorer – I Know I’m Awake

From the sonic wash of “Rain,” the first single from Fjord Explorer‘s debut album, I Know I’m Awake, one knows this will not be a standard acoustic affair. The Jacksonville, Florida foursome’s self-described “gloom folk” dabbles in human emotion and frailty. Vocalist/guitarist Connor Hickey makes this clear on album opener, “Click,” with its dictum of “This … Continue reading

First Listen: Bonfire John – Everybody
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First Listen: Bonfire John – Everybody

The recording moniker of Owen Yonce, Bonfire John marries lyrical indifference and slow-burning guitars on “Everybody,” the first single from the forthcoming album College. A wonderful slacker jam for late summer nights, you can stream “Everybody” below. Be on the lookout for College to be released on 27 September on vinyl, CD and cassette via … Continue reading

First Listen: Bear Medicine – Infestation
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First Listen: Bear Medicine – Infestation

Taking a holistic approach to music, Lexington, Kentucky foursome Bear Medicine make use of flute and cello to provide sonically soothing yet lyrically disconcerting songs on their forthcoming debut LP, The Moon Has Been All My Life, due out in October. The album’s first single, “Infestation,” is also part of a split with fellow Lexingtonians … Continue reading

Review: Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder
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Review: Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Lumped in amongst musicians like Joey Kneiser, John Moreland and Austin Lucas, Cory Branan carries the mantle of your favorite artist’s favorite artist. Self-effacing to a fault, Branan plays up this also-ran distinction on his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder. As if proving a point, the album’s credits are a who’s-who of Americana: Jason Isbell, … Continue reading