Local folk-rockers, Former Belle, have finally released their debut full length this week. Cathedral, dropped this past Tuesday, is an emotional roller coaster in only the best way possible.
With lead singer, Bruno Catrambone’s raw vocals, you’re lead through angsty lyrical content that almost sounds like it belongs in the Saddle Creek era of Bright Eyes and the like. Yet, there’s a bit more emo-twang to even everything out. As a listener, you truly feel as if he’s inviting you to read pages of a personal journal which I thoroughly enjoy.
Tonight, Bruno & Co. will be throwing their release party for Cathedral at Milkboy in Center City. Be sure to get there early, they’ve got a great line-up including Geology and Market East. Check out the event here, and be sure to stream the album from start to finish below.
Last week my inbox was graced with some Australian love that I’m more than happy to share with you.
Meet Mushu, a Sydney-based trio who are gearing up to release a brand new EP next year. They have recently released their first single, “Traps,” which is an eerie blend of alternative folk-rock with a completely mesmerizing and haunting chorus. The song has a dark sound which was what first drew me in. The group explains the story behind the lyrics:
“Traps” follows the plight of an otherwise innocent and well-intentioned individual, who’s being forced by another to act out of character and do something they’ll regret.
The slow churning guitars, a soft female lead and a heavy-hitting crescendo…it’s a pretty damn good formula.
Snowalker - Pepper Rabbit From their debut LP, Beauregard, this duo adds their own experimental touch to the folk genre clamoring away on multitudes of instruments with reverbed vocals to match. Let it be known that I’m also a huge, huuuuge sucker for the banjo.
I Am The Lion King – PAPA Sometimes I want to shake my fist at these artists who pick names such as PAPA (SEO is a HARD game MAN)..but then 15 seconds into “I Am The Lion King” the raucous kickdrum bursts through and I suddenly forget my frustrations. Plus, it’s the drummer from Girlsso I really can’t complain. Pan those speakers left and right and turn up the volume with this one.
Way You Are – Kris Orlowski Slide guitar? Check. Heartfelt lyrics? Check. Fantastic, rugged vocals? Done, done and done. This song struck me the second I heard it on LYFSTYL’s blog, and that’s how music should be. Highly recommended.
All The Money I Had Is Gone – The Deep Dark Woods Lastly, I had to sneak this one in..I mean it’s relatable right? I’m in rent-save-mode so yeah, all the money I have will be gone soon. Ryan Boldt’s husky voice is just so god damn heavy and dripping with emotion, it’s truly hard to deny. The band recently released their new album, “The Place I Left Behind,” on Tuesday, check out the news here and to download the leading single.
I missed this one for a while, but I finally became aware of it yesterday. For Bob Dylan’s birthday this year the Bailey Hounds, an indie folk band from Philadelphia, covered his song “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”. After the first time I listened to it, I listened to it again. I repeated this process about 10 times. After all of the listens I’m convinced that this song is pretty good. I’ll definitely have it playing in my earbuds this weekend as I enjoy my last weekend on the beach for the summer. You might want to try that out, too. Listen below:
Name drop alert, I got turned on to this band because I knew the guitarist from a while back and ran into him over the weekend. He told me about the Bailey Hounds and also Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret in which he is involved. He also put some cool cover songs on Youtube a while back, here’s one of them:
It’s an older one, but it’s an extremely solid song especially for your Sunday.
Meet Peter Kelly who’s the one man show performing under the moniker, Beerjacket. Our ears on this side of the pond may not be so familiar with his alt-folk sound but he’s got a nice following over in the UK.
Check out his bandcamp, he’s even got a free download of his Springsteen cover.