I am loving the new folk/country sound that is currently being embraced by so many bands, both old and new. Here’s a taste of some new sounds from some of the artists who are making waves in this Lost Shark’s world.
One More American Song – The Duke and the King
Another slice of brilliance from the super talented Simone Felice. Felice toured as a poet for over a decade and has penned two novels alongside his songwriting credits for The Felice Brothers and now The Duke and the King, and his work as a writer is evident here… this is lyrically superb. This is from their debut album Nothing Gold Can Stay.
The First Days of Spring – Noah and the Whale
Charlie Fink is a man with a broken heart. This fact is not hidden in any way shape or form on the album The First Days of Spring. Fink has also turned his talents to producing a film of the same name. This may well earn a place as one of the great breakup albums of all time… lovelorn and luxurious.
You Can Move Back Here – Richmond Fontaine
This track is from this Oregon quartet’s supremely titled eighth long player, ‘We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River’. Singer/songwriter, Willy Vlautin, is another man with two novels under his belt (Motel Life and Northlines). Vlautin’s literary musings combined with the bands sonic palette have produced some breathtaking songs during their career… can’t wait for this album to hit our shores.
Well in my neck of the woods, the sun is smiling down, the birds are still are singing and there is not a breath of the dreaded August westerley. have been having a ball at The Ekka the last two days… Last night I rode the chairlift for what may be one of the last times in my life, as I hear that it will not feature as part of the new revamped Ekka in 2010. And as my legs dangled over the wild lights of Sideshow Alley, the years stripped off me. The boy (which is never too far from the surface), wide eyed and aching to shove ping-pong balls down the mouth of a clown and ride the ferris wheel. Am already looking forward to heading back for our next poetry show on Sunday… yesterday’s crowd really got into it.
But back to the Saturday sounds I promised… here’s a few songs that are sure to help those weekend eyes open.
The Duke and the King – If You Ever Get Famous
Simone Felice, may be the best songwriter you’ve never heard of. This is the first song from his latest project The Duke and the King (Mark Twain would be proud), who have just released their debut, ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’. He has also written several books, including the revolutionary prose/poetry of Goodbye Amelia, which is well worth checking out.
A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Housle
A Hawk and a Hacksaw take us on a journey through the cobbled streets of Prague. With an orchestra of instruments including oud, accordion, Turkish cumbus and jaw harp, they harness the gypsy melodies and transform them into their own musical story.
Tex Perkins/Kev Carmody – Darkside
These lyrics kick hard and Tex delivers them with force. This was a highlight for me from last weekends ‘Cannot Buy My Soul concert. As Paul Kelly says in this clip… this is a hymn that needs to be heard.