This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
Jacob Faurholt – ‘Go’
Lo-fi fuzzy noise pop that seems to be equally inspired by Husker Du and C86? Yes, please. Jacob Faurholt hails from Denmark and crafts the kind of charming but raw pop music that is imbued with an easy melancholia that is cathartic and catchy. This new track ‘Go’ was written for his daughter before she was born and deftly captures the fear and anticipation that comes with becoming a father. His new album A Lake of Distortion is out on October 20th via Raw Onion Records. Comprising of fragile folk and lo-fi fuzzy pop songs, it promises to be another gem from the prolific songwriter.
Burning Bones – ‘Burning Bones’ EP
So usually we just share individual songs on this weekly list, but this EP of warm and beautiful post rock from Burning Bones warranted it’s complete conclusion. Clocking in at 11 minutes, the EP is a nuanced and heartfelt affair that doesn’t waste time before getting down to business. A wonderful introduction, it sees Burning Bones setting out to emulate pioneers such as Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai. However, the deft arrangements and delicate touch suggest that this is just the start of something truly remarkable. A truly gorgeous and cathartic listen.
Dharma Dogs – ‘Billboard Blues’
One can always rely on New Zealand based label Muzai Records to bring something familiar but fresh. Their stock in trade is raw and emotionally up front music, and Dharma Dogs are no exception. Mining a lo-fi and raw post punk sound, the group are a noisy but catchy group of individuals who sound like they’re playing post punk covers of garage rock songs in the back of a warehouse. On ‘Billboard Blues’ proceedings certainly take a turn for the frantic as the song explodes from its mid tempo churn to a cacophony of a climax. Bring us more Muzai. Bring us more.
Henry Jamison – ‘The Last Time I Saw Adrienne’
I’m no fan of silly over emoting. That’s one reason I really enjoy this new track from folk singer / songwriter Henry Jamison. Restraint is the theme here. The focus is placed on the gentle ambient backdrop, the tender finger picked guitar, and the lyrics which are just dripping with individuality and personality. No lyrical cliches to be found here. Thank God. Jamison’s debut album The Wilds is out on November 3rd via Akira Records. It will be my late night listening for sure. Maybe with a tumbler of whiskey.
Wholewheat – ‘Seven Shades’
I’m not sure what exactly draws me to the simple and lo-fi folk of Brian Austin (aka Wholewheat). I just believe him. He’s got one of those voices you just believe. He’s not technically excellent or anything, he’s just dripping in honesty and authenticity. Like Neil Young or Bob Dylan. His songs are straightforward and brutally honest in a kind of Mark Kozelek kind of manner. Perhaps a little less ornery and curmudgeonly though. Magic.