Friday, April 20, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Joshua Hedley – “ I Never (Shed A Tear)” (The retro-minded Nashville singer-songwriter is set to release his debut album, Mr. Jukebox, today on Third Man Records.  After playing “second fiddle” as an in-demand fiddle player, Hedley now snags the spotlight with his smooth classic country croon and impeccable songwriting.  He delivers nine timeless country & western originals complimented by cinematic strings and choral-like background vocals, as well as a cover of “When You Wish Upon A Star”, resulting in a more than promising debut album.)   

Lume – “Loss Leader” (Themes of death and loss penetrate the Chicago-based post-hardcore trio’s new album, Wrung Out, out now on their new label, Equal Vision Records.  Musically, a sense of dread is marked by their bottom-heavy grooves and noisy outbursts but hopeful catharsis is found in the alternately atmospheric melodies; as heard on the standout single here.  Additionally, Johnny Dang of o’Brother and Spencer Ussery of Big Jesus collaborate on several tracks.)

Hyways – “The Line” (The Seattle country music cosmonauts - led by singer-songwriter Mike Giacolino and featuring members of Son Volt, Sera Cahoone and Rose Windows – will release their self-titled debut album on Record Store Day via Union Zero.  Space-bound psychedelia and country-leaning folk is blended with rootsy indie rock and elements of prog-rock for an out of this world debut. )   

A Perfect Circle – “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish” (After a lengthy fourteen-year hiatus the art-rock band led by mastermind Billy Howerdel and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan returns today with their epic, long-awaited fourth album, Eat the Elephant, via BMG.  Keenan’s striking political/societal lyrical content is set to Howerdel’s most moving and ambitious yet accessible album yet.  Check out the propulsive and soaring standout single here and be sure to catch both A Perfect Circle and Tool at this year’s Rock On The Range festival.)     

Young Valley – “Burnt Out” (The Jackson, MS based alt-country trio - consisting of brothers Zach and Dylan Lovett and Spencer Thomas - is set to release their stunning self-titled sophomore album today via Dial Back Sound, the new label imprint ran by Matt Patton of Drive-By Truckers and The Dexateens and engineer/producer Bronson Tew.  Armed with three capable songwriters and a sound that effortlessly blends rootsy folk, traditional country and southern rock, Young Valley is in position for a lengthy and lauded career if they keep this up.)  


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