Friday, May 18, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Ryley Walker – “Telluride Speed” (Led by the jazz-inflected single, “Telluride Speed”, complete with flute and prog-rock inspired twists and turns; the Chicago guitar virtuoso is set to release his new album, Deafman Glance.  Out today on Dead Oceans, the loose and more-straight-forward album was co-produced by Walker and former Wilco member LeRoy Bach and sees the addition of some post-rock atmospherics and a little more Chicago-inspired electricity to his normally acoustic-based folk-rock sound this time around.)

Buck Meek – “Maybe” (Out today on Austin’s Keeled Scales comes the self-titled debut album from Buck Meek.  After a couple of great EPs, the guitarist - also co-founder of Big Thief – steals the spotlight with his long-awaited solo album that slightly relinquishes his nervy guitar-playing style for a more laid-back folk and classic country approach and surprises with his descriptive narratives.)      

Mason Jennings – “Race You to The Light” (The Minneapolis folk-pop troubadour recently battled some tough personal demons including, anxiety, sobriety and divorce and came out on the other side with his new album, Songs From When We Met.  Out now, the self-released new album showcases a battled-tested and healed Jennings as he sings about life and newfound love with a hard-earned clarity and renewed spirituality.  The album was recorded in a barn studio in Wisconsin with members of The Pines.)

Eureka California – “Mexican Coke” (Now a decade in, the Athens, Ga garage-punk duo of guitarist/vocalist Jake Ward and drummer Marie A. Uhler recently released their new album, Roadrunners, their fourth in six years.  Released via Happy Happy Birthday To Me, the album is a bit more politically-charged and socially conscious, naturally, and was recorded again in the UK with MJ of Hookworms.  It features 14 more instances of their deceptively hooky, early Superchunk-inspired fuzz-punk anthems, including the pop-punk bounce of the standout single heard here.)     


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