With the twang of a guitar, and that trademark voice – the sound of ice cracking as it is engulfed by warmer waters – Dan Michaelson opens his fourth album, Blindspot. From the very beginning of his debut record back in 2009 Michaelson’s voice, always full of such a fragile yearning, has been the centrepiece of every release.
In many ways, the voice will always be Michaelson’s iron lung. It is so unique, and so desperately beautiful that it couldn’t possibly be anything but the focus of his recordings. At the same time, though, so limited is it in terms of variety and versatility that his band the Coastguards are always stuck playing the same old sounds. There was such little development between debut Saltwater and follow-ups Shakes and Sudden Fiction that one could put the three records on shuffle and never be able to determine which track belonged to which.
Perhaps, then, this explains the approach Michaelson has taken to instrumentation on Blindspot. It is, quite frankly, gorgeous. At times sullen, at times simply lonesome, few albums have been this evocative of such a range of emotions and feelings – all of them in some way sad. Even when the music borders on inspirational in a sort of ‘Sigur Ros, but subtle’ way, the general inspiration isn’t a cheerfully manipulative Coldplay-esque ‘we can do anything!’, but rather an only vaguely hopeful ‘maybe, just maybe, we’ll make it through this’.
…Like Clockwork is the forthcoming sixth studio album by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, due for release on June 3, 2013 on Matador Records. Self-produced by the band, it is the first Queens of the Stone Age album to feature full contributions from bassist Michael Shuman and keyboardist and guitarist Dean Fertita, who both joined the band in 2007 to tour in support of its fifth studio album, Era Vulgaris (2007), and recorded its bonus tracks.
For their 4th studio record, Post-Heroic, Surrogate took their newfound self-sufficiency to new levels, moving into a dilapidated studio deep in the heart of their hometown’s college ghetto for two years of writing, recording, drinking cheap beer and taking their sweet ass time. Slimmed down to a four-piece, Post Heroic found all four members taking their turn manning the drum set, but rather than sounding scattered, the resulting 10 songs showcase the band’s penchant for incorporating disparate influences – the straightforward indie pop of “Lovers”, the post-rock ambience of “Accolades” or the bluesy, stripped down burn of “Battle Ground, Washington” – for a focused, multi-faceted sound.
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Renowned blues guitarist Danny Kalb not only has a new album, but it s a double album in which he gets to explore the many sides and facets of the blues. A founding member of Blues Project in 1965 (which also included future Blood Sweat and Tears members Al Kooper and Steve Katz), Kalb is […]
Escondido is a Nashville formed duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Their vibey Spaghetti Western sound has a Southwestern desert sway to it, somewhat reminiscent of the Friends of Dean Martinez, Calexico and parts of Son Volt infused with Ennio Morricone. They create a really alluring vibe for such a young group. The Ghost […]
Bob Dylan’s 35th album, continues to employ blues, country, folk, and ragged rockabilly to carry his songs.Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.The new album, produced by Jack Frost,and follows 2009′s worldwide […]
Three days after the death of legendary musician and producer Jim Dickinson, his son, Luther Dickinson, gathered friends at the family Zebra Ranch studio in Independence, MS, and recorded Onward and Upward, an album of gospel songs, hymns, and blues spirituals, tracking directly to half-inch tape with no overdubs or embellishments, and the result was […]
On Wilderness, The Handsome Family returns with a concept album about wildlife — each song is named for some creature or other — with an emphasis on nature’s capacity for destruction. In “Caterpillars,” a woman is struck by lightning and struggles to escape the unkind vibrations that haunt her. “” tells the story of the […]
When Kasey Chambers sings, she manages the not-unremarkable accomplishment of splitting the difference between Emmylou Harris’s crystalline purity and Lucinda Williams’s rough-hewn emotional honesty, and the most startling thing is you sense she sounded like this before she ever heard of either artist. Chambers’ songwriting is no less remarkable, and connects in much the same […]