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Winter Song - Jay Woodward (@LeaveJayAlone)
It seems that the cold weather did not in any way slow down this man. A wonderful new song from Jay Woodward. As if I swallowed a bottle of chillpill. It’s a splash of nostalgia! Perfect for an afternoon tea or hot chocolateby the fireplace with family and friends. Just lovely. Go to his Bandcamp/jaywoodwardfor a download!
[Check out my post about his album entitled Letters We Told.]
Thomas Wesley Stern are best friends from Ocean County, NJ. No, really. It only takes watching them once to see the connection they have to one another, the level of attention they pay to their voices and instruments. Stitching strings plucked and bowed together with voices and horns, Thomas Wesley Stern sings about personal themes: love and despair, death and joy, even the possibility that the past and future may be contained in the present. In a relaxed way, their music speaks on behalf of a time that we believe to be better than this, but suggests that the best is yet to come.
Also like them on on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thomaswesleystern
Music video for ‘Liquid Night’ from my debut album Songs to Sleep On :) … I have uploaded the full album on SoundCloud, so you can feel free to have a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/lucasoconnell/sets/songs-to-sleep-on
About Farewell - Alela Diane
Alela Diane’s album About Farewell is the mirror-image to Josh Ritter’s The Beast in its Tracks - it is sung by the woman who has left. It’s a haunting collection of songs hinging on Diane’s rich voice of fathomless sorrow. Diane’s career has long been about her being Joanna Newsom’s best pal and having a slurred Jolie Holland-esque voice. She’s matured into something quite different, veering more into Sandy Denny or Joni Mitchell territory that the Americana quirk-o-rama of many artists surrounding her. About Farewell realises this beautifully, full of lush touches of 60’s and 70’s folk on gracefully strummed songs reaching dimly into the motivation for leaving. It is, understandably, a conflicted record in that regard. When she sings that ‘the brightest lights cast the longest shadows/ so Honey, I’ve got to let you go’, with those mellotron-like touches blinking around the revelation, it’s full of despair and foreboding, but painfully non-concrete. The rest of the album is similarly searching, impressions of a life together fluttering free on Diane’s voice and all the reasons why curdling and cracking in her throat. It’s a powerful, sustained performance of moody, confessional songwriting.
Kristian Matsson, Tallest Man On Earth.
Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold performs Pearl Jam’s “Corduroy” in honor of Night 2 of Pearl Jam Week.
Bon Iver- Live from Radio City