Yardwork – Brotherer

November 21, 2012

Yardwork are a band from North Carolina that I’ve never seen get any attention. To my increasing delight, they seem to be pretty active lately. Describing their sound can be a little difficult. First and foremost, I suppose they’re a folk band. Yet, at the same time, they seem to appeal to twinkly emo fans equally well. They’ve got a huge sound and the music captures much of the energy of punk and hardcore without being abrasive or agressive in the slightest. I know, it sounds like a pretty forced combination on paper, but I’ll bet that just 30 seconds of this album is all it takes for you to feel it. This is a great band with a unique sound and they should be way bigger than they are.

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Saintseneca – Last

April 12, 2012

Saintseneca is an acoustic band from Ohio. You may recognize them from the 2011 Topshelf Records sampler. This album is bursting at the seams with grassroots folk that is somehow both raw and lush. The vocals are heavily indebted to Neutral Milk Hotel, but far from a cheap rip-off. The only percussion on the album is provided by stomps and clamps, which complements the music perfectly. This paragraph won’t do this album justice, and writing this group off as just another folk band would be a great mistake. Try something different, check it out.

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More Cattle Drums

February 24, 2011

I have watched this video at least 5 times today. The song hooked me almost instantly and hasn’t let go yet.

Tiny Engines is releasing Cattle Drum’s amazing debut The Boy Kisser Sessions with 3 extra songs. You can buy all the songs on itunes, or for only $4 on Tiny Engine’s bandcamp page. The 3 new songs, like the rest of the release, are really awesome. This band can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned. The band says that they will be recording a full-length this summer. I’m stoked.

Click here to stream and/or buy the entire release.

Old Canes is the solo project of The Appleseed Cast’s frontman Chris Crisci. This album came out in 2004, but I just heard it for the first time last week. If you are familiar with Appleseed Cast’s sound and song writing, you will probably see the similarities immediately. Crisci, it seems, decided to take the atmospheres and effects of TAC and replace them with strummed guitars, banjos, harmonicas, toy pianos, xylophones, trumpets, and the like. In short, Early Morning Hymns is the perfect soundtrack to driving in Montana forests or waking up in the woods to a bright morning.

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