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.

Download.

Bandcamp.

Buy it on vinyl.

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.

Buy.

Download.