The Avett Brothers – Bring Your Love To Me

The Avett Brothers (From left to right) Scott Avett, Joe Kwon, Bob Crawford, Seth Avett

Once again, The Avett Brothers do not fail to impress. The new album, Magpie and the Dandelion, is full of their classic sound, yet new melodies, harmonies, beats and ideas are prevalent throughout.

I’ve especially been enjoying Bring Your Love To Me. Seth Avett’s smooth, yet raw vocals will give you tingles. Especially the falsetto. The first verse was very relevant for me being that I’m a new dad:

Bring your love to me
I will hold it like a newborn child
One of my own blood
And I might just even sing a song
to keep it calm

The simple, yet unique guitar and banjo parts, accented by the piano, bass and cello will stir your heart. The drums entering at the end of the third verse have the same effect along with the rise in Seth’s vocals. Then comes the walk-up in the tag on the end of the chorus, instruments harmonizing with the vocals and one other, falling in unison. Love it.

I think this quote from the band’s website really sums up their style and why they have such a loyal fan base:

“The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.”
– See more at: http://www.theavettbrothers.com/band/#sthash.rzPXaUAp.dpuf

Listen to Bring Your Love To Me on Spotify and check out the whole album!

Bring your love to me
I will hold it like a newborn child
One of my own blood
And I might just even sing a song
to keep it calm

If you’re wondering, am I capable
God knows I am
And if it’s meant to be
I will go alone, God knows I can
Just not as well, and besides what kind of fun is there
to be had with no one else?

And I can only stand here still
And I can only hope you will
keep me in focus long enough to tell
I’m trying to help (that’s all)

Bring your love to me
I will hold it like a dandelion
One I want to save, one I want to keep
from the breeze that follows me and no one else

I can only stand here still
And I can only hope you will
keep me in focus long enough to tell
I’m trying to help

The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem is a trio (now duo) from Providence, Rhode Island consisting of Ben Miller (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, drum kit, pump organ, trumpet, E flat horn, and rack harp), Jeffrey Prystowsky (bass, drum kit, vocals, pump organ, and acoustic guitar) and Jocie Adams (clarinet, vocals, pump organ, drum kit, electric guitar, and bass.) Jocie Adams has since moved on to pursue a solo career, but the music I’m highlighting here features her.

The band shared on their site they are working on a new album, but I’m not sure of a release date.

The first I heard of The Low Anthem was their collaboration with The Chieftains latest album, Voice of Ages. I have been delving into their previous releases (latest was 2010) and I am beginning to see how they fit into my favorite type of music (Americana, Folk, etc.)

Sometimes their sound reminds me of early Bob Dylan on songs like Apothecary Love. Other times Ben Miller’s vocals remind me of Glen Hansard; like on School Days Are Over – their song with The Chieftains (below.) Enjoy!

Frankie Lee – Ophelia

Frankie Lee

Local Minneapolis artist, Frankie Lee, will be performing tonight at The Ice House if you’re looking for a good show!

I heard Lee’s song Country recently on The Current and his simple, Americana Folk style caught my attention immediately. His album Middle West came out today and I feel this quote from his site provides a window into the record:

“YOU’RE INVITED TO RIDE ALONG THROUGH MIDDLE WEST ON A DREAM 
BED OF FOLK AND AMERICANA SOUNDS .  I FOUND THESE SONGS ON 
THE ROAD GOIN WEST TO CALIFORNIA.  WHEN I CAME BACK TO MINNESOTA
I MET A BUNCH OF CHARACTERS WHO HELPED ME PUT DOWN WHAT I’D 
BEEN HEARING IN MY HEAD.

WE RECORDED THESE SONGS LIVE (LOOKING AT EACH OTHER) IN A WAREHOUSE
 WITH A BUNCH OF REALLY WARM SWEATERS ON.  IT ONLY TOOK 2 NIGHTS 
TO MAKE AND 1 YEAR TO PUT IT OUT.  THE PEOPLE ARE RIGHT…
THE INTERNET IS GONNA SAVE MUSIC. HALLELUJAH!”

There isn’t much information about Frankie that I could find, but hopefully we’ll be hearing more about him now that his album has been released. At times, he reminds me of Ryan Adams, sometimes My Morning Jacket/Jim James, and at other times Bob Dylan.

The song below was recorded with the Real-Phonic Band and portrays a little bit bluesier side of Lee’s music.

For a very traditional country sound, you can also check out another local band, The Cactus Blossoms, at this show. Their music is reminiscent of Hank Williams and other patriarchs of the country and honky tonk genres. Especially the brothers’ honeyed harmonies, the twangy lap steel, lively fiddle and two beat rhythm.

Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple

Mount Moriah

We’ve highlighted North Carloina based band, Mount Moriah, before on The Passerby and I’d like to share their new album, Miracle Temple, with you.

You can stream the whole album for a limited time here.

I would categorize the album as Americana, Alt-Country, or Country Rock. At times the album is more upbeat and feels like 50’s rock and at other times the drum beat is slow and steady and the guitar and pedal steel give it that twang, which I love.

I think I Built A Town is my favorite track so far. This song has a Patti Griffin or Lucinda Williams feel to it – The kind of song you might expect to hear when you’re sitting down for a late night coffee and a slice of pie at a diner in the middle of nowhere USA. Listen to a couple songs, or the whole album (it’s worth it!) and post your comments below.

It doesn’t appear they’ll be coming to Minnesota anytime soon – but if you want to skip work Monday you could head down to Chicago and catch their show at Schuba’s!

Wake Owl – Gold

Alright readers, it’s been awhile, but I am back and excited to introduce you to Wake Owl, Vancouver’s most recent gift to the music world. Vaguely reminiscent of Great Lake Swimmers (another great Canadian band you need to check out), but more melodic, their songs are the musical incarnations of birch trees and large bodies of fresh water (if that isn’t a good review, I don’t know what is). If after listening, you feel an overwhelming desire to pick up and move to the Northwoods, don’t blame me and remember that this is a normal reaction. Once again, dear readers, I have failed you when it comes to the possibility of seeing this band live. They played at the 7th Street Entry ten days ago and I missed it and you probably missed it (if you didn’t let me know how it was) and their return to Minneapolis, the city of great music, is yet unscheduled. Next time I promise to introduce you to a band that you will actually have the opportunity to see.

However, thanks to the miracle of audio and video recording, you don’t have to see them live to hear their music! You don’t even need to rely the the good taste of a radio station (because you’d be waiting forever on that). You can sit right where you are, on your bear skin rug next to that raging fire on your hearth with a bottle of home brewed mead, flip open your laptop or smartphone and be inundated with the wilderness music of Wake Owl (unless you in Appalachia, because I swear they don’t even have 3G their, but then if you are in Appalachia you probably don’t need me to bring you great music.) So, here is Gold (as in the color of your honey mead), a track off Wake Owl’s recently released debut EP Wild Country (Jan 29, 2013). It is a little bit more mellow than the other four tracks they have released, but this way it will only add to the reverie caused by the gently falling snow outside your hunting cabin in the forest. Enjoy and let us know what you think.

Lyrics:

So, didn’t you find love or salvation in what they do,
a heart is built of gold, they fairies they are too, its in the hands you hold,
how long can we ignore, we build a little more, and then we break our truth

oooooo

I don’t feel like I’m falling, I’m up against the sky,
I said I’d taken it all in to make the good life,
I don’t feel like I’m falling, I’m up against the sky,
let’s grab the heart of the world and turn into the light

But I cannot turn around, the angels hear me now, go where i’m bound,
you smile like you know the new world has been found

oooooo

I don’t feel like I’m falling, I’m up against the sky,
I said I’d taken it all in to make the good life,
I don’t feel like I’m falling, I’m up against the sky,
let’s grab the heart of the world and turn into the light
I don’t feel like I’m falling, I’m up against the sky,
let’s grab the heart of the world and turn into the light

Ben Kyle – The Dark

Ben Kyle

Ben Kyle’s birthplace of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to me, explains his immense talent. The city is also the birthplace of Van Morrison, C.S. Lewis, and Amy Carmichael, to name a few extraordinary individuals. But what’s even more amazing to us proud Minnesotans is that Kyle has lived here in Minneapolis since the age of 13. His band, Romantica, is currently on a hiatus as Kyle and some of the other members pursue different projects.

Kyle’s sound reminded me a bit of Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown when I first heard him, but this song, The Dark, in particular really had a Ryan Adams feel to it. It came as no surprise, then, when I discovered that Ben Kyle has not only collaborated with Ryan Adams, but Adams sang backing vocals with Kyle on The Dark on tour. (You can download this live performance free on NoiseTrade)

I have to say this is really my favorite type of music. Americana (Or Irish-Americana in this case), alt-country, folk-rock; whatever you want to call it is such a soothing, beautiful and sometimes sad style of music. I attribute much of this to the chilling harmonies and the unique sound of the pedal steel; which is one of my favorite instruments and is very prevalent in Ben Kyle’s music.

I don’t wanna go out tonight, if you’re staying at home
I don’t wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

The air is getting heavy, I feel like a rolling stone
Weighing me down like the memory of a Minnesota winter when I’m far from home
The dark is getting deeper, I feel so far from home
Pulling me in like the memory of the feeling of the fear of being all alone

I don’t wanna go out tonight, if you’re staying at home
I don’t wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

The rain is getting heavy, falling like a waterfall
Filling my shoes with the memories of me and you in Belfast in the fall
The rain is beating harder, here comes a cannonball
Flooding my veins, but the feeling is the same, being without you after all

I don’t wanna go out tonight, if you’re staying at home
I don’t wanna go out in the dark of the night and leave you alone

If I gotta be alone tonight, I’ll be praying for the morning light
I don’t wanna be a moon in the sky where the sun don’t shine
And the rain ain’t nothing but the tears we cry tonight

Nothing Else Matters by Lissie (Metallica Cover)

I’m guessing most Metallica fans wouldn’t like this cover, but I really like that Lissie draws from the softer pieces of this song but keeps some of the rock feel to it. Her guitarist does an amazing job and I love the harmonies on this. Obviously the credit for the lyrics and composition of the song go to James Hetfield, but nevertheless, I really like this version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFQvdrOW29w

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trust in who we are
And nothing else matters
Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters
Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know
Never cared for what they say
Never cared for games they play
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know

Thrasher by Neil Young

Listen to this song. Keepin’ it short and sweet today.

They were hiding behind hay bales,
They were planting in the full moon
They had given all they had for something new
But the light of day was on them,
They could see the thrashers coming
And the water shone like diamonds in the dew.

And I was just getting up, hit the road before it’s light
Trying to catch an hour on the sun
When I saw those thrashers rolling by,
Looking more than two lanes wide
I was feelin’ like my day had just begun.

Where the eagle glides ascending
There’s an ancient river bending
Down the timeless gorge of changes
Where sleeplessness awaits
I searched out my companions,
Who were lost in crystal canyons
When the aimless blade of science
Slashed the pearly gates.

It was then I knew I’d had enough,
Burned my credit card for fuel
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth
And my suitcase in my hand
How I lost my friends I still don’t understand.

They had the best selection,
They were poisoned with protection
There was nothing that they needed,
Nothing left to find
They were lost in rock formations
Or became park bench mutations
On the sidewalks and in the stations
They were waiting, waiting.

So I got bored and left them there,
They were just deadweight to me
Better down the road without that load
Brings back the time when I was eight or nine
I was watchin’ my mama’s T.V.,
It was that great Grand Canyon rescue episode.

Where the vulture glides descending
On an asphalt highway bending
Thru libraries and museums, galaxies and stars
Down the windy halls of friendship
To the rose clipped by the bullwhip
The motel of lost companions
Waits with heated pool and bar.

But me I’m not stopping there,
Got my own row left to hoe
Just another line in the field of time
When the thrashers comes, I’ll be stuck in the sun
Like the dinosaurs in shrines
But I’ll know the time has come
To give what’s mine.