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!

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

Winter In My Heart by The Avett Brothers

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from The Passerby Blog, but I decided it’s about time to get back to it. I know my faithful readership has been dying for these posts to recommence. Right? Anyone?

I am amazed at the way The Avett Brothers are able to describe thoughts and feelings in their music which the average person can relate to, but may have otherwise had trouble articulating. And that seems to be the mission of folk and country singers, going back many many years, to reach into the common man and tug on his heart strings.

The Avett Brothers 2012 album, The Carpenter, is no exception to this. Particularly the song, Winter In My Heart. The imagery of the song is vivid. The melody is simple, yet beautiful and the strings accompanying them (I believe there is violin and lap steel) compliment the somber tone of the song perfectly. I’m excited to listen to this album more and delve into the tasty goodness within. Share your thoughts here if you’ve listened to the album!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjSqa2RpRzw

It must be winter in my heart
There’s nothing warm in there, at all
I miss the Summer and the Spring
The floating, yellow leaves of Fall

A million colors fill my eyes
The Roman candles and the stars
Calendar says July 4th
But it’s still winter in my heart

They say flowers bloom in Spring
Red and Golden, Blue and Pink
They say seasons turn in time
Theirs our changing, why won’t mine?

It must be winter in my heart
There’s nothing warm in there at all
I miss the Summer and Spring
The floating, yellow leaves of Fall

The air in there is frigid cold
I don’t know what the reasons are
The calendar says August 1
But it’s still winter in my heart

They say flowers bloom in Spring
Red and Golden, Blue and Pink
They say seasons turn in time
Theirs our changing, why won’t mine?

It must be winter in my heart
I don’t know what the reasons are
It must be winter in my heart
I don’t know what the reasons are
It must be winter in my heart

P.S. Has anyone else noticed that much of the great music lately has come out of North Carolina?