Five Things We Liked This Week – 30/09/2016

Further Listening: Tasseomancy, Vomitface, Matt Maltese, Eric Reid (A Prince), LIANA, Immersion, Bonfire Nights, RF Shannon, Weyes Blood, I Like Trains, Honeyblood, Itasca, John Southworth, Hooton Tennis Club, Anna von Hausswolff, Lazy Day, Simeon Walker, The Wytches, Few Bits, Team PictureThe Beat Escape, Still ParadeI Have A Tribe,  TacocatCC Dust, Evripidis and his Tragedies, Many Voices Speak and Simon Armitage’s fascinating musical project LYR (Land Yacht Regatta).

5. You’ll See Jess Williamson In Your Dreams

The latest excellent songwriter to come out of Texas, Jess Williamson is set to release her debut album, Heart Song, at the start of November. This week, fresh from touring Europe with Kevin Morby, Jess has shared the latest cut from it, the sublime single, See You In A Dream.

See You In A Dream is Jess’ attempt to write something simultaneously sad, without slipping into the cliched realm of minor chords. The track is built around the gentle tick of drums, Jess’ pained Caitilin Rose meets early Angel Olsen vocal, and the sort of beautifully twangy guitar line Roy Orbison would be proud of; and if you don’t think that sounds fabulous you’re probably reading the wrong site. Lyrically it’s a classic country ballad, a tale of someone long gone from your life who still weaves their way into your dreams. This single serves as timely reminder of just how good Jess’ upcoming album could be.

Heart Song is out November 4th via Brutal Honest. 

4. Gabriella Cohen Heads Downtown

One listen into Gabriella Cohen’s wonderful new single, Downtown, and we couldn’t help but wonder what’s with all these Australians making fabulous Americana records? That Gabriella Cohen is heading out on a tour of her home country with Julia Jacklin should come as a surprise to nobody, because this pair of Antipodean’s are singing the heartbroken blues, like a pair of Nashville starlets in the 1960’s.

Pitched somewhere between the hazy-60’s influenced Americana-soul of Cass McCombs and the lilting dream pop of Mazzy Star, Downtown is the latest track to be lifted from Gabriella’s debut album, Full Closure and No Details, which is getting a UK release in December, to coincide with her first European dates. If it’s all as good as this track, it’s not to be missed.

Full Closure and No Details is out in the UK on December 2nd. Click HERE for all of Gabriella’s upcoming tour dates.

3. A Bad Mistake Causes Trouble With Templeton

Also of an Autralian persuasion, this week saw the return of Bella Union signed quartet, Trouble With Templeton, a band we’ve covered previously but we must admit we’d kind of forgotten existed. Thankfully new single, Bad Mistake, serves as a timely reminder of the bands songwriting prowess.

It has been two years since the band released their last album, Rookie, and since then according to frontman Thomas Calder, the band have been busy “breaking down and re-assembling what it means to make music for us”. If Bad Mistake is anything to go by, it’s time well spent, recalling the dreamy-melodies of Grandaddy and the laid-back scuzz of Pavement, it’s not just a triumphant return but the bands best track to date.

Someday, Buddy is out December 2nd via Bella Union.

2. The Wharves Strike Gold

Hoorays and about time-toos all round – everyone’s favourite Anglo-Franco-Irish, psych-folk meets 60’s girl-group, trio The Wharves have this week (finally) announced details of their new record Electa.  The band had previously teased the follow up to their stunning 2014 debut, At Bay, with a stand alone single Naz, little did we know it’d be nearly a year before we heard anything else!

Celebrating this much anticipated announcement, the band have also shared a brand new single, The Strike. It’s in many ways a classic The Wharves track; stunning three-part vocal harmonies, prominent pulsating bass lines, intricate, meandering guitar lines, and the complex clatter of thunderous drum beats. It is a stunning return, and one that if anything only makes us more impatient to get our ears around Electa (if that is possible).

Electa is out November 4th via Gringo Records. Click HERE for all upcoming shows from The Wharves.

1. Magana Gets It Right

Next month will see the release of Golden Tongue, the debut album by Brooklyn (via Massachusetts and California) songwriter Mangana, or Jeni Mangana if you’re a fan of first names. Ahead of that release, via the ever excellent Audio Antihero, she has shared her new single, Get It Right.

Built around a solid pounding drumbeat, and muted guitar strums, Get It Right is a fine example of the sheer quality of Jeni’s vocal. There’s a touch of the raw emotion of Torres, but also the smoky feel present in Margaret Glaspy, or Cat Power, mainly though Jeni’s voice is entirely her own, and it’s a magnificent instrument. A stunning introduction to the music of Mangana, now roll on that album.

Golden Tongue is out October 28th via Audio Antihero.

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