Five Things We Liked This Week – 01/09/2017

Further Listening: Hero Fisher, Baxter DuryLow ChimesBeckHiss Golden Messenger (Part 1), Hiss Golden Messenger (Part 2), Jessica Lee MayfieldSweet Baboo, David Ramirez, People Like You, The National, Alex LaheyCharly Bliss, Dori Freeman, Amy OHusky LoopsKelsey Kerrigan, Beaches, Weird Owl, James Wyatt Crosby, KA-TYABorn Again Virgins, Allelujah, Pink Elephant, Alexa Rose, Ramonda Hammer, Kat Myers & The Buzzard and the welcome return of Nervous Twitch.

5. Hurray For The Riff Raff Hit The City

Earlier this year Hurray For The Riff Raff released The Navigator, an album crafted around the tale of the central protagonist, Navita, a street-kid trying to find her place in the world, and discover her own unique identity. It is a stunning record, undoubtedly one of the year’s finest records, this week HFTRR have shared the video to the latest single lifted from it, Living In The City.

The video seeks to represent the New York City that band leader Alynda Segarra grew up in; a world where women struggle to be heard. As Alynda explains the video showcases, “women taking over public space and making room for ourselves in a society where we are so often threatened into hiding’. As ever HFTRR’s powerful messages are conveyed through wonderful music; here an upbeat shuffling country number, all twanging lead-guitar and steady percussive acoustic guitars. You shouldn’t need telling any more times, just go and listen to Hurray For The Riff Raff, quite possibly modern music’s most important voice.

The Navigator is out now via ATO Records. Click HERE for more information on Hurray For The Riff Raff, including UK tour dates.

4. A. Savage Tames The Wild Horses

A. Savage is best known as a member of New York noise-makers Parquet Courts, a band who are in their own right an eclectic beast, but on his new single, Wild, Wild, Wild Horses, A. Savage has quietly unveiled yet another string to his bow.

Wild, Wild, Wild Horses is the latest offering from A’s upcoming album, Thawing Dawn, which is due out next month. The track is an atmospheric slice of Talk Talk-influenced gloom-laden indie; his Bill Callahan-like baritone accompanied by walls of distant guitar feedback, and the slowly meandering buzz of organs. Lyrically, it is a tale of discovering a love that’s verging on obsession, as he notes, “listen to me closely hear my words and feel something, I don’t see you as much as I need to and I need to know what that means”. It’s an intriguing new chapter in the A. Savage back catalogue, and one that might yet prove to be his most intriguing work yet.

Thawing Dawn is out October 13th via Dull Tools. Click HERE for more information on A. Savage.

3. Whispertown Are In Free Fall

Whispertown is the latest interpretation of the songwriting of Morgan Meyn Nagler. Having previously released music as The Whispertown 2000, the latest iteration of the band is an all together freer collective; Morgan joined by a rotating cast of musicians, who ably accompany her unmistakable vocals. Today see’s the release of Whispertown’s latest album, I’m A Man, and ahead of it they’ve shared a new single, Freefaller.

Freefaller builds around a steady pulse of acoustic guitar chords and tambourine, before a fuzzy lead-guitar weaves into earshot, as layer upon layer of Morgan’s vocals enter to create a trippy, 1970’s free-folk feel. With the world increasingly looking in desperate need of another summer of love, Whispertown might just have written the perfect soundtrack.

I’m A Man is out today via Graveface Records. Click HERE for more information on Whispertown.

2. Tugboat Captain Feature No Artificial Ingredients

Tugboat Captain are a London-based six-piece, specialising in what they describe as, “sad lo-fi songs”. The band have this week launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the mastering and pressing of their new record, and to celebrate have shared their new single, Artificially.

Artificially is a beautifully laid-back sway of a song, all twinkling Casio-keyboards, warm, heavily-effected jangling guitars and Honeyglaze’s easy vocal coos. The wistfulness of the music is matched in the lyrical content, it touches on a failure to maintain a meaningful connection and there’s a definite sense of resignation as she sings, “love is a construct that’s built on devotion, clearly you’re not that devoted to me”. Heartfelt, quietly complex and lo-fi in the best way, we can’t wait to hear the Tugboat Captain album, so if you could all go and help them fund it that would be great.

Tugboat Captain are currently funding their second album via KickStarter, click HERE for more information.

1. The Carpenter’s Daughter Lends A Hand

If the name Hand Habits isn’t already familiar to you, perhaps Meg Duffy is. Regularly found touring with Mega Bog, or probably most famously with Kevin Morby, Meg has a well-earned reputation as a stunningly good guitarist. In her own right though, Meg has been crafting her own music under the moniker Hand Habits, and this week has shared her latest offering, Carpenter’s Daughter.

Coming out as a 7” via Saddle Creek, Carpenter’s Daughter is the flip-side to recent single yr heart. Carpenter’s Daughter is a long way removed from Meg’s other musical projects, here she relies on layered vocal, minimal percussive backing and layers of warm, country-tinged guitar licks. The vocals are hugely impressive, the gentle bassy lead, accompanied by soaring ethereal backing, while the instrumental break down half-way is a perfect showcase for that understated but none the less stunning guitar work. Expansive, intriguing and entirely her own sound, Hand Habits is the sound of an artist stepping into the lime light, one Meg Duffy thoroughly deserves.

yr heart is out now via Saddle Creek. Click HERE for more information on Hand Habits.

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