I was shamefully unaware of Adam Arcuragi’s existence (despite the fact that he has three albums under his belt) until last week, when I stumbled upon “The Well”, a beautiful song from his new and aptly titled album, Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It… I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction. Since then, I have gone through his music like wildfire; his Southern folk roots coupled with his passionate and poetic lyricism make for a truly beautiful listen. In “The Well”, Adam’s passionate and aching vocals feel more like desperate, jarring pleas – as if the words burned his throat: “When we ache no more/won’t it be something to see.” If you like soulful lyrics, big rousing choruses and just the right amount of foot-stomping, this album is for you. It’s early February and I’m already certain I’ll be talking about him when I make my “best of 2012″ list. Listen below.
The Britfolk outfit, Mumford & Sons performed a new track at Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5 yesterday called “Ghosts That We Knew” or simply “Ghosts”, depending on which band member you ask. The track is a reflective and emotion-drenched piece, that follows in the same vein as their successful debut album, Sigh No More. The band is prepping for a sophomore album, and these singles (back in July they released “Home“) sure remind us just how much we love them. Stream the track below.
Fans of Scottish indie rockers, Frightened Rabbit, this post is for you. Back in August, while touring the US with Death Cab For Cutie, the band was selling a tour-only EP, aptly titled A Frightened Rabbit EP. Now, they have decided to give it away for free. Go here to grab yourself a copy, and stream below “Fuck This Place” (featuring Camera Obscura), one of the tracks included in the EP.
“Deconstruction” is the latest track by the London-based indie pop outfit, Fanfarlo, taken from their upcoming sophomore album, due out next year. This is the follow-up to their impressive debut album, Reservoir. From the sound of it, Fanfarlo might be switching gears, leaving behind their folk sounds and venturing out towards more electronic sounds. Whatever it is they are doing, it sounds awesome. Listen below.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is an amazingly talented new singer/songwriter, who has been generating all kinds of positive buzz lately. Very recently, he released his debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, which you should definitely check out. For the time being, enjoy this lovely little track of his, “Shine.”
Belle & Sebastian guitarist, Stevie Jackson, has embarked on a solo project, and has just released his first LP, aptly titled (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson – brilliant title. The album also features collaborations with various members of Belle & Sebastian, The New Pornographers and the Pastels. Here’s the very catchy track, “Try Me”, for you to listen. Stream it below.
Lana del Rey has just unveiled a new video for her latest single, “Blue Jeans”, as featured on the B-side of her limited-edition 7” vinyl . The video has the same home-made clip format as “Video Games“, with the same nostalgic and cinematic qualities we have known and loved. No two singles of hers have been the same thus far, constantly showing different sides to her music and bringing something new to the table. “Blue Jeans” builds up beautifully as she sings about an ill-fated romance, showcasing her vocal range, and hitting a gorgeous note by the end of the chorus.
Lana is working on a full-length album, which will come out sometime next year. Taking into account the fantastic singles she’s already released, and that “Blue Jeans” is only worthy of a B-side, I am pretty confident her album will be amazing.
Here is the latest video by Air Review – a Dallas quintet that has been creating all sorts of buzz lately, and deservedly so. “America’s Son” is a beautiful track, and the video that accompanies it is just as haunting. I love it when the visuals manage to perfectly capture the essence of the song, which in turn make you like the track even more; such is the case here. Their new EP, America’s Son, is out now and you should definitely get it. Watch and listen below.