How is this free?? A tight collection of singer/songwriter originals, played masterfully with just a guitar and drums. Simple bluesy country, music the way it ought to be. Damn fine stuff.
I love Americana, and I love indie rock that has a slightly country bent. This has been true ever since I heard The Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls” album. Blackheart Honeymoon are in the Americana tradition, with melodic songs about heartbreak and “real life,” a little bit of twang and piano, real drums, and a lyric about a Mason jar. I especially like how they rotate vocal duties—it really helps the sound stay fresh. What a delicious album!
What a wonderful album! I heard this playing at my local coffee shop and immediately had to get a copy. Australia’s Fanny Lumsden deserves a spot on the shelf alongside all the indie Americana songstresses–Brandi Carlyle, Caitlin Rose, Lydia Loveless…All of them. The songs are honest, incredibly well-written stories about life in a small town, love, and hearbreak.
Don’t miss this one!
Let’s go ahead and call 2015 the year of Cassandra Jenkins. I found her by way of a cover of one of the saddest songs of all time, Cat Stevens’ Wild World:
Not only does she do a great job with it, but she actually makes it SADDER. I don’t know how that was possible. Anyway, that got me to search her out, and I found her EP…And wow. It may seem slow and uneventful, but listen closer. “The Bird” is a gentle song, but it’s haunting. Compare it to “Birthday Song,” which is actually a waltz—a heartbreaking, country-tinged waltz about well-wishers on someone’s special day. Why is it so slow, so dreamlike? I don’t know. But it doesn’t feel like it’s a “happy” birthday. It’s a song that made me think. And don’t miss the Americana psychedelia or Motorcycle Mary, either. Of all the tunes on this EP, it stuck to me the most.
This will probably make my end-of-the-year best of list. Check it out.
As always, it’s free. The new compilation from Americana analog label Mason Jar Music. Standout tracks: Cassandra Jenkins’ “Spirit,” which is inspiring me to go buy her album; LA Freeway by Roseann Cash (I thought I’d already heard the definitive version when I heard Bill Hearne’s version, but this one is even better); and Cory Chisel doing Bring it on Home to Me.
But seriously, this Cassandra Jenkins gal is fantastic. Find more of her music here–including the cover of Wild Word that I embedded below.