Heard this preview on Soundcloud and thought it was sweet, so I’ll share it with all of you….
The best thing to come out of Vermont is maple syrup. But Matt Townsend is a damn fine export, too. He’s a singer/songwriter in the style of Bob Dylan (with a better voice). His debut album was crowdfunded, and it’s streaming in full via soundcloud.
Check it out!
Avery County, I’m Bound to You, is the fourth album from singer/songwriter Barton Carroll, who built up a steady North Carolina fanbase when he used to play with Crooked Fingers. I can’t say I’ve heard his stuff before, but I love this record. It’s full of variety, extremely interesting music, and wonderful lyrics.
The bilingual country/folk single “It Had to be a Train” is as catchy as hell, but without relying overmuch on the chorus. Actually, it’s the accordion line that kept running through my head (ahem) like a train. All his songs are like that–like complex pop songs. Where most pop singers sell you on the hook, Carroll uses the hook as an anchor, or a jump-off point, while he drifts purposefully through themes and riffs off of that common ground.
I can’t praise this enough. Check it out.
Ane Brun’s songs often feel like lullabies. They’re simple, sweet, and quiet. And I love her covers. Ane’s new collection of rarities includes It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back), From Me To You (originally by the Beatles), and a whole slew of duets and beautifully intimate originals. Check out the whole album, and here’s her cover of Beyonce’s “Halo:”