Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez
Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne call New York City home these days, but the pair cut their musical teeth in Georgia—Rogers with new-folk standouts Myssouri and Byrne with eclectic rockers Hot Young Priest. The album Rogers and Byrne have just crafted as a duo, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, should establish the pair as one of the most vital acts in folk music right now.
Recorded in Brooklyn and set for release next Tuesday, Oct. 14 via Important, I Line My Days Along Your Weight is a striking set of sparse, evocative tunes filled with rich instrumentation—"baritone acoustic, tricone resonator, golden-era flat top, space-age lap steel guitar, upright piano and hundred-year-old mandolin," per the press release—that is unassuming even as it devastates.
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez
This week's new finds from the great beyond:
The music of local experimental crew Future Ape Tapes is difficult to categorize but easy to lose your mind to: on the group's new album, Pyramirrormid (from which you can hear some samples here), noise-blasted hip hop beats sit comfortably alongside psychedelic sound collage and damaged electronica.
On Friday, Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the video for "Man With the Eagle Eye," a typically mind-melting track from the new tape, which you can nab at the band's show on the UGA campus Wednesday evening or via Hooker Vision starting Sept. 4.
Local band Juna will release a new album, the follow-up to last year'sHeteroglossia (Flagpole review), on Sept. 27 via Cohosh Records. Titled On Courage, the new album contains six tracks of sprawling, churning gloom-rock.
Drummer Sasha Schilbrack-Cole tells Flagpole the new record was recorded by engineer Ben Wills (Family and Friends, Of the Vine) and mastered by Joel Hatstat. That's the cover art above.
In addition to the band's established influences, the album introduces some exciting new flavors to its already complex post-rock mix. Shades of Laughing Stock-era Talk Talk, for instance, show up in the album's contemplative opener, "On Patience."
Below, watch the video for "On Patience":
If there's a general trend to speak of happening now in Athens music, it's a move towards the raucous, propulsive, atonal guitar music of mid-'90s Dischord, Touch and Go and their ilk. Bands like Pinecones and The Powder Room have done their part to remind us that rock's not dead, man, and now comes yet another no-nonsense local group eager to get your lazy ass back in the pit.
Nashville/West Virginia folk-rock outfit Coyotes in Boxes celebrate the release of their YOWLER EP with a free show Friday at The World Famous, where attendees will also receive a free download of the new release. We asked the band to explain the inspiration behind each song on the EP. Plus, check out an exclusive stream of "Astrid," the record's second track.
We’re proud of the work on our first album, and Curtis and Fox, but for our new, six-song EP, we wanted to capture a more eccentric side of the band. YOWLER represents our move to East Nashville from Huntington, WV nicely—the production is slicker and weirder. The songs were inspired as much by cultural archetypes and our own invented mythology than any particular artists that we’ve been listening to lately. Here’s our track-by-track run down on what gave life to YOWLER.
Here is a new music video for the studio version of "Sleep is Forget," a tune that first surfaced on the excellent live cassette Plays Cosmic Hits.
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