Martyn Dust – “Believe every word”
-This is probably not like the type of Americana you’ve come to expect here recently, but I implore you to stay with the track. You can’t tell from the start, but there will be banjo! Also, the energy of the track feels a bit more like chill rock in some places, but it definitely captures the heart of Americana (especially around the 1:30-2:00 mark). This is one of the most artful Americana styles I’ve heard in a long time. It’s not just old timey music. It reminds me of what I felt when I first heard Bela Fleck. Dashes of progressive bluegrass meet soft rock and folk melodic elements, creating an amalgam I didn’t know I needed, but I most certainly enjoy.
The Morning Yells – “Mercy killin'”
-The official genre of this track is probably bluegrass, but we’re happy to include it here with Americana. Something about the group vocals remind me a bit of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. The forward momentum of the track really keeps the listeners’ toes tapping. The song’s lyrics connect the characters of the song in a shared experience of love with a bit of a morbid twist. Give it a spin and you’ll either smile or feel a bit of shock. I’m over here smilin’ like crazy.
Wise John – “Marry another man”
-I love everything about this song, so I’m putting it on my song of the year candidates list. There’s a beautiful classic soft rock energy to it from the very start. The chromatic chord changes really work on this track. There’s a real heartfelt emotionalism that makes the song both relatable and feel like a true window into the songwriter’s experience. The full production makes it easy to connect with the era of music that inspired the track (I would assume 70s pop rock), but there’s a freshness to the composition that definitely makes it feel modern. If you watch the video you can see that this is REAL music from REAL people being made right now. Despite the throwback flavor, it has a contemporary connection that we love supporting.
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