I want to write something profound, but my creativity juices have not been flowing as much as they. Perhaps it is because I’ve been getting more sleep and taking a bit more care of myself…which means fewer late restless nights.
I love Fall. It is my favorite season. Las Vegas does not have much of a Fall, but that does not mean I cannot celebrate. I don’t really have “Fall” music, unless it is Halloween music or bands like Oingo Boingo and Bauhaus (WHO ARE BACK TOGETHER), but as I finished school late in the summer, I have been listening to more music. I am also taking a break from drinking this month, so music will be a pretty big stress reliever and constant companion.
For this post I will highlight a couple artists I am really enjoying.
Josh Ritter is an Americana singer songwriter from Idaho, though listening to his newest record, Fever Breaks (which is produced by Jason Isbell), you would swear he was from the Southern US. This year he has had two significant releases for me. The first is his newest album and the second was his cover of “Old Old Fashioned” on Tiny Changes the record celebrating the 10th anniversary of Frightened Rabbit’s Midnight Organ Fight. I love the original by the Frabbits, but his cover is one of my current favorite songs.
Ritter’s Fever Breaks is a very political record. My favorite of those songs is “All Some Kind of Dream” where he comments on the current state of affairs in the US.
“I saw my country in the hungry eyes
Of a million refugees
Between the rocks and the rising tide
As they were tossed across the sea
There was a time when we were them
Just as now they all are we
Was there an hour when we took them in?
Or was it all some kind of dream?”
Oddly enough, the band I listen to the most in the last two years has only received one post here. Penny and Sparrow are folk/American duo with Texas & Alabama roots. They have a religious tone that flows through their songs without being overt, which is probably one of my favorite things about them. Their lyrics are always heartfelt, and often full of sadness. Their newest record Finch is probably their least sad and contains one of my favorite love songs of all time “Don’t wanna be without ya”. The video is also incredible as it includes scenes from some of the best Romantic Comedies of all time.
On a different note, their record Let a Lover Drown You from 2016 is full of heartache. They are pretty active both touring and recording as they’ve released 3 records since 2016. I am excited as I get to see them later this year. Here is “Gold”.
Tow’rs is an indie folk family band from Flagstaff, AZ. Like Penny & Sparrow they have songs that have a very spiritual tone running through them. They just released an incredible album New Nostalgia which shows how the band has matured over the years, but their sound is still pretty unmistakable. One of my favorites off of the new record is “Pink Confetti”.
It is tough to pick a favorite song from Tow’rs, but this version of “Girl in Calico” from Grey Fidelity may be my favorite.
As the season progresses, I am sure I will find some more artists to enjoy!