When the weather gets colder I start to crave certain things… foods like soups and chili’s, hooded sweatshirts, hot chocolate and mellow and melancholy filled music. On my recent hunt for the warm the soul music, I’ve stumbled on to a few songs which when not cloudy outside, would sound just as good, but would illicit different feelings.
First up, from Canada, Indie Folk outfit Cuff the Duke and their song “Count on Me”.
British singer Luke Sital-Singh has a sound much more mature than his age suggests. Here is “Nothing Stays the Same”.
Not as new as the other two, but folk vets the Wood Brothers sing one of my more favorite melancholy songs, “Luckiest Man”.
Finally, a band that @Begt introduced me to, Swear and Shake with “Brother” from their forthcoming full-length album.
Remember that I told you about Swear and Shake not too long ago? If you don’t, just go back a couple of entries on the blog.
Their new single “Brother” was released two weeks ago and it’s pretty awesome. New album later this year? I hope so!
“Brother” is also available on Spotify, for your playlist-making pleasure.
Back in early February, I went to a G. Love & Special Sauce show at George’s here in Fayetteville. I was running late and was only able to catch the last song of the opening band, Swear And Shake. That one song alone made me regret not making it to the show in time to catch their whole set, so I looked them up. As I suspected, their music is sweet.
Swear And Shake is a New York-based indie-folk-rock band made up of singer-songwriters Kari Spieler and Adam McHeffey, bassist Shaun Savage, and drummer Tom Elefante.
Shout out to G. Love, who usually has really great new bands opening for him on the road. Last year he introduced me to The Belle Brigade, and the year before he introduced me to Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (don’t make me try to say that name too fast cause I might end up confused, speaking Spanish).
These guys and gal are very talented and a delight to see live. You can find their 2010 Extended Play EP and 2012 full album Maple Ridge on Spotify. Here’s their song “These White Walls” off Maple Ridge.
You will like them if you like: Tristan Prettyman, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters And Men.