It’s a very stripped down indie rock holiday special from Pullman Standard, in the form of a slightly older single, “Happy Holidays To All.” A pretty melody and harmonies over some shimmering acoustics, and of course…the sleigh bells. In these dark times, a simple message of good will might help keep things in perspective. Listen below. We’re revisiting this 2013 song on the occasion of Pullman Standard’s impending new release, Diamond Hearts. You can hear a preview at the Soundcloud link at the bottom. We will have more on that album soon.
Another feel-good groove from Yonas, this time featuring Roscoe Dash and Sammy Adams. The track is called “Roll One Up” and it hinges on a mellow guitar riff, the kind you might expect from, say, Ben Harper, another dude who’s maybe rolled a few up. The guest spots are tight, and you can catch a little Roscoe Dash perspective in the behind-the-scenes video below.
Yonas is also hitting the road, see below the video for dates.
An early frontrunner for Christmas song of the year, this is Louisville Kentucky’s The Deloreans with their dark take on “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,” from the beloved Dr. Seuss adaptation The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The song was originally performed by the impressively named Thurl Ravenscroft, best known as the voice of Kellogg’s Tony The Tiger, in his trademark deep baritone. In order to approximate the imposing lowness of the original, The Deloreans, our onetime Artist of the Month, seem to have slowed down their recording, and in doing so have surpassed the swing and swagger of the original to create something much darker and foreboding – almost Gregorian. The song will appear on the new compilation Louisville Does Christmas, from This Man Records.
New York City’s Danielle Helena recently released the video for her song, “Falling” and complimented it with an affecting acoustic performance at the live Soul Sessions at Renaissance Hotel Midtown. The official video, directed and edited by Julie Gratz, is beautifully composed, and the layered final track presents a stark contrast with the spare live version – highlighting the strength of the singer and song. Both versions are below.
Rapper and producer Chris Fields has released his brand new full-length, Dreams Are Forever, a 12-track tour-de-force that follows a series of singles released over the last year or so. While those singles were initially expected to be part of the final album, Fields output since he started recording near the end of 2014 has been such that Dreams Are Forever is primarily fresh material. “Crown,” which we wrote about when it dropped back in September 2015, is the familiar track, and still dominates with its confidence and snaking melodies. Fields contrasts a track like that one, which he characterizes as full of bravado, with others that allow more vulnerability, like “Visionary,” “Therapy,” and the title track. He sees this as part of the natural progression into adulthood, and as an artist, he says, “I’m just really letting people into my mind – what I think of and go through as a man.” Dreams Are Forever is a record of that progression.
No tour dates have been announced yet, but you can listen to the full album below. Follow @.
California singer-songwriter Kris Angelis has been up on our charts with her song, “Rust,” and while we love that one, it’s a few years old now. So we were excited to hear that she’s got a new single called “Heartbreak Is Contagious” out now. And what’s more… it’s a great song. A pretty spare, acoustic arrangement, but cleverly produced, and perfectly fitting for the song. Available on Spotify and iTunes.