Posts Tagged ‘Burst and Bloom Records’

Over a year in the works, we are now taking orders for the double-LP “Through the Static and Distance: The Songs of Jason Molina”. Please take a moment to read about, listen to samples from, and pre-order the album at http://www.staticanddistance.com/

Tribute albums are a strange undertaking, funny to love something so well then want to change it, to interpret it for yourself. Anyone who has ever performed or recorded someone else’s song understands that to cover a song is to find some way in, deeper than you could from just listening; it’s a way of knowing a song intimately, to make it your own and to love it.

Jason Molina’s songs seem so passionately torn from his very heart in such a way as to make us smell the fleshy vitality. They are small and personal, as though a tiny secret whispered in our ears, yet speak to such enormous truths and overarching perceptions. They revealed an author in ways we might not even come to know ourselves. To hear Jason’s albums is to understand and fully believe his authenticity.

No one is under the impression they’re going to improve on the genuine article but with these songs we say, “Thanks for showing us what you saw, what you felt. We see it and we feel it and we fucking agree. With the whole of our hearts. Thank you, Jason, for the beauty you brought to this world.”

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Tribute to Jason Molina
All proceeds go to the Family of Jason Molina

Read each artist’s story about Jason’s music at: http://www.staticanddistance.com

Originally Released January 27th, 2015

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Since we stumbled across Maine-to-Philly transplants Friendship earlier this year, we’ve been hooked. The band’s simmering, tempered take on meditative Americana struck a huge chord – Dan Wriggins’ emotive vocals and vivid lyrics about companionship and disconnection, Michael Cormier’s restrained drums, Peter Gill’s expressive pedal steel. Like I said in our feature profile of Friendship earlier this year, “it’s reminiscent of Pedro the Lion and Jason Molina, but also of Gram Parsons and George Jones.”

With that rich tapestry of influence, the band released its excellent debut LP “You’re Going to Have to Trust Me” in October on Burst and Bloom Records and embarked on a short fall tour with Abi Reimold. Back in town, they’re gearing up for a gig at West Philly’s All Night Diner on Monday, December 14th, and stopped by WXPN Studios to record a Key Sessions Set featuring highlights from the album as well as a couple surprises.

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Alongside moving performances of “The New Normal,” “He Said ‘You Seemed So Much in Luv’” and the aching solo acoustic “EL,” they dug into their back catalog (aka the home-recorded YouTube-only EP The Further You Kick, The Bigger It Gets) for the simmering “Darla” and opened the set with a rousing new number called “Familiar.”

Dan Wriggins: vox and guitar
Peter Gill: pedal steel and guitar
Chalmers Hall: bass
Mike Cormier: drums and percussion

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Cape Snow is a collaboration between New England’s Tiger Saw collective and LA-based Bree Scanlon, that draws comparisons to such artists as  Mazzy Star, the Cowboy Junkies and Low.  

Cape Snow is a dream-folk quintet with members on opposite ends of the United States. Bree Scanlon (vocals) and her husband Sean live in Los Angeles while multi-instrumentalists Guy Capecelatro III, Marc McElroy, and Dylan Metrano live in New Hampshire and Maine. The three New Englanders have been in the collective Tiger Saw for a long time. The short version of the story is that 14 years ago, Scanlon, Scanlon and Metrano played one show at a bar in Boston while Tiger Saw was trying to get things going. The show went well, and they wanted to keep playing together. They wrote some stuff, but never recorded anything. Scanlon and Scanlon moved to Los Angeles, and that put a damper on things. A few years ago, Metrano and Bree Scanlon renewed their efforts to collaborate, and in the end, Cape Snow was the final product. There are five “official” members plus a lot of other contributing members.

 

The self-titled debut album just came out on Friday via Burst & Bloom Records, most of the press about this band mention Mojave 3 and Mazzy Star as reference Points. Not really because of the music, but because Scanlon’s voice is a bit reminiscent of Hope Sandoval or Rachel Goswell. I’m reminded more of Rachel’s solo record than any Mojave 3 record. Others reference the voice of Margo Timmins from The Cowboy Junkies. I’m not so sure about that one. Whatever you want to use as a signpost, there’s something very familiar and very comforting about Scanlon’s voice. And while they’re not blazing any new dream-folk ground, they’re doing what they do really well.

One More Time is simply gorgeous – a haunting, magical Americana waltz that slowly reveals the sorrow and heartbreak at its core, “I’d do most anything to say hello, one more time.” .Desolation has never felt so languorous or so doomed. This is  Wonderful stuff. Release Date: July 31, 2015