reddening west – deltas

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the diligence of reddening west cannot be overstated.  the austin-based quartet has toiled for the past couple of years over their self-released debut full-length, deltas, its vibrant swaths of americana a sprawling, existential treatise on the inherently transitory nature of life, honing a particularly fastidious approach to their songwriting and cinematic arrangements in the process.

anchored by the lead single, “even if” and its opening number, “marjorie,” deltas finds reddening west picking right up where their 2016 extended play, where we started, left off, with spacious vistas punctuated by niamh fahey’s swooning fiddle textures and matt evans’ soaring vocal melodies.  on the early standout “holding hours,” evans paints a bucolic backdrop for his pondering, with syncopated guitar lines and back-beats rolled together, in search of an apex never quite discovered.  “different now” finds evans waist-deep in reverb, again weaving observations of personal change through pristine turns of phrase and beautiful imagery.

the majesty of deltas is contained in its sweeping gestures as much as it is in its most minute intricacies; the palate-cleansing instrumental “inverness” is doused in nuance and contrapuntal wonders, a perfect segue to the album’s extended third act.  the penultimate cut “diffuse” is especially affecting and tender, its propulsive nature the perfect foil for the album’s finale, “late summer grass,” itself a vivid and measured punctuation mark on reddening west’s rich, slow-burning debut.  full of nooks and crannies ripe for exploration and vast canyons of elegiac introspection, deltas is a perfect autumnal vessel, a fine companion for changing times.

deltas is out tomorrow, available via reddening west’s bandcamp page, but you can experience it in its entirety a bit early right here on the dimestore.  tuck in below.

 

adeline hotel – “habits”

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dan knishkowy’s adeline hotel project has long had a collaborative air surrounding it, and his latest album is no exception.  away together, due later this fall, features a robust ensemble of familiar faces and first-time contributors all working in concert to flesh out knishkowy’s sketches of melancholic americana.

on the album’s lead single, “habits,” knishkowy is at the helm of a loping acoustic foundation, yearning in gorgeous harmony with fellow new york songwriter cassandra jenkins for an ever-elusive state of contentedness.  with well-placed pedal steel swoons throughout and a contemplative guitar solo commandeering its final minute, “habits” feels like the sonic embodiment of leaves changing color, a perfect record for a moment of pause within an ongoing transitory period.

away together is due october 26th via ruination record co.  take a listen to “habits” below.

premiere – reddening west

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a well-received debut project can be both reaffirming and a motivating tool to expand on its most resonant features.  the austin quartet reddening west latched onto this philosophy, using the framework of their 2016 extended play where we started as a reference point as they meticulously crafted their saturated, sprawling debut full-length, deltas, an intimate album preoccupied with existential thoughts on transition and change.

matt evans wrestles with the aforementioned themes throughout “even if,” the first preview of deltas, a reflective narrative couched in hesitation, reservation, and self-doubt.  enveloping evans’ sometimes-desolate imagery is the bucolic warmth so recognizable in reddening west’s arrangements.  a loose, organic heartbeat is a comfortable foundation for niamh fahy’s cinematic string counter-melodies, an affecting punctuation to the track’s lyrical sentiments.

taken as a cohesive unit, “even if” is a sonic embodiment of the wide-open vistas the mind’s eye occupies in a contemplative state such as this, a powerful rumination on complacency and vigilance indicative of reddening west’s slow-burn approach to songwriting.

deltas arrives september 21st; it is currently available for pre-order and can be pre-saved on spotify.  its lead single, “even if,” premieres today on the dimestore.  listen in below.

silver torches – “keep the car running”

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erik walters is poised to release his latest album as silver torches, let it be a dream, on october 6th.  after releasing the mid-tempo, melancholic earworm “if i reach” last month, walters and company returned earlier this week with “keep the car running,” a poignant burst that refines a focus on keyboard-driven americana.

the silver torches home base of seattle may not conjure up visions of wide open expanses, but cross the cascades into eastern washington and your tune will quickly change.  “keep the car running,” in all its narrative glory, might as well be wed to that singular desert landscape; between walters’ swaying cadence and a steadfast underlying propulsion, the band’s latest single almost demands to be experienced while meandering through rural america.

take a listen to “keep the car running” below.

twain – “solar pilgrim”

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some songs require little introduction.  twain is the solo venture of mat davidson, who will release his third album, rare feeling, on october 20th via keeled scales.  news of the album arrived last week alongside its lead single, “solar pilgrim,” a track so evocative and majestic that it should be consumed immediately without further exposure to persuasive adjectives.

enjoy.

silver torches – “if i reach”

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when he’s not touring with perfume genius or david bazan, erik walters perches at the helm of silver torches, a seattle-based outfit that traverses through an indie-rock heartland.  after unfurling their debut album, heatherfield, last year, walters and company will return with a follow-up, let it be a dream, on october 6th.

if heatherfield could be characterized by its crystalline guitar-based architecture, then it’s conceivable that let it be a dream will tack on a facade of synthesizers to this foundation.  lead single “if i reach” threads a brassy synth line through its introduction and choruses, adding a degree of majesty to a lyrical body strewn with ruminations on divisiveness.  walters is melancholic in delivery, his cadences buoyed by acoustic strums that crest into soaring refrains.

if “if i reach” is any indication, let it be a dream will be an indispensable resource come early fall.  listen in below.

 

space mountain – “white light”

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space mountain is the artistic vessel for boston’s cole kinsler, one that has yielded a handful of introspective, folk-rock-oriented albums over the past few years.  kinsler will return with his latest, supermundane, out august 4th via the always-reliable forged artifacts.

an early sampling of supermundane suggests that the album will do anything but live up to its name; “white light” is a rambling, compelling introduction, one that fuses kinetic acoustic guitars and swirling organ leads with gusto before kinsler’s deep, distinctive warble consumes the track.  his baritone, replete with the slightest twang, is a compelling narrator, although the fuzzed-out melodic figures that percolate to the surface momentarily give the lyrics a run for their money.

“white light” is ripe for consumption at any time of day, as is riding this project’s namesake.  take a listen below.

lomelda – “interstate vision”

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hannah read’s output as lomelda has long been plaintive, yes, but there has also been a strong degree of assuredness lingering in most tracks.  her 2015 full-length forever is adored in small but ever-growing circles – compounded by last year’s stunning live rendition, 4e* – for myriad reasons, but bleary-eyed, vast pop landscapes grounded in adroit, nuanced songwriting seems to be a strong common thread.  lomelda as a concept has long been kept under wraps by read, but the project has always been grounded somewhere in texas, a sprawling geographical exapanse that pairs rather well with wide-open, americana-tinged compositions.

cue “interstate vision,” a lomelda track that has kicked around for some time before becoming the lead single to the project’s upcoming album, thx.  read’s lead vocal is placed front and center as the mid-tempo arrangement sways behind her, a gentle, jangly guitar melody functioning as her conversation partner.  as all components lock in place, “interstate vision” becomes exactly the sort of intimate snapshot lomelda takes so well, with a memorable, lilting chorus to boot.

thx arrives september 8th via lomelda’s new label home, the venerable double double whammy.  get lost in “interstate vision” below.