I always get excited when there’s something new by The Lovely Sparrows. And while we’ve had “While Sailing” for some time now (the track was released on last year’s EP, Tall Cedars of Lebanon), their video is a fresh look at the song; a confounding one at that. It’s why I’ve been holding off on… Continue reading The Lovely Sparrows: While Sailing (Video)
The Lovely Sparrows have a way of putting together words and music that make the band one of today’s leading folk-rock and folk-pop artists. With Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Sparrows continue the trend they began as early as their debut EP, Pulling Up Floors, Pouring On (New) Paint.
Originally recorded in 1974 by Big Star, Alex Chilton’s “Take Care” wasn’t released until 1978 on their Third/Sister Lovers LP. In 2003, Yo La Tengo included a rendition of track on their album Summer Sun. Then, in 2009, The Lovely Sparrows laid down their version of Yo La Tengo’s version while recording demos for their… Continue reading The Lovely Sparrows: Take Care [Video]
with this five-song debut EP, the Texas town continues to pump out quality artists. The Lovely Sparrows take folk music in a new direction, adding a unique abundance of percussion and a few non-traditional instruments, like the flute.
Written by Fense The Lovely Sparrows (MySpace) embark on an exciting journey with Bury The Cynics, and while they loose much of the excessive percussion I loved so much on their EP, they replace it with heightened production value and an array of additional instruments. Or, rather, the additional instruments are brought to the foreground… Continue reading The Lovely Sparrows: Bury The Cynics [Album Review]
Written by Fense Spin recently took the exclusive debut of The Lovely Sparrows’ (MySpace) video for “Year Of The Dog” and I initially found it astonishing that they related the Sparrows to Neutral Milk Hotel—I mean, The Lovely Sparrows are distinctly folk-pop and while NMH included some of these traits in their music, the emphasis… Continue reading The Lovely Sparrows: Year Of The Dog [Video]
For those unaware, Virgin Of The Birds is the brainchild of Seattle musician and Abandoned Love Records label head Jon Rooney. Virgin Of The Birds has a new album on the way late this month called Winter Seeds. I recently sat down with Rooney, with whom I’ve been acquainted since my discovery of The Lovely… Continue reading Virgin Of The Birds: Interview
The past week saw several notable artists — many ranking among my favorites — release new tracks. Camera Obscura distributed a new track off their forthcoming album Desire Lines, Typhoon gave us a stellar digital single, and we heard a new track off the upcoming album from The Moondoggies. On top of that, I continued… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: May 17, 2013
There’s something quite nice about Austin band Dead Recipe. Their music features deep, soulful vocals split three ways. Back those with chill folk-pop that flirts with surf-pop and the result is both familiar and unique. “Flowers” and “Patterns” are great examples of this young band’s prowess.
I’ve been in a weird place musically of late. I’m a bit scattered, all over the map. My affinity for light, soft and playful folk has returned, but I’m also crushing on slacker pop and dream pop at the moment. Pretty hard, thank to bands like Darlings and Indians. I shouldn’t be surprised at this… Continue reading On Air at KSVR Mount Vernon: February 1, 2013 Playlist