Folk/Country

Wild Pink's "A Billion Little Lights"

 The release of new music from the Wild Pink is cause for mellowed-out celebration and so today we're in luck because the band (but not that band) just yesterday released their third full-length LP (yes I realize that's redundant) and it's called A Billion Little Lights. From the first bars of "The Wind Was Like A Train" an auditory spell is cast by John Ross & Co. as a warm-hued synth melody is joined by chiming guitars and marching band snare and weeping steel guitar woven together like a comfy quilt and finally Ross himself as he gently intones a Zen koan about what sounds like a game of horseshoes played on a frozen lake and how he's got your back despite the seeming recklessness of this scenario with the song culminating in a string section flourish all clocking in at an economical 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Listening to the opening track I can't help but think of Jason Lytle and Grandaddy during that group's heyday, or at least their gentler material, but Wild Pink provides an Americana spin on the indie aesthetic that sets them apart, and on the whole, A Billion Little Lights finds many beautiful wrinkles to explore in the veins of blissed out folk and alt-country and roots rock reveries all while contemplating subjects such as the inevitability of time's passage and the violent settlement of the West and social media oversharing and Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Florida retirement homes (Ross grew up in Central Florida before relocating to NYC years ago) with the latter two of these enumerated subjects acting as inspiration for the song below whose video features one of the stars of Schitt's Creek and also features backing vocals (just like "The Wind" above) from Julia Steiner who fronts the Chicago-based band Ratboys. (Jason Lee)

 

   

Molly Compton "Please Don't Show My Mom This"

Singer/Songwriter Molly Compton has released her debut album, Please Don't Show My Mom This. This is primarily just Molly's powerful voice and a banjo, but on the album's opening/title track she plugs in and unleashes both lyrically and sonically.

   

Astrachan "Ladakh"

Ben Astrachan of the duo Berta Bigtoe has released the first single, "Ladakh", from his forthcoming self-titled solo debut album. This jis oyful Indie Folk music that was crafted by Astrachan while studying secular nomadic music in the ancient city of Leh.

The single is accompanied by the Austin Koenigstein directed video below.

   

Bluom "Snowknowns"

Bluom has released a new single called "Snowknowns". This is the experimental folk pop of Michael P. Russell who released two surprising singles late last month and has kept up the output now in 2021.

   

Lyn Rye "Edgewalker"

Bassist and Vocalist Lyn Rye has released a live EP called "Edgewalker". The five songs featured on the album were record on three different continents with eleven different musicians but feel very cohesive behind the strong songwriting and vocals of Rye.

Below is a video of the EP's opening performance of "Rugova" captured live at Grand Manor here in Chicago.