Daily Archives: December 13, 2011
“Maybe they’re telling us
That the end never was, never will”
“Lover’s Carings,” a track of Bibio’s 2009 album The Apple and The Tooth, comes in with a lo-fi folk guitar riff that could be a song on its own, in fact, I thought the track was purely instrumental when I first heard it. Just as the riff fades out and the song fades out, a cow-bell begins to bring it back to life. It transforms into a beautiful, upbeat, catchy track that has been stuck in my head ever since L.Jones gave it to me in the latest volume. If you like it, definitely check out his newest album, Mind Bokeh as well.
“If the sun was always shining and our load always light/we’d be shaking like a leaf with every God given night/and we’d break under the weight of any pressure/that was ever applied”
If you’re looking for some dark southern folk then look no further than Brown Bird, the tattooed duo from Maine. While they don’t look the part, David Lamb and MorganEve Swain make some of the best new folk music around. Both play multiple instruments, Morgan playing Cello, Bass and Violin and David playing guitar, banjo and percussion (sometimes at the same time) to produce amazing results. The long-bearded David Lamb looks and sounds a little like the 4th member of Soggy Bottom Boys and Morgan provides quiet yet stern vocals to the mix. Together they create a beautiful gothic folk sound made for the cold dark months of winter. Check out their debut album, Salt for Salt, which came out in October and take a listen to “Bilgewater” below to get a taste of this bands unique blend of dark lyricism and traditional folk. Also, if you ever get a chance to see them live, I highly recommend you do. I caught them on the end of their tour this year and it’s amazing to see how much two people can do by themselves.
Brown Bird – Bilgewater: