I picked up three albums via Amazon and downloaded them on Saturday, including Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer’s brilliant Child Ballads, Steven Wilson’s (Porcupine Tree’s main man) great The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), and English Electric (Part Two) by Big Big Train. Two prog epics and one killer folk album — not too bad from my perspective! Some reviews of these will be forthcoming at some point.
I think I have to pick up Yearling by The Parson Red Heads, too. I gave it a spin on Spotify this morning and loved it. It’s got a lot of the Byrds influence in it, but spans so much more. They’re definitely a step-up from The Lumineers, for one thing. That alone is good. Not to bash The Lumineers — their big hit was fun, but their SNL appearance totally turned me off to them. We’ll see how Of Monsters and Men compare this coming weekend in the same setting.
I’m also listening to Rachel Sermanni, lately. She’s a Scottish singer/songwriter with a really beautiful voice and I think I’ll be getting Under Mountains, her début album, in the not-so-distant future.
Spotify has been a boon for me in finding new music. I belong to a virtual record listening club on Facebook (mostly Brits, mostly prog, but there’s a few folks with as wildly eclectic tastes as mine), and I’ve got lots of great recommendations lately. A hat-tip to Tim for the invite into the group.
Music has always been such a big part of my life and it’s great to once again be expanding those horizons.