New Music Recommendations – 13th September 2019

by Dave Bertram

Busy week for you with Patrick Watson, Friendship, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Kate Malco, Tindersticks, Angel Olsen and Hannah Peel and Will Burns all sharing new tracks.

Up first this week is the Canadian artist Patrick Watson. Following on from 2015’s Love Songs for Robots, he has new record Wave out on Domino in mid-October and the beautifully melancholic opening track, Dream For Dreaming is here to warm the ears for what’s to come.

Philadelphia band Friendship are back with brand new track and news of a second album to be released in October on Owen Ashworth’s Orindal Records (Gia Margaret, Claire Cronin, Advance Base). Lead single, Clairvoyant, is a soft, alt-country, Mount-Eerie-esque song, recorded to tape with the help of The Low Anthem’s Prystowsky.

Nottingham-based alt-rock outfit, Tindersticks, have shared The Amputees – a sombre waltz with a fairground melodic swing. You can listen to it here.

William Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is set to release his first LP of original songs on Drag City since his 2011 record Wolfroy Goes to Town. I Made a Place is led out by (At The) Back of the Pit, a country jam with jaunty-rock roots and a soulful horn section. Watch the new video above.

Creatures is the latest release from Katie Malco, and comes via 6131 records – the label that have put out works by Julien Baker and Grayling amongst others. Malco will be back out on the road in Autumn supporting Bob Mould amongst others – catch now her before she blows up!

Hannah Peel and Will Burns have announced a new double-A sided 7”, Pale Tussock, set for release on Rivertones in mid-October. The 7” features a pair of new pieces from, combining the same evocative, powerful sonic palette and plainspoken poetry as their acclaimed album Chalk Hill Blue. You can listen to the enchanting Mothbook, here.

And finally, Missouri singer-songwriter Angel Olsen has made a much-awaited return with new single, Lark. It’s six minutes of unpredictable twists and turns, with a huge crescendo of a chorus built on a pulsating drumbeat.

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