Something old, some things new, a little bit of punk and a bit of country, folk, and pop. The last Mundo Musique Monday of the year provides plenty of variety.
After a decade away and nearly 15 years between albums, Memphis band Oblivians returned in 2013 with Desperation – a 14-song album filled with garage punk and rock songs. Their latest album is more restrained and controlled from their earlier outputs, but still one that loyal and new listeners will appreciate. The songs remain fast-paced and there’s plenty of fuzz. Produced out of Dan Auerbach’s studio, there’s a notable touch of The Black Keys in the Oblivians’ lastest album with the head-nodding-inducing drums and slick rifts.
Prior to producing Desperation, Greg Cartwright, Jack Yarder, and Eric Friedl produced three LPs and numerous EPs and singles from 1993 to 1998. Their early works were loud, chaotic, manic, and exhilarating, and their work laid the groundwork for the sounds you hear from bands like METZ and Japandroids. Now they’ve taken a different turn to their music, moving towards a sound reminiscent of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
THE CAVE SINGERS
Seattle-based band, The Cave Singers, make terrific indie folk music that is catchy, thoughtful, and engaging. Their brand of indie folk music, however, is slightly different, as one can hear The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, The Head and The Heart, John McCauley, and even Deerhunter all rolled up into a single band. Consisting of singer Pete Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco, drummer Marty Lund, and bassist Morgan Henderson, The Cave Singers released their fourth studio album, Naomi, released earlier this year. Hard to believe that The Cave Singers have been around for 6 years, and with the terrific Naomi and tracks like “Have to Pretend” they just might breakthrough.
How can a music fan not like a band named Swearin’? Comprising of front-woman Allison Crutchfield, guitarist Kyle Gilbride, bassist Keith Spencer, and drummer Jeff Bolt, these indie punk rockers from Brooklyn are shredding up guitarists and blowing audiences’ faces around North America. While the band has only been around for a few years, they released their second album Surfing Strange in November of this year, comprising of 12 short, rocking songs. The band is currently touring with Waxahatchee (another great indie band), so catch them if you can.
Are you a fan of Father John Misty, Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine, and Justin Townes Earle? If so, then discover Jesse Woods, an Austin, Texas-based indie-folk artist who released his debut album, Get Your Burdens Lifted, in August of 2013. Woods’ voice is subtle yet endearing and his music is calming yet provocative. “Cold Blood”, for instance, is a serene, echo-filled indie folk-pop song that will have you humming the tune for days. Woods’ future is bright, and don’t be surprised to see you playing at folk festivals across North America in 2014.
KENDALL PATRICK AND THE HEADLESS BETTYS
From Vancouver Island, Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys are a multi-instrumental band that plays country, folk, and pop. They have produced a couple of singles and 2 EPs, including 2012’s The Other Side. For Canadian music fans, think music akin to The Rankin Family. The videos on their website are a bit quirky, including this little folk tune, “Cannonball”.
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