Nightjar: The Moth Trap

Nightjar is another band signed to Song, By Toad Records that I love. Seems the Edinburgh music scene is a little more Appalachian than Scottish at the moment. Nightjar in particular would fit in well with Old Crow Medicine Show, Felice Brothers, and The Avett Brothers. Their rustic six-song EP The Moth Trap will be released on December 5th, and features Kris Drever.

The opener “The Hanging Tree” is my favorite on the EP, though it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one track. After a serene instrumental introduction, the song transforms into a peppy banjo and violin whirlwind that ebbs and flows with gritty vocal verses. The quiet quiver of “Dancefloor” follows.

“Poor Man’s Song” is a haunting banjo pluck that Kris Drever recently covered on his own album Black Water. “Sweet Annie Lee” leans more into a Dylanesque folk style, while the quirky bluegrass number “Salesman Song” would surely be a hit at Mountain Stage.

Nightjar – Poor Man’s Song (mp3) *

*mp3 hosted on the website of Song, By Toad Records & & the links are posted here w/ their permission

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4 thoughts on “Nightjar: The Moth Trap

  1. Hello! I’m Changuito from Argentina and I was wondering if you could tell me about some acoustic artists. I’m specially interested in those who play the acoustic guitar with great technic. Newton Faulkner of Xavier Rudd in the start of Stargaze are good examples.

  2. Changuito – Thanks for your comment, I obviously love recommending music to people. There’s really no one that I can compare to Xavier Rudd – he’s one of my favorite artists. If you haven’t already, I recommend his new album Dark Shades of Blue. You might also like Joshua James, he has a similar voice to Xavier.

    I see you’ve already found The Frames. 🙂 I’m not sure if they are the exact sound that you are looking for, but you may also want to check out Interference, Damien Dempsey, Felice Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nik Freitas, Peter Mulvey, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Paddy Casey, and Luke Doucet.

    And Kasey Chambers, Anais Mitchell, Pina, Hem, Amy Correia, and Jonatha Brooke are female artists that play strong acoustic music.

  3. Muruch, Thank you for your recommendations! I’ll start checking out right now. Here’s my mail if you remember or know about other artists like these:
    Incredible blog! Thanks!

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