Greg Laswell: Take A Bow

Greg Laswell’s third full-length album Take A Bow will be released by Vanguard Records on May 4th. I first wrote about Laswell here three years ago when I reviewed his Through Toledo album. Since then his music has been played on Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood, and One Tree Hill, and last year’s Covers EP seems to have made people pay more attention to this very talented singer-songwriter.

From the opener “Take Everything” through the swirling rocker “Around the Bend” onto “You, Now”, the album is full of atmospheric pop melodies that are flushed out with Americana guitar riffs.

At times Laswell’s vocals are a bit too languid to carry certain overly gentle arrangements, but his warm voice is the driving force in the livelier songs.

The standout “My Fight (For You)” has a deeper, melancholy rock sound that falls somewhere between Radiohead and V.A.S.T. The song’s murky tone reminds me of Laswell’s cover of “Your Ghost,” and I hope he’ll explore a darker rock style in future.

The title track has a pretty, tinkling softness to it, and there are hints of Elliott Smith in the somber acoustics of “Let It Ride” and “Goodbye.”

Greg Laswell – Around The Bend (mp3 expired) *

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Vanguard Records

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Mp3 Menagerie: Shannon Hurley, Greg Laswell, Stricken City

Shannon Hurley – Beg Steal Borrow (mp3 expired) *

New song from singer-songwriter Shannon Hurley‘s upcoming solo album, set for release in 2010.

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*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of artist

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Greg Laswell – Your Ghost (mp3 expired) *

I think this is the third or fourth time I’ve shared this song since July, but it’s just that good. Singer-songwriter Greg Laswell covers one of my favorite Kristin Hersh songs. The song was featured in a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy and can be found on Laswell’s new Covers EP.

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*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Vanguard Records

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Stricken City – Small Things (mp3) *

Co-ed indie-pop/rock from Stricken City’s new album Songs About People I Know.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of label

Mp3 Menagerie: Greg Laswell, Meghan Wolf, The Duke & The King

Greg Laswell – Your Ghost (mp3) *

Here’s a direct mp3 link for the song I posted last week. Greg Laswell covers Kristin Hersh’s “Your Ghost”. The song is featured on Laswell’s upcoming Covers EP.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of Girlie PR

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Meghan Wolf – Disappear (mp3) *

Eerie, femme electro-pop & rock somewhere between Hannah Fury & Patti Rothberg. From Wolf’s upcoming album Theory of Gravity, to be released September 15th.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of Toolshed Media

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The Duke & the King – If You Ever Get Famous (mp3 expired) *

The Duke & the King are Simone Felice, (formerly of The Felice Brothers) and Robert “Chicken” Burke. Their languid folk sound is similar to the somber side of Felice’s old band. This song is from their debut album Nothing Gold Can Stay.

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*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Thirty Tigers PR

Mp3 Menagerie: Greg Laswell, Raveonettes, Blacklist

Greg Laswell – Your Ghost (external mp3 download page)

Click the link to visit KCRW’s site for Greg Laswell’s cover of “Your Ghost”, which is one of my favorite Kristin Hersh songs. The song is featured on Laswell’s upcoming Covers EP.

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The Raveonettes – Suicide (mp3) *

New song from the upcoming album In and Out of Control by The Raveonettes.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of Vice Records

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Blacklist – Flight of the Demoiselles (mp3) *

Electro-rock number from Blacklist’s new album Midnight of the Century.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of Magnum PR

Greg Laswell: How The Day Sounds EP

Greg Laswell will release a six-track EP entitled How The Day Sounds on March 11th. The new EP will include an expanded version of “High And Low”, which was originally featured on Laswell’s debut Through Toledo. The sound of the new disc seems to be similar, but perhaps a little softer, than his first album. Following is the tracklisting and an mp3 from the EP. Laswell is working on another full-length album to be released next summer.

How The Day Sounds EP Tracklist:

1. How the Day Sounds
2. Salvation Dear
3. Days Go On
4. Embrace Me
5. High and Low (with the Edison String Section)
6. What A Day

Greg Laswell – Days Go On (mp3)

Greg Laswell MySpace