My new favorite song, and not just because Murúch is the Irish word for mermaid. I’ve been listening to Swedish singer Skott’s “Mermaid” on repeat for several days now, and she just released the official video. Skott’s melodic music has a dark, slightly eerie undercurrent beneath her lovely, lilting soprano. She was raised in remote forest community run by a collection of outcast folk musicians and, whether by nature or nurture, her sound is exquisite and unique. Skott’s full-length debut album will be released in 2018 and will certainly be one of my most anticipated releases next year.
Skott is currently on tour. She is opening for Phantogram in select cities this summer and MØ this fall.
07/30 – Wayhome Music & Arts Festival – Oro Medonte, ON
07/31 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY*
08/01 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA*
08/03 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
08/04 – Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, IL
08/06 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QB
*Support for Phantogram
The Company Stores are my favorite local band. They are very well known and beloved in Charleston, WV. With their recent set at Mountain Stage, I think/hope the band is poised for a national break-through soon. Their lovely, eclectic new album, Little Lights, has quickly become a favorite of mine.
Lead singer-songwriter Casey Litz’s lilting, robust voice at times reminds me of Rhiannen Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom, but their genre-bending, self-described “Hill Hop” sound–a mix of clangy Appalachian folk fiddles, swirling psychedelic rock guitars, big band brass, and occasional splashes of classical piano–is incomparable.
Standout tracks are “Fall From Heaven,” “Nightingale,” “Optimistic,” and “Shenandoah Fall,” but the album is fantastic in it’s entirety.
Bishop Briggs is my new obsession. It takes an extraordinarily impressive artist to break through the chaos of life as we now know it and lure me to listen to a full album—let alone write about it. Bishop Briggs’ new self-titled release is that album.
Bishop Briggs is the stage name of 25-year old British musician Sarah Grace McLaughlin.
Her music is truly unique. You can compare elements of her robust voice and trippy beats to Lorde, The Mynabirds, VV Brown, and Ibeyi, but there’s no one artist that sums up her complex and alluring sound.
“Wild Horses” is the album’s spectacularly multi-faceted centerpiece. Other standout tracks are “River” and “Dead Man’s Arms,” but it’s an album I’ve enjoyed listening to all the way through on repeat. Definitely one for my best of the year list.