The crew over here at Hearth is really excited about everything happening over the coming months so wanted to get you a slew of the albums we’re working from now till October! If you’d like any more info, downloads or other materials, on any of these releases please do let me know!
‘s new EP, Playwright,
is coming out August 25th
. The whole thing is phenomenal, a quick 4-song EP showcasing a moment in time for the young songwriter. The writing on each of these tracks is wonderful and points to Whitten’s budding brilliance but the up-tempo, jaunty, pining of “Since She’s Gone”, with it’s entwining of heart-break, acceptance and humility is really impressive.
We’ve got an EP coming from Minneapolis-based Humbird coming August 25th, beautiful indie folk settings on this one that tap into the stark forests of the Midwest and the cold North
Billy Strings new psychedelic americana-meets-thrash-bluegrass album is wild (he’s an explosive guitarist!) with some really trippy stuff going on, it drops September 22nd
The radio wing of HearthPR will be working an amazing album September 8th from Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton. Both were founding members of the Be Good Tanyas (one of our most favorite bands) and this new album is a kind of return to roots for them. It’s also the first time they’ve collaborated together again in a good number of years. If you want a copy for press, we can refer you to their press publicist, otherwise our radio buddies will be getting hard copies shortly!
Lenore.‘s first single has been lauded by Uproxx who said it “features their entwining harmonies — which is the most arresting part of their sound — along with handclaps, a clever guitar lick, and low, slow bass line holding it all together. The track is deceptively simple, building into intricacies as it unfolds, and the legendary Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers) takes over lead vocal duties.”
They’ve brought together an all-star cast from Eric Bachmann on the first single to Neko Case’s Paul Rigby and Dan Hunt and Death Cab For Cutie’s Dave Depper to fill out their witchy folk pop self-titled debut, due out September 15th.
Anna Tivel is a Portland-based songwriter who I watched three people breakdown sobbing at her show the other night. She’s one of those songwriters who collects these visceral stories and conveys them so astutely that you’d think she had lived more than a dozen lives, hers is out September 29th on Fluff & Gravy Records.
Silver Torches is the project of Erik Walters, who plays guitar with Perfume Genius and David Bazan, and is a Springsteen meets PNW indie folk/americana record that I cannot get enough of – Courtney Marie Andrews, Greg Leisz and Noah Gundersen feature on it, his is out October 6th.
Another release on Fluff & Gravy Records, Portland songwriter Jeffrey Martin has been one of the Northwest’s best-kept secrets for far too long. His new album was made while he was off the road and working as a creative writing teacher in a small rural Oregon town. The stories of his students fed into his creative outlet, and the songs on his new album are both beautiful and heart-rending. A glimpse into the broken hearts of America’s rural families. Jeffrey’s album drops October 13.
We’re so excited to be working with Dori Freeman again on her sophomore album! It’ll be produced by Teddy Thompson again and released October 20. It’s a mix of Dori’s originals, though tempered with a slightly more positive outlook, plus some tastefully arranged traditional pieces. Dori’s voice is shockingly great, but hearing her sing true Appalachian music for the first time is a revelation.
Another album in October (Oct 27) has been a long-time coming. It’s an unusual but very cool collaboration between old-school hip-hop head Mr. Lif and San Francisco-based Balkan brass band Brass Menazeri. If you’ve never heard hip-hop with brass before, you are in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite sounds (you’d be amazed at how well a tuba lays down the bass beats).