Lake Street Dive has shared a video for the new song “I Can Change” from their forthcoming album, Free Yourself Up, due May 4 on Nonesuch. The band also announces more North American stops on their international tour, which begins with an intimate show at The Sinclair in Lake Street Dive’s original home of Boston on the album’s release day and continues with more than fifty additional performances. Newly added tour cities include Cleveland, Portland, Atlanta, Austin, Memphis, Chicago, and more. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 6, at nonesuch.com/on-tour. The majority of tickets purchased online for headline shows will include a Free Yourself Up CD; details below.
The intimate video for “I Can Change” puts singer Rachael Price front-and-center as she is carefully put through numerous wardrobe changes, emphasizing the physical and metaphorical changes she sings about in the song’s lyrics. The video was created by filmmaker Claire Marie Vogel.
Free Yourself Up is Lake Street Dive’s second album on Nonesuch Records, following its 2016 album, Side Pony. The four-member band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—produced the album themselves at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler.
Free Yourself Up is available to pre-order now at iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where the album tracks “Good Kisser” and “I Can Change” are available for instant download; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print autographed by the band. The band recently shared the video for “Good Kisser,” recorded at Goosehead Palace Studios, which can be seen here.
To Lake Street Dive, the title, Free Yourself Up, is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of the band’s purpose. In many ways, it is their most intimate and collaborative record, with the band working as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs. For this album, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio as well as on stage. Adding another player to the process freed up the band members to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full-bodied arrangements, and build on their well-known background harmonies.
Recommended If You Like: The Head and the Heart, Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy
… And I’m too afraid to be alone
At its core, attraction is a wondrous thing. How many stimuli have that kind of physical and emotional control over the individual? To be moved so vividly by someone else that your behavior changes in their presence; to feel that strongly about another human being; it’s natural, and yet it often feels totally unnatural. Attraction is as powerful as it is beautiful, an overwhelming sensation that Driftwood capture perfectly in their new song “Too Afraid.”
Oh am I falling for your lies again Falling for your lies again
But you look so damn good
If I look into your eyes again Look into your eyes again
Well it feels like going home
Listen: “Too Afraid” – Driftwood
City Lights – Driftwood
.A song about falling uncontrollably hard for someone else, “Too Afraid” focuses on the fatal attraction experience: “Sometimes there are women that strike your fancy to the point where you lose a bit of yourself,” explains Joe Kollar (vocals/banjo).
It’s also easy to lose oneself in Driftwood’s music. The band pulls upon a pastiche of warm American roots and folk influences, landing somewhere in-between The Head and the Heart and The Lumineers in terms of sound, while offering a fresh, if not timeless perspective on the individual experience through harmonious music and lyrics. The group’s instrumental arrangement – which consists of Dan Forsyth on guitar and vocals, Joe Kollar on banjo and vocals, Claire Byrne on fiddle and vocals, and Joey Arcuri on bass – might be considered ‘traditional,’ but they wield their instruments with polished grace. In a music landscape where electric so frequently replaces acoustic instrumentation, Driftwood’s music provides an anchor to a past that is still very much the present.
“Too Afraid” opens with a sweetly seductive interaction between fiddle and bass, where the fiddle plays a hypnotic, repeating arpeggio sequence over punctuated bass hits. The combined effort is light, yet incredibly evocative: In a sense, it’s the perfect backdrop for a personal story. “Oh am I falling for your lies again,” sings Kollar as the verse opens. His words are raw and humble, his demeanor vulnerable as he places this interest over himself. That elevation of another, and the subsequent submission and reduction of oneself, becomes especially resounding in the chorus and second verse:
But I’m too afraid
Yes I’m too afraid to be alone
You talk like you should be my friend Talk like you should be my friend So tell me what it is that you want
Oh am I losing all my lines again I’m losing all my lines again But you look so fucking good
In his explanation of this song, Kollar notes that “Too Afraid” is, for him, about “the power of a beautiful woman,” but the song is obviously so much more than that. “I’m too afraid to be alone,” he sings. Sometimes we know something is bad for us, but we want it anyway. Loneliness is one of the hardest to cope with – so perhaps that special someone isn’t right for you, but at least it’s something. Rather than explore the intricacies of that mess, Driftwood stick to the surface and leave the diving to the listener.
“I think everyone knows someone (close or distant) that makes them weak in the knees and maybe act differently as a result,” says Kollar. Those who have known love, and perhaps more so those who have known a truly fatalattraction, can easily relate to Driftwood’s lilting melodies and uncertain, scrambling lyrics. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how confident you might appear. Every Samson has his Delilah.
Saturday Sessions: Jade Jackson performs “Aden”
Rolling Stone says Jade Jackson is an up-and-coming artist you need to know. Jackson grew up in the small town of Santa Margarita, California, in a house free of television and computers. Her father’s record collection provided entertainment – and inspiration. At 13, she began writing and performing songs and after college formed a band. Her debut album “Gilded” was produced by Mike Ness of the punk band Social Distortion.
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Jerusalem based indie rock band NURIEL is pleased to announce the release of their debut single and music video “Beautiful Day”!
In the summer 2015, brothers Yonatan (singer-songwriter) and Michael Attias (cello) joined up with long time friend and drummer Tzvi Solomons to make music. They were joined soon afterwards by brother David Attias (lead guitar) and childhood friend Benny Firszt (bass). Lively and thoughtful debate, playing out of over a period of time, inspired them to name the band NURIEL.
NURIEL’s music rapidly caught the attention of the diverse music scene in their hometown of Jerusalem. The band has filled many prestigious venues with enthusiastic crowds, resulting in a loyal and growing fan base. They have also performed and collaborated with numerous acts, sharing the stage with the likes of Feter Hendel and the New-York-based trio Zusha.
NURIEL’s musical style infuses folk with intricate harmonies, driving rock, and world music. Their sound is said to be meditative and uplifting; a combination of evocative music and thought-provoking lyrics that slide easily into the psyche to resonate with the soul.
Following a string of sold out shows, the band released their eagerly awaited single, “Beautiful Day,” on April 2nd 2017. The release has received warm feedback and favorable reviews.
NURIEL’s debut EP is scheduled for release during summer 2017.
We’ve got a fun treat for you here: a new video from Courtney Marie Andrews! It’s for her song “Put the Fire Out” and features her vintage camper van in a lovely ode to the road.
“This old RV is the biggest piece of work that’s ever come into my possesion,” Courtney says, “but also the most fun when we can get it to run. “Put the Fire Out” is a tune about getting back to ones you know and love after spending so much of your time on the road. By the end of the video I get there, but it takes a long drive.”