Hive Five: Our Daily Listicle of Musical Musings.
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With temperatures rising across this great land, outdoor activities such as driving with the window down and bocce ball will soon commence once again. And what goes well with warmth and cold suds? Twang! Here’s five great Americana-tinged records we’re excited to pair with some well-honed sunburns.
1. Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO (& other American stories) (Lost Highway).
Like Jamey Johnson, Carll’s fondness lies within the classics -- a simple pedal steel, a sleepy, mature vocal for ballads and an affinity for ruckus when time calls. Consider this a great album to spin after a hard day of drinking tall boys.
2. Bahamas, Pink Strat (Nevado Records).
Having played with Feist and Great Lake Swimmers, Bahamas is the alter-ego of Afie Jurvanen -- Canadian and champion of the melancholic acoustic, especially on the delightful realism of “You’re Bored, I’m Old.” Straight up.
3. Alela Diane, Alela Diane & Wild Divine (Rough Trade).
“Wild Divine” is the band from Portland, Oregon’s Alela Diane. And while she retains the folk-leanings of her previous efforts, this collection of songs is a fine concoction of Carly Simon pop with warmth peppered across the piano. Divine, indeed.
4. Ben Weaver, Mirepoix and Smoke (Bloodshot).
Weaver’s 7th album revels in sparse guitars and banjos, telling haunted tales of metaphorical roosters and French cooking techniques -- not everyday fodder for the rustic.
5. Early Winters, Early Winters EP (Self-Released).
This new, country-tinged outfit finds Carina Round's booming voice translating well into the twang stratosphere.