Lilly Hiatt – The Night David Bowie Died
There’s a new Lilly Hiatt album out on 25 August. It’s called Trinity Lane and it’s out on on New West Records. It includes a great track called ‘The Night David Bowie Died’. Apparently it was written on that self-same evening. It’s full of bitter-sweet thoughts and it includes a fine guitar break about half-way through. There’s an official video. And the lightning bolt is a really nice touch. Happy to recommend.
The Crowleys – L.A. Sunset
Really pleased to share one of my favourite sounds of the summer. The Crowleys are a band out of Hamilton, Ontario, and L.A. Sunset is a track from their forthcoming debut EP. Which is exciting, because this is such a great song that it promises all sorts of wonderful when the EP finally drops. It’s easy to say that it’s got a psychedelic sound, because, well, it does. But I really like the way it’s not too hurried. The Intro is allowed to progress. The body of the song is nice and laid back. And there’s a fine trippy ending. Check out L.A. Sunset. And, in the meantime, more power to The Crowleys of Hamilton, Ontario.
Jon C Butler – Ghost in My Heart
It’s vacation time here at Half-Life Music. Until normal service is resumed, here’s a great new track from Jon C Butler. It’s from his forthcoming album called Universal Stranger. Jon C Butler was known for his work in Diesel Park West. ‘Ghost In My Heart’ is as good as anything that’s gone before. And it’s not all. There’s more on Spotify that bodes well for the future. Check out ‘Revelation Calling’ for a start. Looking forward to the full release soon.
Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last
This is reputedly the first in a series of solo acoustic releases from Jeff Tweedy. The aim is to reinterpret songs from throughout his career, showing the range and depth of his song-writing ability. This release is Wilco-focused. It contains three tracks from Summerteeth, two from both Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born, and one from each of Sky Blue Sky and The Whole Love. Plus there’s also a couple of deep cuts from elsewhere, one from the self-titled Loose Fur album and one from Golden Smog’s Weird Tales. Pretty much anything by Jeff Tweedy is welcome and it’s great to hear any rendition of ‘Ashes Of American Flags’, ‘I Am Trying To Break You Heart’, and ‘Muzzle Of Bees’. But there’s a certain paradox at the heart of Together At Last. Here, like the songs on all good cover albums, there are reworked, reinvented, and reimagined versions of some long-time favourites. This is true for the YHF songs and particularly ‘Laminated Cat’ from the Loose Fur album. With just Tweedy and an acoustic guitar, the experimentation is gone. These sound like genuinely new creations. At the same time, though, this a very carefully delivered album. The mood is late night. The tone is hushed. The pace is even. Aurally, it is very coherent. The result is individual songs that are new and refreshed, but also a sense that everything has been compressed into one somewhat similar-sounding format. Yet enough of that. This is Jeff Tweedy. These are great songs. And this is the first of what is hopefully a suite of releases. At last.