Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Ovlov – Fast G

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Connecticut indie rockers Ovlov are back. Bandleader Steve Hartlett has revitalized the project for Tru, their first album in five years. It’s great collection that hearkens back to the ’90s sounds made by the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Built To Spill. “Fast G” is one of the highlights off the album – it’s a punchy little blast of energy with a driving riff. Check it out:

Song Of The Day: The Huntress and Holder of Hands – Creatures In Flight

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This past weekend’s Hillside Festival in Guelph saw many great performances across the festival’s stages from the likes of Partner, Lilly Hiatt, US Girls, The Messthetics and more. At its core though, Hillside has always been about the discovery of new music, that special “Hillside moment” where you hear something that blows you away. Of the acts I saw that were new to me over the weekend, one of the best and most unique was Providence, Rhode Island based band The Huntress and Holder of Hands.

Initially started as a solo project and an outlet for her grief after the loss of her husband Dave Lamb to leukemia, bandleader MorganEve Swain has expanded The Huntress and Holder of Hands into a full band. The band’s debut album Avalon offers up a beautiful blend of folk, classical, and post-rock sounds that are still running through my head nearly a week after seeing them. Check out the video for “Creatures In Flight” below:

Song Of The Day: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – New Ways to Fail

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With its chorus of “I need this shit like I need another hole in my head,” Sarah Shook and the Disarmers’ “New Ways To Fail,” the new single off of their sophomore album Years (released earlier this year on Bloodshot Records), has the potential to become a bit of an anthem.

And not only is the song a perfect example of Shook’s catchy as hell songwriting, but the video may also have the potential to catalyze an as yet unexplored crossover between country music and skateboarding. Check it out:

Song Of The Day: Sibille Attar – Paloma

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With strong tracks like “Alcoholics” and “Julian! I Want To Be a Dancer!” off of her 2013 album Sleepyhead, Swedish singer-songwriter Sibille Attar first caught my ear a few years ago and got me wondering what was next for her. Well, here we are five years later and she’s back with a new EP, Paloma’s Hand, released earlier this year on PNKSLM Recordings.

Attar’s harmonized vocal on not-quite-title-track “Paloma” combined with the song’s psychedelic yet poppy arrangement sort of brings to mind First Aid Kit collaborating with Animal Collective. An intriguing mix. Check it out: