And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made
And the sign flashed out it’s warning
And the words that it was forming
It was a bit of a surprise to learn that First Aid Kit, was a folk duo from Sweden. Their 2014 release, Stay Gold, is filled with calming Folk-Rock and an occasional Bluegrass kick. Stay Gold invokes a melancholy peace that relieves the stress of the concrete jungle.
The accompanying video is also an homage to my former hometown, San Diego, CA?
Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst) released two albums on January 25, 2005. Digital Ash In A Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. Digital Ash…, hinted at by its name, was the more electric, experimental, alternative album, while this one was more Lo-Fi Acoustic. Many of the tracks are satirical, and include comments on contemporary thoughts and values. The record was well received and made some “Best Album Of The Year” lists.
Crosby, Stills & Nash formed in the late sixties, each member a byproduct of another prominent band. David Crosby/Birds, Stephen Stills/Buffalo Springfield, and Graham Nash/The Hollies. Their unique vocal chemistry propelled them to success and a couple of hit singles on their debut LP. Neil Young joined the band during their initial tour. Their Folk-Rock music is closely identified with the protest movement of the 60’s and 70’s. Iconic tracks, mainly Woodstock and Ohio, are as big a part of the events of the day as the events of the day. Perfect harmony is the best way to describe this group musically, but personal relationships were often tumultuous. Despite the often stormy bickering, the band has retained it’s reputaion as iconic counterculture supergroup.
The Lumineers were started by a couple of Jersey boys, Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). They tired of the New York music scene and headed to Denver where they added Neyla Pekarek (cello, vocals) to the band. The minimalist sound is classified as folk and simplicity is what the band is indeed aiming for. They suffered some over-saturation especially with their hit, Ho Hey. I’m including a couple of the lesser known, but, in my eyes, better tracks. This is a wonderful rainy afternoon or drive time album and I urge you to pick it up.