‘Mountain’ is taken from Van Plating’s debut, self-titled LP, which will be self-released on November 15th. It’s a song that has Rachel Plating duetting with her writing partner Bradley Walden, as they explore the nature of a committed love – and that includes the hardships that can occur, and that require a mutuality to overcome. So, not just boy meets girl to spoon by the light of the moon. In June. Rachel Plating clearly feels a need to move to the serious side, which certainly comes out of her more recent experiences: having taken a nine year break from her musical pursuits in which she started her family – and also experienced the pain of two miscarriages and a harrowing experience of having to say goodbye to her four children prior to an extremely risky surgery.
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Signe Marie Rustad’s latest album, When Words Flew Freely arrives 1 November from Die with Your Boots on Records. Reminiscent of classic singer-songwriters of the 1970s (Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill), Rustad has a voice and musical vision that’s decidedly of this time and, also, timeless. Listening to her latest single, “A Thousand Lights”, one hears her sense of optimism come through in the wordless, ethereal choruses and in the tune’s sweeping, lush arrangement. If ever there were a song that captured rediscovering hope after a long walk with hopelessness, “A Thousand Lights” is it.
Oh my goodness – what is Phoebe Hunt doing to country on her new album ‘Neither One of US is Wrong‘? Or, put it another way, what is Phoebe Hunt not doing to country on her new album ‘Neither One of US is Wrong‘? For, within what is still a recognisable structure, Phoebe Hunt and the loose coalition of musicians that make up The Gatherers take paths rarely trodden into what can only be identified as that rarely heard thing, the true Cosmic American Music.
Phoebe Hunt’s mystical meditations lie at the core of the music that she makes with the Gatherers. Searching for a spiritual poignancy in the emotional sentiments of folk storytelling, Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers are acutely aware of the human condition, its triumphs and setbacks, and the divides set between us. As Hunt herself testifies, “The thread that runs through our upcoming album, Neither One of Us Is Wrong, is the thread of reconciliation.”
Signe Marie Rustad’s third LP ‘When Words Flew Freely‘ is released on November 1st and “Something Easier” is the second single from the album which we’re exclusively premiering today ahead of the single being released on September 27th. Signe Marie Rustad is Norwegian-American and is happy to find herself to be a strong part of the Nordicana sub-genre of Scandicana. God, but we love our sub-genres.
The seeds of Van Plating, the new recording project of songwriter Rachel Plating and writing partner Bradley Walden, may have been sewn upon birth, but not until being thrown through the gauntlet of human experience and tragedy was Plating able to harness the bittersweet tumult that is her eponymous debut album, which will be self-released on November 15th.
This record comes directly out of a nine year break from her musical pursuits and a period not only blessed with giving birth to and raising four children with her husband, but also two miscarriages and the harrowing experience of having to say goodbye to her children prior to an extremely risky surgery (of which the outcome was uncertain). Despite the never-lessening load that falls into the laps of any parent on a daily basis, Plating gave into her ever-growing compulsion and passion to create music after admitting to herself, “If I’m not playing music somewhere, I’m shriveling up and dying.”