In the two years since the release of his debut solo album, Michael Cormier has been very busy. He has released two albums with Hour and one with Friendship. Now, the Philly based multi-instrumentalist has announced his second solo record. Titled Days Like Pearls, the album is set to be released on June 9th via Cormier’s own Dear Life Records.
Local songwriter Birdie Buschhas teamed up with sound engineer and poet Rachel Alina and illustrator Ashley Smestad Vélez for a collaborative project. Locals // If You Swim Far Enough sees each artist drawing on their respective creative forms to build a work that tackles time, place, friendship and growth.
Alina’s chapbook of poetry, Locals, is accompanied by over 80 of Vélez’s illustrations, and complements Busch’s acoustic album If You Swim Far Enough, which she recorded with Alina several years ago at Scullville Studios in New Jersey, featuring acoustic versions of several previously released songs from her catalog Continue reading →
Bermuda Triangle is the all female power trio from Nashville featuring Jesse Lafser, Becca Mancari, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. These three musicians have been good friends for years, and they each have other musical endeavors outside the band. Divine intervention brought all three women to various porches in Nashville, where they passed around acoustic guitars and fooled with harmonies. Eventually, these organic jam sessions turned into the passion project that is Bermuda Triangle.
Recently the band met up with Ann Powers for an interview on World Cafe, where they talked about how the band came together, their creative processes, touring, cheese plates, and more. They also gave stellar live performances of their two singles “Suzanne” and “Rosey” as well as two unreleased tracks, “Tear Us Apart” and “Bermuda Triangle,” the band’s theme song. Listen below. Continue reading →
The opening track offFriendship‘s Shock Out of Season is the rambling “If You See My Beloved,” which in its five minutes sets the tone for the soft and drifting narrative-driven album. The Philly indie folk outfit released their new LP last month and recently shared a video for “If You See My Beloved” that grounds the song’s dreamily ambient tones in everyday images shot around town on 35mm film. Continue reading →
The wait is almost over forThe Lone Bellow‘s long-anticipated Union Transfer appearance, the band’s first Philly show in two years. If you missed out on today’s sold out Free at Noon, you can still catch the folk rockers tonight, along with openers The Wild Reeds. The Lone Bellow released their third studio album Walk Into A Storm in September. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Ahead of its Friday release, Philly’s Friendship have shared their new album Shock Out of Season in full with an early stream. Known for their minimalist narrative-driven folk tunes, the latest release is a steady progression of the solid foundation the band has built over the last few years, filling out their sound with a more robust, atmospheric sound. Shock Out of Season follows the band’s two previous releases: 2015’s You’re Going to Have to Trust Me and recent EP F/V Hope. Continue reading →
Philadelphia indie group Friendship just released their third single from their upcoming project Shock Out of Season, out November 3rd on Orindal Records. The first two tracks, “If You See My Beloved” and “Sal”, are tender meditations on miscommunication and solitude that move listeners with ringing synths, melodic acoustic sections, and comfortable Kurt Vile-esque vocals. Continue reading →
Philly collective Friendship continues to find new angles and approaches into the songwriting of band leader Dan Wriggins.
While their 2015 debut You’re Going To Have To Trust Me was built largely around minimal folk in the vein of Songs Ohia and David Bazan, the new song”Sal” — the latest from the band’s sophomore album Shock Out Of Season, out next month on Orindal Records — opens on trap beats and nervey, reverberating guitar.
Once things kicks into full swing and Wriggins’ familiar deadpan vocals enter, it’s clear this is still the Friendship we know — his words take on a sense of dejected anxiety, something he notes is both personal and cynical: “Sal, how are you doing? It’s easy to tell you’re doing right if it feels like losing.” Continue reading →
Philly indie folk outfit Friendship have just shared a new single in addition to announcing a release date for their sophomore album, Shock Out of Season, which will be out on November 3rd via Orindal Records.
“If You See My Beloved” is a five minute long track that edges along to a steady beat and a static electro atmosphere. The power of the song lies in the lyrics, however, with frontman Dan Wriggins’ conversational, stream-of-conscious words painting a picture of a deteriorating relationship through his realistic recount of a rainy day excursion. Continue reading →
A few months after debuting their new EP F/V Hope, Philly folk-ish indie outfit Friendship have shared a cover of Seekonk’s track, “Woo-hoo.” Included on Burst and Bloom’s 50th anniversary compilation, the comp features covers of tracks created by the label’s artists over the years. Continue reading →