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PREMIERE: Listen to the newest Slackwater News singles “Note By Note” and “Roman Holiday”

 

Photo by Jason Bleecher
Photo by Jason Bleecher

Slackwater News’ sound isn’t exactly indie rock, but it isn’t exactly folk either — it’s a kind of a hazy and catchy in between zone. The Lancaster-based band has released two new singles, “Note By Note” and “Roman Holiday,” both leaning in different directions.

“Note By Note” has a more catchy, folksy sound to it, but right around the two-minute mark it changes to indie rock with an electric guitar solo pushing the music forward before returning to its folk roots. “Roman Holiday,” on the other hand, resembles a Queen ballad — taking a rockier approach with only hints of folk to it. The two singles, which are released as Side A and Side B tracks, are an interesting pair of fraternal twins that really only share authorship, showing the range that Slackwater News is able to achieve with its musical talent.

The single (which you can preorder here) is a prelude to the band’s new full LP, Dutch Gold, that is set to be released later this year. Listen to the new singles below and catch Slackwater News at one of their upcoming live shows: at MilkBoy in Philly on Thursday, June 19, or the album release show at Tellus360 in Lancaster on June 28th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Amos Lee at Tower Theater, Oh! Pears at Ortliebs, Slackwater News at Chameleon Club and more

Amos Lee | Photo by John Vettese
Amos Lee | Photo by John Vettese

Philly’s own Amos Lee will take to the Tower Theater stage for a night of soulful folk tunes. Lee released his fifth album Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song on Blue Note Records last month and treated fans at World Cafe Live to a live set of new material at his Free at Noon concert. Get tickets to tonight’s show here and watch him peform “Chill In The Air” below.

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Watch The Slackwater News jam with the deceased in “Ghosts” (playing The Chameleon Club on 11/3)

Lancaster folk-jam combo The Slackwater News released its latest full-length record Graveyard Mates this week, and its first single is the appropriately-timed “Ghosts.” Below, check out the music video where singer Dan Zdilla stumbles upon an abandoned house to find a group of ghost musicians – who closely resemble his own bandmates. Candles flicker on, sheets are tossed asunder and everybody jams in translucent, sepia-toned glory. Check it out below, and listen to a stream of the album after the jump. The band plays a release show this weekend at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster; tickets and information are available here.

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