(from CSINDY.com) In the last decade, Grant Sabin has covered a lot of ground. He started playing out at age 13, went through the blues prodigy’s obligatory Robert Johnson phase, and has since developed his own idiosyncratic style that’s well-represented on last December’s Anthromusicology album.
In addition to being Sabin’s most fully realized recording, Anthromusicology bridged local music communities. Released on the Haunted Windchimes’ Blank Tape Records label, it finds him collaborating with We Are Not a Glum Lot guitarist Sam Erickson, Briffaut frontman Daniel James Eaton, and drummer-about-town Alex Koshak, who combine their musical talents and taste for cosmic surrealism in the Kings of Space collective.
(from DAYTROTTER.com) Colorado songwriter Mike Clark writes songs that sound sweeter than sour. They give off the feeling that his love is healthy, but it’s still so damned hungry. It’s blazing and demanding. He gives off that pacing the floor, screaming at the skies neediness vibe that the greatest of the old school soul and blues singers gave off, as if there was nothing else than some soft touch to be had. It was all there was. It was everything that was and is needed. They’ll be wayward until they fill that yearning. They’ll be wayward for a while.
(from MADMACKEREL.org – UK Blog) Sometimes it takes just one play, one single spin, to know you’ve found something to treasure. So it is with Changing Colors and the track Good Times from their new album Joan & The King, which sees a release via Blank Tape Records. From the opening lazy strum of guitar and gently hypnotic percussion to the perfect, world-weary vocals of frontman Conor Bourgal, the song meanders slowly and surely to its destination over a simple refrain, “I am a mess of a man“. This is haunted, melancholy Americana at its very best.
(from PIGEONSANDPLANES.com) Twin brothers Conor and Ian Bourgal are the driving force behind Colorado based indie-folk group Changing Colors, a band that sprang to life in the tiny town of Manitou Springs. After their inception with 2009′s release Ghost of Red Mountain, the brothers are back with a follow-up album entitled Joan & the King. The album will be out on May 18 on Blank Tape Records, and Pigeons & Planes is premiering their first single “Good Times.”
Conor, who writes most of the songs on his own, describes the song as the reflections of a character plagued by self-righteousness and humility.
(from CSINDY.com) From the winged cassette that serves as its logo to the old-school influences embraced by its artists, Blank Tape Records has never been shy about its retro inclinations. So it’s fitting that, for her solo debut, Haunted Windchimes co-founder Desirae Garcia opted to go with a seven-inch vinyl release.
The Pueblo-based singer-songwriter’s Ill Fitting EP is a limited edition — only 300 have been pressed — and is available for pre-order at the label’s website. Better still, you can be among the first to get your hands on a copy at this coming Friday’s record-release show at the Loft, which will also feature sets by fellow Windchime Chela Lujan and Denver folksinger Laura Goldhamer.
(from FUELFRIENDSBLOG.com) This is a session to tenderize, to dissolve defenses. The chapel session feels a little more gaunt and starkly soulful than his new record. As my friend Adam said, “There’s a darkness here like so much of that older stuff had in it, below the R&B feel. It’s the ‘blues’ part of R&B that people forget about.” Mike’s startling voice pierced that whole church. You felt the weariness, but there’s a wide-open, unadorned quality to the candor here also. These are A.M. radio songs that wake you in the middle of the night or keep running through your head as you whistle the melody.