Albatross | Burden To Bear

A month ago I was emailed about this track and have been waiting for it to be taken off private so I could premiere it here as soon as possible. I won’t lie, I was a little perturbed when the email subject had the words “Mumford and Sons protege” in the title as I really don’t think they need any more exposure. An opinion that is unpopular but unnecessary to share here as this track is absolutely excellent. Having worked with the blindingly popular UK band for numerous years, Albatross has now struck out as a solo artists ahead of his debut LP Desperate Times Best Forgotten. The single is out now on iTunes and is worth listening to if Americana tinged slow-dance efforts are your thing. This is beer music, pure and simple.

Field Report | Home (Leave the Lights On)

I’ve always listened to music seasonally. I don’t know what it is but I have to match my music to the mood. I guess I’m not alone, you don’t see many people singing Jingle Bells in June. August for me has always leant my ear towards Americana. Once over the manic July party month August was always a moment of relaxation before the inevitability of education reared it’s head again. It would always allow me to retire into an idealised America of road trips, State lines and pancakes with bacon. Probably down to the fact that I’m English and so I haven’t had my “America Dream” crushed by cynical reality (we can still have the alfalfa Lenny).

Field Report” are a band fronted by Chris Porterhouse, a former bandmate of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. “Home” is a gorgeous track from the upcoming album “Marigolden” out on October 7th on Partisan Records. It’s just ideal for that moment when you can leave for those idealistic and inevitably false pastures ahead. So listen hard and dream of apple pie amigos. Or, if you’re not an English idiot who read too much Kerouac, just listen to the song.