Seattle-based performing songwriter and Postal Service collaborator Jen Wood returns with Wilderness her sixth studio full length and her first collection of new songs since 2010's excellent Finds You in Love. The album's title may reference Wood's long hiatus, referenced as "what happens when you lose yourself in another person or in a community." But Wilderness, in many respects, could help describe the bold new sound that Wood is exploring with electronic musician/composer Andy Myers, drummer Alex Westcoat and producer Joshua Myers (Rosie Thomas). Unlike her earlier, more sparely executed and intimate folk/pop songs, Wilderness is dense, driving and dramatic.
The album also gave Wood the chance to put down her guitar and try something new. "I didn’t plan on writing a piano record, it just happened," she says. "I bought an old 1930s piano and had a special connection with it. The minute I started playing that piano, the songs just poured out of me. I couldn’t stop writing.” Stream "Run With The Roses" at the Currents page and stream Wood's entire catalog -- including Wilderness -- at Bandcamp.
After starring with Glen Hansard in Once and joining him in the studio and on the road as The Swell Season, Marketa Irglova encamped to her new home in Iceland to record her recently released sophomore album Muna with producer Sturla Mio Thorisson. The surreal video for "Fortune Teller," directed by Petra Hermanová and filmed near Irglova's parents' Czech home, poses some interesting questions about aging and life's random chances as it sets a lovely stage for one of Muna's best songs.
When singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson of the soon-to-be-big Holy Holy had to pick a song to cover for an appearance on Australia's Triple J they went with the 80s chestnut "Love Will Tear Us Apart" from the pioneering UK band Joy Division. Crammed in a tiny radio station studio, Carroll, Dawson and band dig deep to find the bleak song's subtle anthemic qualities, turning a synth-beat classic into something new and fresh. Watch the Triple J video along with a version of Holy Holy's latest track "History" at the Currents page. Stream the studio version here.
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