To call the music of Robert Ellis ‘country’ isn’t wrong, but it does miss the complexity of sounds and styles he regularly brings to his music.
The title track of his previous album Photographs stood out for its weepy melody and Ellis’s aching voice.
This year, though, Ellis has emerged with a new album — The Lights from the Chemical Plant — that’s every bit as strong, but shifts focus away from anything overtly honky tonk.
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Alt-country artist Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg) joined up with Deer Tick’s John McCauley to create a moody soundtrack for the documentary Oxyana, which is about the oxycontin epidemic in Appalachia.
The film looks interesting (trailer above, or watch the whole thing).
And the soundtrack is haunting. Hear it via a Soundcloud link below.
Continue reading ‘Oxyana’ soundtrack features Jonny Fritz, John McCauley
Another song that’s been haunting me this year is “Line of Fire” by the Swedish group Junip. The band features singer/guitarist José González. Mesmerizing — I can’t stop playing this song.
The video for the song, too, is haunting. It’s directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson, watch it below:
(Featured image at top is a video still that initially appeared on Trendland)