Music for your mellow mood… enjoy!
Will Johnson: Scorpion
Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, New Multitudes) is one of those guys: either you love his music obsessively or you just haven’t listened to enough of it yet. His newest album is a great place to start. Here, he’s barely above a whisper, singing moody tales of love and woe with a quiet intensity that permeates the entire set. But this is much more complex and interesting than your normal singer/songwriter fare. Throwing in some beautiful instrumental pieces and with strong material throughout, Scorpion is a virtuoso performance that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Beachwood Sparks: The Tarnished Gold
If you’re going to wait 10 years to drop another album on the world, it should be this good. I know that this one has gotten a little press here at Hidden Track, but I had to throw my word in for one of my favorite albums in 2012 (I know I say that every week). Crunchy, psychedelic country music from a gone-but-not-forgotten era – right down to the band and album name and cover art — sounds right at home here and now: Haight-Asbury’d acoustic, electric and steel guitars meet lush Laurel-Canyon’d harmonies to smile-inducing effect. This is the musical equivalent of putting some West coast sunshine in a jar and saving it for a cold, dark mid-February New England. Of course, you can enjoy it any day… and should!