Portland band Us Lights are about to embark on a European tour, and their winning eight-song debut album is going to accompany them, in CD and vinyl versions. We'll have to wait a bit longer for a US release, it sounds like; but in the meantime, here's another preview track. "Mothers Fathers" combines electric and acoustic sounds for a moody, determined piece that is both dirgelike and catchy. Us Lights headline a show at Mississippi Studios tomorrow night before crossing the pond for a tour that will take them through eastern Europe and Vienna's Waves Festival.
James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys occasionally come over the mountains to play a show in Portland, but for their upcoming record release, they're sticking to their hometown of Pendleton. That goes down on September 12 at Pendleton's Great Pacific—the same weekend as the Pendleton Round-Up—and here's a listen from Many Spendored Things. Kindle and the Playboys are joined on this one by Laura Gibson, for a twanging country song that's as easygoing as floating down the Umatilla River.
A couple weeks back, we mentioned that Portland band Greylag had signed to respected indie label Dead Oceans. A new song shortly followed that news, so here's the lovely, sumptuous "Another," which kicks off the upcoming self-titled album (due out October 14). Twelve-string guitars and mandolins lend this tune what Stereogum aptly called a Led Zeppelin III vibe, and there's also a smoky quality and harmonies that remind a little of Fleet Foxes. More on Greylag as that album—it's very good—approaches its release date.
More Music Monday—with tracks from Dana Buoy, Shy Girls, and the Fourth Wall—after the jump!
Dana Buoy's new Preacher EP is out now, and here's the sunny, inspiriting "Isla Mujeres." This is just as winning as the title track (which premiered a little while back), a humid but invigorating pop song that glimmers in the sun. Dana Buoy—the recording project of Akron/Family drummer Dana Jannsen—is currently on tour with Sylvan Esso, who are selling out venues across the US. Dana Buoy (and Sylvan Esso) will hit Portland on August 25, for a show that is indeed sold out.
Shy Girls also had a new tune drop a couple weeks ago, and we're still playing catchup. "All for Show" was produced by Jagwar Ma's Jono Ma, and it's a denser, darker affair than some of their woozily romantic stuff from the Timeshare EP. Right now the song's a stand-alone single—no news yet of Shy Girls' forthcoming debut album, although one is surely one the way eventually—and the band just wrapped up their Lollapalooza and MusicfestNW sets. Up next: some October shows with Little Dragon.
We'll end today with another fine new track from the Fourth Wall's excellent new album Lovely Violence (check out the title track here). This is a stormy mini-epic with a soaring guitar line and a Crazy Horse style of slow stomp. It stops, and starts up again even bigger—turn this one loud. Lovely Violence has been available digitally (for free!) for a couple weeks now, but the Fourth Wall will release a physical edition of the record this Saturday night, at a show at the High Water Mark on NE MLK.