RIYL: Ryan Adams, Deas Vail, Rachael Yamagata and Future Islands
This week at Green Light Go we're revamping RIYL. As a music lover, I know it's hard to stand the wait for an upcoming album, especially when it's less than a week away. So, to tide you over until some of our favorite top acts release albums, check out some of the great similar artists we have on our roster.
Next week, Ryan Adams is planning his release of Ashes & Fire, only this time, he's without his backing band, the Cardinals. What I've heard of the album on NPR and Stereogum is that it sounds like he's returned to his Heartbreaker and Gold days (which I'm definitely alright with). While I anticipate the release of his thirteenth album, there's a few GLG artists that'll give me my fix: be sure to take a look at Cowboy & Indian's "Troubled Tracks", The Handsome Family's "Drinking Beer On The Roof" and Cabin Dogs' "Twlight".
Also upcoming for next week is mellow indie rockers Deas Vail. I saw them open for Copeland on their farewell tour and they were spectacular. Each album they release, I find myself enjoying them more and more and I suspect their self-titled album will be the same. In the meantime, Bear Lake is a great up and coming band right in our own backyard. They've got the same mellow indie rock sound I love, especially on cool fall Michigan nights. If you're a fan of Deas Vail, or even well executed indie rock melodies, be sure to download their single, "Scissors".
Next up is Rachael Yamagata and her upcoming release, Chesapeake. Her subtle, singer-songwriter approach to indie is refreshing and I think part of her staying power is in the fact that she can play several instruments well. Here at GLG, we've got girl singers with a great singer-songwriter approach to hold you over. Take a listen to Sharaya Mikael's "3 Ft. From Gold", Ariel Abshire and her single "Fourth Of July" and Abbie Barrett and the Last Date with "Draw Me In".
Last up, we have Future Islands, a new wave electropop band, with their upcoming album On The Water. I'm not entirely sure who organized the whole new wave, synthpop revival in indie music these days, but whoever did certainly deserves a pat on the back. New to the GLG family, be sure to take a listen to Public Jones and their first single, "Alright". Also, pay attention as the press starts rolling in on them!
Check out my playlist on this week's RIYL on Spotify!
Every week, we'll tell you about a few of our favorite records coming out for the week and a few of our bands that we recommend if you like. Not as a, "Hey, this band sounds exactly like that band," but as more of a, "As a music fan, you might enjoy something similar."