Friday Playlist: A side of quiet melancholy to start your weekend right
Ben and Bruno
A lovely Michigan duo. Their sad harmonies are sad. They will make you sad too.
Great Lake Swimmers
Tony Dekker melts hearts and minds with his otherworldly voice. From the Palmistry release.
Dave Rawlings Machine
This is what Gillian Welch has been getting up to the last couple of years. This song is a melding of a Bright Eyes tune with Neil Young’s beautiful creeper, Cortez the Killer.
Great laid back banjo and lovely vocals on this shambling tune by newcomer Emma Hill from rural Alaska.
The Harlan Twins
This one starts out drowning its sorrows on a barstool then moves to the street in a drunken brawl. Brilliant.
Sam Quinn and Japan Ten
A beautiful downer from another sweet Ramseur band.
The last track on the sandpaper throated singer’s album, Matchbox.
*Image is Pittsburgh at Night, by Aaron Harry Gorson, circa 1915*