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Ok, so... what has folk rock been missing?
Based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, these two really know what they're doing. While others are noodling and hoping to score a nice melody and a few fans, Greenville are entirely their own. Smart finger-picking and clever implementation of the staples of the genre (harmonica, mandolin, etc.) make them a refreshing breath in a sort of music that maintains its form better than most.
Being such a driving force in musical journalism, I got an advance copy (my sister knows a guy) of their new album and am pleased to say that I was floored.
Ryan Bahnaman's voice keeps the whole thing tied together beautifully. While not holding to a regiment of perfection, the small idiosyncrocies make the music so real, it's surreal. The subject matter makes these twenty-year-olds seem like they've been around forever. What would Dylan say?
The best way to describe Greenville is "perfectly-flawed." Never getting too far ahead of themselves, and always honest to the T, Greenville is the most exciting folk project I've heard in a long time. Welcome to Greenville, their debut album, is exactly what you need to hear. Don't doubt them for a second... it's not worth it.
Here's another totally georgeous track:
Greenville - Waiting
Almost reminds you of Kozelek, huh? I love this stuff...
Boy Least Likely To - "Faith (George Michael Cover)" (From YANP)
So Josh Rouse has appeared on about a million Best Of lists and I have denied him the right of a listen for really no apparent reason... maybe I just don't like his name. Well, it turns out that I was very wrong in my choices as Josh Rouse has been my number one listen this past week tallying on my iTunes with a staggering 30 listens since Friday. Take a listen to my new most favorite song, "It Looks Like Love." (Link courtesy of Swoon)
Josh Rouse - "It Looks Like Love"
Josh Rouse has this wierd disco/Spanish/lounge/indie feeling. I've been dying for it and you should be too.
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Also, get your Josh Rouse fill courtesy of this LiveJournal Community.
They have three of his albums, Dressed Up Like Nebraska (1996), Home (2000) and his new one Subtitulo (2006) which I just bought and I am loving it long time.