THE PEW PLAYLIST: NEW AMERICANA MUSIC FOR AUGUST 17, 2020

Yes, normally the Pew Playlist comes out on Fridays. However, this week we’ve got our list of new music coming your way just in time to help you get through the work week.

Without further ado, here is this week’s Pew Playlist presented in the order they were added to the list.  Music is sorted for an enjoyable “mixtape” experience.  But feel free to shuffle it up!

“WALKING ON A WIRE”  –  THE IMAGINARIES

With their third single, “Walking on a Wire,” husband and wife duo The Imaginaries once again prove they’re going to be a force to reckon with in the Americana scene. Brilliant harmonies meld as the pair reflect on the struggle of dealing with missed opportunities while holding on to optimism for the future. Driving home the duality of the song’s theme, the electric guitar and piano melodies shift between ominous and joyous, playing perfectly with the pair’s vocal nuances.

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“SOMETIMES” –  A JAY WADE

The blog doesn’t get a lot of submissions that contain the words “western crooner” and those that we do are not usually serious works. However, it only takes a few seconds listening to A. Jay Wade‘s version of Adolph Hofner’s “Sometimes” to realize it’s a song that demands you take notice. With gentle harmonies, a nostalgic shuffle in its rhythm, and a hearty helping of guitar, fiddle, and jangling piano, the song embraces everything that makes old-school country-western great.

A JAY WADE Sometimes Cover Art

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“PAPER BOAT”  –  IMOGEN CLARK

With “Paper Boat,” Australian artist Imogen Clark serves up a break up song that refuses to wallow in its sorrow. Singing lyrics that could be mired in sadness instead are sung with a powerful confidence and firm resolve. Even when the song builds and the minimal drum beat gives way to a lush electric-guitar filled musical landscape, the vocals remain front and center, giving Clark’s words more intensity.

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“THE 99”  –  TWO BIRD STONE (ft. SARAH SISKIND & KENNY VAUGHAN)

Traditional instrumentation, contemplative lyrics, and an honest, folksy sound; all of the elements of classic Americana are present on “The 99” from Two Bird Stone. The wonderful interplay between the leading banjo and responding fiddle are what truly make the song standout.

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“HORSES IN THE SKY” – KRIS DELMHORST

Kris Delmhort looks for hope in hopelessness in her latest single, “Horses in the Sky.” The song does an amazing job of using little things–such as the flourishes of harp and the well placed touches of electric guitar–to keep it delightfully minimal, yet deeply expressive.

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“HOMESICK”  – NICK KINGSWELL

Reflecting on the feelings his move from Australia to the UK inspired, Nick Kingswell brings us one of the most distinctive sounds of the year on “Homesick.” The interplay between Kingswell’s pure vocal expression and the feverish rhythm instantly capture your attention. Once the song gathers its full strength, Kingswell’s flush of emotion is wonderfully accented by dynamic electric guitar and fierce violin, giving the song a bold, epic feel.

Nick Kingswell

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“TREEHOUSE”  –  LAURA MUSTARD

Pure escapism takes musical form on Laura Mustard‘s buoyant, summery “Treehouse.” You can check out our full Mother Church Pew Premiere for the music video for “Treehouse.”

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“SWITCH”  –  SERA

Folk music gets an energy jolt on the latest single “Switch” by Welsh singer-songwriter SERA. You can also check out the Mother Church Pew Album Review of SERA’s new record, When I Wake Up.

SERA Switch Cover Art

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“OLD HABITS”  –  JENNY O.

Jenny O. takes us on an introspective journey as she ponders the challenges of life. Thanks to its use of organ to lead the song’s musical glow, “Old Habits” has a deep, restless aura.

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“EVELYN”  – DAVID STONE 

A gentle acoustic guitar melody leads David Stone‘s ode of adoration for his newborn daughter. The honest, emotional inflection in both lyrics and the vocals are what make “Evelyn” connect with just about anyone.

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