Welcome in the inaugural “Sad Bastard Sunday” here with the Paper Crane Collective! I will be your trusty guide into the slower side of music (I, being Sandy from the music blog Slowcoustic). If any of you are unfamiliar of what this bi-weekly post series will focus on and the name hasn’t given it away, I will diligently attempt to:
- Put you to sleep with music
- Make you angry there aren’t “jangly guitars”
- Introduce to you some of the best music you will hear…just at half the normal speed you prefer
I thought a good introduction to me and what you can expect would be to focus on two artists that both have new albums coming out that both are perfect examples of what to expect on your Paper Crane Sundays. The first artist is:
Josh T. Pearson
Pearson is still relatively new to me, but his upcoming album “Last of the Country Gentlemen” is one of the best sad bastard albums I have heard in a long, long time. The album is a collection of songs that seem to follow moments in Pearson’s life leading up to now – and it wasn’t all good. While the album consists of mostly acoustic or electro-acoustic solo material, it is the earnest lyrics and delivery that make this album what it seems to be: a dark, cathartic collection of beautiful country songs. And it has literally punched me in the teeth and dragged me deep inside it – this will be a top 10 album for 2011 over at Slowcoustic, I just know it. Listen to a Soundcloud stream of a version of “Sweetheart, I Ain’t Your Christ” with the help of Dustin O’Halloran on piano:
Find out more on Josh T. Pearson below
Next we have an artist that I am no stranger to and has been a staple for me for years now.
This Michigan native is expecting a new album on April 26th, 2011 called “Salt Year” and after having it on repeat for a week – this album will also be figuring very prominently in my favourite albums of 2011 (wow, you readers are getting the good stuff today!). The album title is taken from a song of the same name from a previous release and it is reworked into stunning effect as the title track of the Quite Scientific Release. Bathgate creates what most would call “folk” music, but there is something more there – he doesn’t just stick with the ballads (but those ballads are crushingly good), there is meat in them bones one could say. The songs carry weight at all times, small pauses, waning pedal steel and Bathgate’s sheer willingness to create a masterpiece.
The album is home to Bathgate and it has been a long time in coming and I would like to quote how the good folks at Quite Scientific describe the album:
“Salt Year continues where A Cork Tale Wake left off: slow and deliberate…a cacophony of ambient sounds… bleeding out with lyrical imagery delivered in the heartfelt vocal tone so many have come to know Chris Bathgate for. But, it quickly gains velocity, gets loud, embraces confrontation, and shows a more fully realized songwriter learning not to pull any punches. Instead of gently tugging at the heartstrings, it unabashedly tears at them. It addresses the darkest parts of relationships and ends with catharsis.”
Listen to the track “Poor Eliza” from the new album from a recent session with Mostly Midwest:
Also, you can grab the lead off single “No Silver” for exchange of an email address at his website. Visit and find more info, albums, free tracks visit Quite Scientific Records, join his Facebook Page or follow him on Twitter.
There you have it the first Sad Bastard Sunday around these parts. Hope you enjoyed.