It’s a twofer Tuesday at PoB!
Thanks to The New York Times for premiering The Weather Station‘s Loyalty, about which they observe:
Joni Mitchell has been casting a large shadow over folk music recently as we remember and celebrate her legacy. And it’s hard not to hear her whisper behind the voice of Tamara Lindeman.
– The New York Times
Pitchfork has also reviewed Loyalty in insightful detail, rating it a 7.8 and writing:
7.8. Lindeman’s third and best LP, Loyalty feels like a 40-minute glimpse into a secret world, where familiar people (sisters, mothers, lovers) and traditional sounds (a fingerpicked guitar, a patient piano) lead intriguing, uncanny lives. It’s a place that demands to be revisited. [The songwriting] puts Lindeman in the company of Bill Callahan and Joni Mitchell, songwriters whose careful combinations of pedestrian details and profound insights also created secret, self-sovereign worlds. And like both of those songwriters, she’s a singer with an unmistakable and communicative voice, able to convey hope and hurt with equal clarity. These are public folk songs about the private problems—breakups and makeups, depressions and deaths—we’ve all suffered.
– Grayson Haver Currin, Pitchfork
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Our friends at Stereogum are also premiering Kenny Knight‘s Crossroads along with a beautifully contextualized review.
The only album Kenny Knight ever released is about American Sadness: the especially poignant, timid melancholy of a people who are raised up to believe their dreams are destined to come true, the cold desolation that settles in when they don’t. These are cowboy lullabies with their outlaw instincts replaced by middle class ennui, and they are phenomenal. Each song on Crossroads sounds like it could spawn its own album, which is bound to happen when a songwriter of this generous, prolific nature is confined to releasing only one record. Crossroads is the railroad blues as told by someone who couldn’t make it out of Denver, and its reissue by Paradise of Bachelors doesn’t just feel timely, it feels necessary. Whether Knight knew it or not, his album title was a prophetic description of American history — the nation was certainly at a crossroads.
– Caitlin White, Stereogum
For more details and press, visit the album page, and pre-order here. Orders are now shipping!