Daniel Lanois has done just about everything in music, from producing the biggest U2 records to his own critically acclaimed solo records. He’s a major force in the business. So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by his newest project; an instrumental record awash in atmospherics and his own pedal steel guitar.
Joining him on Belladonna are Malcolm Burn, Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade. This is the type of record you should really hear in one sitting. There’s not one standout track or certainly not a radio single but the songs flow together as one. Nontheless here’s two from Belladonna. Buy it here from Anti-Records (Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Neko Case).
Bedroom Walls is almost sold out of their self-released, limited edition ep A Species of Idleness. I’ve written about them in the past and just can’t get enough of their baroque pop (they coined the term Romanticore to describe their sound). If you want one of the 10 that are left you’d better act fast. You can say you knew them when…since they are about to sign with an indie label. Here’s two songs from the ep. Buy it here.