In my mind I may have already typecast Langhorne Slim’s music as crazed-one-man-band-rebel-folk-blues. So it was a slight surprise to hear songs from his new record that are fleshed out with cello, piano and pop melodies I wasn’t even sure he was capable of. Langhorne has one of those horrible major label stories I’m sure. He was signed by V2 in a move that could only be called mystifying. Sure, it was clear he was a major talent, but it was also clear that this was not a guy that they could change and meld into a safe bet like a Damien Rice or Ray LaMontagne. Of course he was promptly dropped by V2 and has now reappeared on the respected indie label Kemado.
His new self titled record is out on April 29th and features the song “Restless” from his V2 EP Engine along with 12 other new tracks. Picking out a song was pretty easy as Langhorne has chosen “Diamonds And Gold” as one of his favorites from the record. Like the others from the record it’s virtually abandoned the frantically strummed guitar of his previous records and notorious live shows.
It’s a bit absurd how often I’ve written about Dawn Landes. I’ve been talking about her newly re-released record Fireproof for what seems like two years. But she’s deserving of such high praise. This song is the A-side to a 7″ she did with The Earlies. You can buy it here; Dawn’s off on a European tour supporting Josh Ritter on March 20th. But first you can catch her at SXSW at St. David’s Church on Thursday the 13th.