Feb 17 2015

Discrete People

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• You dig ambient slackerness as Kurt Vile or Mac DeMarco? Well you should. Here’s something for your veins, WT and the album Discrete People

WT wrote their new album, released January 30th, after exploring America, from New York, to Maine, to California, to Nashville, where it was finally recorded. Check out great song Don´t Hang Your Love On Me.


Aug 6 2014

A day to go WOW

Jonas

Tomorrow hell breaks loose in our home town of Gothenburg, Sweden.

• We sure look forward hanging out with the fine young men of Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires:

• Or with the legend-AAAARY dude Seasick Steve:

• Or the airy sweetness of Kurt Vile:

Wonderful stuff as  Conor Oberst, Motörhead, Queens of the Stone Age, Bo Ningen, Neko Case, Bill Callahan and Broken Twin are ahead. Giddyup, Way Out West.


Dec 17 2013

7 Best Albums of 2013 – According to Kentuckyseven

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1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Jason Isbell made the best album of 2013. Full stop. A full-lenght album with full-strength. You feel this, it took all of Isbells powers, all of his energy and force – through the pain and wonders of everday life. This is a complete and perfect record with lyrics that ring true, we can only thank the Alabamaman. For fans of Ryan Adams, this is the record who should have followed the era of Heartbreaker and Gold. For fans of everyone else, this is masterpiece.

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2. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

We had the pleasure of seeing Matthew Houck and his compadres this summer at Way Out West festival. A magical performance in the rain. The way his songs just grows on you it is unbelievable. From the first listen to Muchacho, it was clear that this album was going to end up on this list. As well as on many other EOY’s around. The mix of sounds and emotions on the album, the diversity, just makes it all make sense. This man is a genius. Pure and true.

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3. Possessed by Paul James – There will be nights when I´m lonely

Genius Konrad Wert, aka Possessed by Paul James, made a bewitching album. This one-man-alt.country-folk-trooper found the essence of Kentuckyseven along the way. Bewildering music, goose-bumps the size of Louisville, stuff that makes you wanna find love and never ever look back. The soundtrack of brilliance. Chillin´, straight-shooting, bone-crunching stuff. We bow to a seven out of seven supreme.

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4. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze

When artists like the Philly son Kurt Vile releases albums, the only thing you can be sure of is that it will be at least awesome as hell. Though the sound is very familiar, and few surprises are laid out on the table, the feeling of satisfaction is present. That particular guitar sound that eludes from the strings on this album is no exception. This is an album to carefully place next to the other golden ones from mr Vile, and keep for a long long time.

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5. The Shouting Matches – Grownass Man

The title of the record says it all. This is nothing for the average teenager. Hero Justin Vernon turned bluesrock, a galaxy away from Bon Iver, and created a smashing and wonderful 10-pack of songs. Starts out with the Back In Black-inspired opener Avery Hill and it´s a smooth slope from that point. Heavy shit, very groovy. Dancemusic for the wicked. Serenades of boloney. Every grain of sand from the desert of laidback awesomeness.

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6. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Mayberry

Who would have known that 2013 would be the year of humming ”They don´t make men like Andy Griffith anymore”? The song Mayberry sticks like glue, a absolute treasure in the big ocean of treasures this record provides. The Portlandband is, among other things, the voice of Michael Dean Damron and harmonica twang of David Lipkind. Great lyrics with a blackened and unpolished sense of America unveiled. It makes us shiver and shake.

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7. Holly Williams – The Highway

Being the granddaughter of Hank Williams, daughter of Hank Jr and half-sister of Hank III, you have some stuff to live up to, if you wanna be a country artist. Holly Williams really wanted to be a model, and had no interest in music growing up. But happily for all of us, she decided to give it a shot. This last album, her third, is more mature than the earlier, rich in sound and feel. The songs are very intimate and private, and real. Dark yet melodic and crisp from a to z.

 

 


Dec 9 2011

20 Best Albums of 2011 – According to Kentuckyseven

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1.    The Head & The Heart – The Head & The Heart
This band did it for us this year, first an amazing live performance and then the album. Mr Jon Russel and the other geniuses play good old Folk/Americana/Roots you name it, but with a smell of greatness that excelled throughout the year. This is the album of the year.

2.    Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Imagine an orchard. The sun setting. You are among friends and lovers. You take a glass of the local wine and you think about the trees, the harvest and the moon. It´s all here. Fleet Foxes made a true masterpiece that will stand the test of time.

3.    Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Mr Vile, took some time to get to know. But with this massive ring of smoke he got the full attention. Some Dylan some BRMC and a lot of clean guitars to go with it. Damn this man is something else.

4.    Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Having released pure gold for the last couple of years since the debut, it came as no surprise that Justin Vernon had another batch of magic to send out to his flock of followers. File this under “Golden”.

5.    Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe seven – This round is on Me EP
As the title of the record implies – Maxim Ludwig and his band equals buddies you´d love to hang out with. The music is brilliant and very American, Springsteenish and Pettyish. Very, very, very dear to us.

6.    City and Colour – Little Hell
With no fear, in a darkened place, this album lits up wherever you will go. It spills of melodies that lingers and creates the genuine sound of that music that can inspire and still keep you wanting more.

7.    The Far West – The Far West
The Far West got under our skin. It´s country as it´s supposed to be, old-time yet interesting. Heartland stuff. Song titles as “Bound to Loose” and “Bitter Drunk & Cold” tells a story – crank up the volume and hear about it.

8.    My morning Jacket – Circuital
Sometimes, not very often, an album comes along that is bigger, better and more brutal then other things in life. MMJ made that record. This one is thoroughly made, 100 % full proof. It´s a rock n roll album and we´re just glad to smell the napalm.

9. The Black Keys – El Camino
To follow up a massive success like Brothers (2010) is hard. But these fellas are the ones to pull it off. Even if it doesn’t really fill up the void that has been since the last album, this is real. This is what rock is supposed to be. Still with that garage rock feeling to it. The Keys will rule the genre for a long long time.

10.    John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
Where to begin? John Hiatt made one of the absolutely best songs of the year in the opener “Damn This Town”. Fateful down to the core. The album is a tour de force, old school and beautiful, a true companion. A keeper.

11.    Israel Nash Gripka – Barn Doors and Concrete Floors
This dude from Missouri keeps Americana alive. Creedence, Crazy Horse and Ryan Adams; sure – we got his influences in our veins. But this is the real deal. Mr Gripka got us dancing on our graves.

12. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
Waiting for this album has been painful. Lungs from 2009 was one of the best albums of that year, and when Ceremonials finally was released, it was like love began all over again. The dog days are over. Florence is back.

13.    Joe Fletcher & The wrong reasons – White Lighter
Joe Fletcher is probably the coolest cat around. Together with his reasons they got a sound that many great bands would sell their souls for. I write this with my foot stomping the floor. Heavy Country!

14.    Yuck – Yuck
You can hear Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and other great influences while examining the DNA of Yuck. What a debut from this UK-band who swings at the USA-90´s – hitting it out of the stadium.

15.    William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs
WEW always got a place in our Kentuckysevenheart. We believe every word he sings. The banjo, the voice, the earth. The honesty, the tales, the late-night-comfort. Listening to Field Songs pretty much sums it up.

16.    Dolorean – The Unfazed
Al James of Dolorean is one the most talented storytellers we’ve ever stumbled upon. This album is no exception. Makes you wishing you could just move to Portland, sit on a porch, and just listen to that real country guitars and piano all day. Masterpiece.

17.    The Apache Relay – American Nomad
Feetstomping feel and severely addictive album, from the bearded and supertalented indie root musicians who are the Apache Relay. You can’t help yourself, you just listen and get sucked in.

18.    Jeff the Brotherhood – We are the champions
True, raw and that kind of sound that you wish you could have created yourself. These guys have a way of creating music that few could upbring. It’s simple, yet right on the money. The Buzz is still building up.  Stay Up Late, and listen.

19.    Times New Viking – Dancer Equired
This one itches, hits you hard in the belly and will not go away. An awesome band from Columbus, Ohio who makes their lo-fi-punk-songs in their own special way. Extremely cool.  TNW is talent with a stiff upper lip.

20.    Explosions in the sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Seeing the band at Way Out West this year just proved once again why this band is so great. With just tunes, the music tells stories that you would never have read anywhere else. It’s all over the chart. It’s just that great.

7 great that could have been up there with the other magic albums…

¤ Tom Waits – Bad as me
¤ Feist – Metals
¤ Gillian Welch – The harrow and the harvest
¤ The Cave Singers – No witch
¤ Drive-By Truckers – Go go boots
¤ Wye Oak  – Civilian
¤ War on Drugs – Slave Ambient