We listen in to amazing live tracks by both Neil Young and Ryan Adams to pave the way for their respective returns to Oz. Also, in a fantastic cross-genre pollination, All Our Exes Live in Texas cover Tame Impala. Plus, we deconstruct what we know about the immanent release of the Rolling Stones new blues record Lonesome and blue. All this and more shoved into the bursting suitcase, as we also hear new music by Lost Ragas, Paul Kelly, Ariel Bui and Emma Swift!
"...the record showcases her guitar skills and knack for combining charming lo-fi experimental pop, folk, country, and blues with dark, observational lyrics about topics ranging from death to student loans."
"Bui’s dusky voice and unusual combination of countrypolitan with a shadowy, somewhat ominous and occasionally skewed approach pushes all sorts of boundaries." - Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter Magazine
"She’s a formally trained classical musician, but on this self-titled full-length she brings nearly jazzy elegance to songs that echo the measured control of fellow challenging Americana-related artistes like Calexico and Angel Olsen."
Songwriter says: "I wanted the overall sound of the album to be classic, yet subtly experimental — with a bridge between country and rock and roll — my internalized Nashville."
Bui's self-titled LP...lands right in the sweet spot of contemporary Americana. The first half...leans more towards trad country and R&B, while the second side stretches out into jazz and vintage pop — all expertly played by a boss crop of locals...(Bonus: If you buy the vinyl copy, it will have never touched a computer, having been recorded to tape with Andrija Tokic at his all-analog studio The Bomb Shelter.)"
"a glimpse deep into her soul, perfect for an autumn Sunday drive or a Tarantino soundtrack."
"Ariel Bui is not a one-track artist."