Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SUSTO, the Lovely Few to release new albums April 1

No joke, these are big releases from S.C. bands

Posted by Paul Bowers on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 4:36 PM

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We're hoping this isn't some elaborate April Fool's joke, but two South Carolina bands have announced they will release full-length albums next Tuesday — and they're both brilliant.

First off, we've got Charleston-based Americana act SUSTO, who Dropboxed us a copy of their self-titled debut album a couple of weeks ago. The sound is dark and refined, with lightly smoky vocals and doleful Telecaster tones over strummed and finger-picked acoustic guitar with hard-driving drums. Lyrically, frontman Justin Osborne manages to pull off something rustic but genuine — don't expect a lot of songs about trains and cowboys, but you do get the sense that a few packs of cigarettes and bottles of whiskey went into this one.

One of the standout tracks, "Vampiro 66," appeared on the latest SceneSC sampler:

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The other big release coming on April 1 is The Geminids by Columbia electro-folk-pop band The Lovely Few. Lead singer Mike Mewborne has a few healthy obsessions in this world, chief among them indie superstar Sufjan Stevens and the field of astronomy. Both shine through on The Geminids, the third installment in a cycle of albums meant to be soundtracks for meteor showers.

Burbling electronic arrangements. Trumpet solos. Delicate male vocals. Songs about the cosmos, songs about fatherhood, and a haunting industrial-tinged song called "Tyndarids" about Jesus bringing "not peace but instead a sword." Here are a couple of tracks they released early on Bandcamp, "Gemini" and "Venus":

The Geminids will be available on Bandcamp. SUSTO is available for pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp. We recommend you buy both of them next Tuesday and hole up in your room with some headphones for a while.

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