Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

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Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by NickSouthampton » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:57 pm

One of the big reasons I love your songs is that whilst they sound great with a band, most of them are also brilliant with a single guitar. Every word sounds like it had to earn it's place.

Most of the new new music I hear at the moment seems to be more about the sound or the vibe than the words. My favourite at the moment, other that you, is WIll Varley, I just love "Size the Night" and "The Man Who fell to earth". he really works on the words too.

Can you suggest any other current artists who focus as much on the words as the feel and production of the music?

Anyone else got some suggestions?
Nick in "Sunny" Southampton.

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Post by DaveK » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:23 pm

I'll recommend the guy Frank just did a short tour with, Jason Isbell. I only started listening to him because of the tour, and I immediately fell in love with both the lyrics and the music. I think "If It Takes A Lifetime" is a perfect tune (my opinion anyway).

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Post by eleanordc » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:11 pm

Frightened Rabbit comes to mind for me. Scott Hutchinson is a lyrical genius, IMHO.

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Post by eleanordc » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:21 pm

* Hutchison, apologies for the typo!

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Post by waywardson » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:47 pm

Wil Wagner of The Smith Street Band is brilliant.

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Re: Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by NickSouthampton » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:10 am

Thank you for all the suggestions. I've only got to listen to Jason Isbell so far and although I wasn't initially impressed there is another level to his songs that I didn't hear at first. Definitely a fan now.The two I particularly like are "Speed TrapTown" and "24 Frames".
There is a clever thing that he does where 2 or more lines link together to form a longer sentence which seem to pull and push the rhythm. You can hear it on the chorus of 24 frames.

Thanks again Davek.

Any more suggestions?
Nick in "Sunny" Southampton.

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Re: Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by Sivvy » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:10 am

Aimee Mann is a fantastic lyricist in my opinion (check out her albums Bachelor No 2 or Whatever for some great examples) and I also think Justin Sullivan of New Model Army is hugely underrated in that regard (if NMA's musical style isn't your thing, he also did a stunning acoustic solo album a few years back).

But if I'm allowed to go retro, you really can't beat Loudon Wainwright III for lyrical genius. His more recent albums haven't quite hit the spot for me, but More Love Songs is a great place to start if you're not already familiar with his stuff.

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Post by Frederick » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:34 pm

Sivvy wrote:...you really can't beat Loudon Wainwright III for lyrical genius.
His song "Your mother and I" makes me weep. And the line "Your folks fell in love, love's a very deep hole" is just pure genius.
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Re: Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by goldust » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:36 am

John K Samson obviously

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats

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Post by NickSouthampton » Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:33 pm

Thank you for all the suggestions. I’ve really enjoyed hearing new things.

The two that really worked for me so far were Frightened Rabbit and John K Samson. Great songs and love the sound of Frightened Rabbit. I totally agree about Loudon Wainwright III, I’ve been a huge fan of "Career moves" since Frank recommended it a couple for years ago. The man is a genius.

I feel I should throw a couple back at the team that I really enjoy.

Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic fields is brilliant. Listen to “69 Love Songs”. So many different types, some great songs in there.

Lee Griffiths “Northern Songs” is amazing too. He is particularly good live.

Jeffrey Lewis “A turn in the dream-songs” quirky but great lyrics, “Cult boyfriend” and “Time Trades”

Any more suggestions?
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Re: Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by StillnotKatie » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:00 pm

Might I suggest Conor Oberst? I quite enjoy his lyrics. But maybe that's just me...
'Give every man thy ear but few thy voice' - Hamlet I.3

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Post by NickSouthampton » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:27 pm

StillnotKatie wrote:Might I suggest Conor Oberst? I quite enjoy his lyrics. But maybe that's just me...
You certainly can, just had a listen and I really like him.

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Post by Watergirl » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:56 pm

I'm a huge fan of Joe Pug. One of the best young(ish) songwriters in my opinion.
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Re: Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by wdw13 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:03 am

Otis Gibbs is one of my favourites - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc4zWf7AnGU

There's also Greg Trooper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeWxtV4UI7w

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Re: Any Sugestions for current songwriters?

Post by sara » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:33 pm

Since The Weakerthans (John K Samson) and Mountain Goats have already been recommended, I will add Josh Ritter to this list. He is from the same part of the world as I am (Northwest U.S.), so it may just be that I feel a bit of a 'hometown' connection to some of his lyrics (e.g., "Idaho", "Snow Is Gone"), but I also think he has some universally awesome tunes and lyrics. Start with these:

Monster Ballads (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDjwqDHA9sc) - about driving across the country and listening to soulless radio garbage: "Radio waves are coming miles and miles, bringing only empty boats. Whatever feeling they had when they sailed somehow slipped out between the notes. Out on the desert now and feeling lost; the bonnet wears a wire albatross. Monster ballads and the stations of the cross, sighing just a little bit."
I think the line "the bonnet wears a wire albatross" is one of the most fucking brilliant things I've ever heard.

Snow Is Gone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvzWwgrx2co) - "I'd rather be the one who loves than to be loved and never even know. ... I'm singing for the love of it—have mercy on the man who sings to be adored"

Temptation of Adam (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6rPn7uzIQ) - Every lyric in this one is great.

Idaho (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt_pU18CDBs) - "Out at sea for seven years, I got your letter in Tangier. Thought that I'd been on a boat 'til that single word you wrote - that single word it landlocked me, turned the masts to cedar trees, and the winds to gravel roads - Idaho, oh Idaho"

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