I was recently provided with a stellar couple of songs from one of my new favourite bands, White Pines. You could say that Joseph Scott (and crew) provide, in my opinion, the definition of the Michigan “folk” scene. I don’t necessarily consider the sounds created as exclusively folk, but for lack of a better word, I say folk. If you think of the strum of an acoustic guitar, echos of vocals that are soo smooth and complimentary to the entire song, then “Folk” it is.
I was planning on posting on this new release from Jumberlack this week, but when I was forced to see a tweet from the Quite Scientific guys about a White Pines show, it just hit me like hammer across the forehead! Damn I love the scene out in the North East of America! Not to sway too far off topic, but the Elbow Room (Ypsilanti, MI)) last night hosted probably one of the best line-ups in my opinion that would be possible…anywhere! Chris Bathgate, White Pines and Strand of Oaks! I immediately thought I have to post on the new White Pines releases & giveaway!
Okay, the 7″ is just released at the Jumberlack Store (HERE) and is two new tracks from White Pines to help kick off the tour that started on Feb. 10th. The tracks are reminiscent of the sound from “A Face Made of Wood” the phenomenal EP from 2009 but grow on its great sound. The new songs are longer, more layered, uber lush and at points you almost feel you need headphones to completely immerse yourself in it (this is exactly how you want to spend the 5+ minutes of Name As Son, believe me). This Side B, Name As Son, is the type of song that has the echo and chant of late night gothic folk – the cadence of the percussion pulling the song and you along with it, fantastic. Also, if you are familiar with the previous White Pines EP, you might feel that “pull” toward the side A, Gather The Children, which I feel can do no wrong and fits my mental impression of Michigan Folk and finds itself a bit more singer songwriter influenced. Maybe it is just the timbre of Scott’s voice or the beauty in the songs themselves, I just can’t say enough about White Pines.
Usually you get one track that is well ahead of the other in a 7″ situation but these two are fairly evenly matched – they are not identical sounding and actually accent two parts of the same sound. Gather the Children is a steady paced sing-along while Name As Son is the slow gallop of chamber folk, being powerful, melodic and intoxicating. If you like the slowed down, almost bluesy folk at times you will love White Pines and find this 7″ a must. Let’s take a listen shall we?
So this is where the good stuff comes in! The fine folks at Jumberlack are providing not 1 but 2 giveaways from Slowcoustic today. One is the 7″ (listen above) and the other is both the 7″ and the “A Face Made Of Wood” EP! If you are worried about vinyl, the 7″ comes with a download as well, so do not fret my children of the 00’s.
WIN STUFF HERE:
(courtesy of Jumberlack)
- So, the first person to email admin (at) slowcoustic.com with the actual title of the 7″ release – you will win the a copy of the vinyl!
- The first person to email admin (at) slowcoustic.com with where in the list I had “A Face Made of Wood” in my post for Best EPs of 2009 in my post from last December (i.e. What #/where was White Pines on the list), will win both the EP and the vinyl!!!!
p.s. How bout a sample of the EP? Try “Speak With The Dead”!