Brazos is the recording project of Martin Crane and company. After self-releasing "Phosphorescent Blues" in Austin TX, Martin moved to NY. It's American music based on an acoustic guitar and Martin's free floating vocal delivery. The lyrics are pastoral and influenced by written poetry (Martin set an Adrienne Rich poem to music on the first record). They are the kind of songs that can be played with no accompaniment. Brazos' live show is an intimate but intense power-trio-w-acoustic-guitar. Brazos will release a second album in May on Dead Oceans.
Ski Lodge is a two-way mirror into the mind of Andrew Marr: multi-instrumentalist, expressionist, and the newest member of the Dovecote Records family. Marr's inward-looking, earnest surf pop suggest, instead of Summer, a longing for Summer on an early Spring day. By funneling influences ranging from The Morning Benders to Arcade Fire and The Smiths into the sound of the Strokes and Vampire Weekend, Marr manages to bypass the epic, opting for a more brassy, lilting croon. It's music about forgiveness, youth, and staying on the long, meandering path toward an eventual home