Archive for folk

New Bon Iver: Calgary

Posted in Stream with tags , , on 16 May, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

Bon Iver have just debuted their first track from their upcoming self-titled second album. It aired for the first time on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show not long ago, you can check it out over on his blog or below.

It has been a long time waiting for the first track to surface from this highly anticipated album. All we have had before this was one of the best teaser videos we here at Hotcakes have ever experienced. That 50 seconds of video Justin Vernon released was an incredible bit of music.

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Emphemetry – A Lullaby Hum for Tired Streets

Posted in Features, News with tags , , , , , , on 17 February, 2011 by Olivier

Emphemetry is the folky, post-rock solo project of Richard Birkin, a Midlands musician who also plays in the brilliantly named heavier rock band Crash of Rhinos.

Emphemetry’s debut album, A Lullaby Hum for Tired Streets, is out now and is available in a number of interesting formats. Firstly on good ol’ vinyl through Triste Records, CD through Time Travel Opps, a label Birkin himself founded, and getting to the interesting stuff – name your price digital download and if anyone still owns a tape deck on cassette through UK label Tapes Tapes Tapes Continue reading

Sufjan Stevens: Hotcakes Hindsight Award

Posted in Stream with tags , , , , on 10 January, 2011 by Chapperdeemus

Why didn’t I give this album a go sooner?

Since 2010’s end, I have been keeping an eye on which albums have been popping up at the business ends of all the lists that I have not given much attention to, if any.

Amongst the main ones, there has been The National’s High Violet, which, to be honest, I have found quite dull. Perfume Genius’s Learning has been a real find, being a perfect album to stick on when you need relaxing. Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest I have yet to listen to, but I would love a bit of feedback on whether it is worth giving it a go.

But the real winner here is Sufjan Stevens. I neglected The Age Of Adz, I was listening to other things and it passed me by, as some albums do. But it is a fantastic album that reminds me of Animal Collective’s experimentalism mixed with Grizzly Bear’s melodic expertise. Standout tracks that I cannot stop listening to include title track ‘The Age of Adz’ and ‘I Want to be Well’.

This one will keep me going easily while I wait for 2011 to kick in, I have a strange feeling that this year is going to be a slow burner compared to 2010.

Sufjan Stevens – I Want to be Well

Great Lakes – Summer Fruit

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , on 8 July, 2010 by Sim.R


New release from the Brooklyn-based country/folk group. Summer Fruit is the lead single from their new album Ways of Escape. This is normally the sort of song that I’d pass by and let Chapperdeemus or Olivier deal with but I’m feeling open minded today so here goes.

Great Lakes have been around since 1996 but this is their first release where Ben Crum features as the primary songwriter so it’ll be interesting to hear how the new album sounds. An acoustic piece that’s tinged with emotion throughout, as opposed to the more light-hearted feel of their previous work, it’s clear that the band have taken a different direction for their new LP. If Summer Fruit is anything to go by then this new approach is definitely working. More please.

Great Lakes – Summer Fruit

Ways of Escape is out 12 October 2010.

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