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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
Dude, The Obscure (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 22, 2018*
Athens, Georgia’s T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs) is set to release his third solo album via Normaltown Records. Titled Dude, The Obscure, the album is a work that Morris says “flowed from a creative space I found at the intersection of dreams and reality.” In captivating songs, Morris sheds the traps of ambition and nostalgia and uncovers the strange satisfaction of living in the moment.
Even the album title, “Dude, The Obscure,” hints at self-discovery. In an homage to English author Thomas Hardy’s novel, “Jude, The Obscure,” Morris reveals his love for literature, philosophy and poetry — along with a secret about his stage name.
“Thomas Hardy is my given name, and Dude, The Obscure is a moniker I considered using as an artist,” Morris said. “The hat tip to the novel seemed appropriate for the album because it deals with doubts, joys, regrets and spirituality, a lifelong journey and such.”
Each song on the album seems compelled by Morris’ desire to help himself— and others— conquer the void of everyday meaninglessness. It’s an effort philosopher Maurice Blanchot described as the anguish of writing: “You have to cross an abyss, and if you do not jump, you do not comprehend.” Morris takes that leap to find universal truth by navigating sometimes opposing perspectives within moments that change lives. Morris beautifully warns us not to succumb to the fear of missing out that stands in the way of contentment on the album’s defining moment, “Cheating Life, Living Death.” Every dream is an invitation / To leave your love up on the shelf / When you walk out every evening / Cheating life and living death.”
For the sessions, Morris made the familiar pilgrimage to Adam Landry’s home studio in Nashville. The longtime collaborators took their time and gave each song the opportunity to grow unaffected by outside influence except the magic that happens when two friends lock themselves in a smoky shed to make music, and a few pals stop by.
Within 11 powerful songs, the Athens rocker reveals scars and shares lessons from an indie-rock odyssey that has taken him around the world and back home to find himself a little older and closer to something like enlightenment.
And just in time for a new journey to begin.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Be
2. Homemade Bliss
3. The Night Everything Changed
4. Cheating Life, Living Death
5. When the Record Skips
6. Stage Names
7. No Reason
9. Lit By Midnight
10. 4 Days of Rain
11. Purple House Blues
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Royal BlueEast Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt will release Royal Blue - the feisty, adventurous and smart follow-up to her critically lauded debut full-length Let Down. Recorded at producer Adam Landry’s (Deertick, Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris) Nashville studio Playground Sound, the twelve new tracks skirt the edges of any neat genre definitions, boldly combining sounds of Austin folk rock, Pacific Northwest indie, pre-Oasis Britpop, 90’s alt guitars, 00’s indie synths and New York punk circa 1977.1. Far Away
2. Off Track
3. Too Bad
4. Get This Right
5. Worth It
6. Somebody's Daughter
7. Jesus Would've Let Me Pick The Restaurant
8. Heart Attack
9. Your Choice
11. I Don't Do Those Things Anymore
12. Royal Blue
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Stay LostThe Athens, GA and Nashville, TN four-piece White Violet returns with their sophomore effort Stay Lost. A more upbeat sequel to the band’s dreamy and dark debut Hiding, Mingling, the new record was tracked at Mitch Easter’s legendary Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, NC, with master engineer Scott Solter (Centro-Matic, Spoon, Superchunk).
What sets Stay Lost apart from previous releases is that this is not the sole brainchild of singer/songwriter Nate Nelson. The eleven new songs find a finely honed, battle-worn lineup collectively exploring the wide-open soundscapes that once belonged to Nelson alone. More upbeat, the album soars aloft ethereal guitars, airtight melodies, and eccentric and galvanizing rhythms.1. Weighs
2. Stay Lost
4. All That I’ve Become
5. Grow Tall
7. The Alarmist
10. Autumn Grove
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SunswimmerFrom just south of the Appalachian Mountains, in the rolling hills of Athens, GA., comes the roaring young four-piece, New Madrid. Following the critical acclaim of their 2012 independently released album Yardboat, the band signed with Normaltown records and promptly began work on their sophomore album Sunswimmer.
Recorded during a cool, rainy July, under the direction of David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), the aural landscapes forged in sunswimmer become almost palpable. Combining reverb-drenched vocal harmonies, soaring underwater noise and floating, meandering melodies, the sounds don't exit the speakers as much as they condense and hang in the air like the humid athens summer that birthed them.1. All Around The Locust (Out On The Pavement)
3. Forest Gum
4. Dead Legs
5. Find My Blood
7. And She Smiles
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Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
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