Much better known in Europe than in the US (thanks in large part to John Peel), France's Herman Dune have been around for over a decade, busy pioneering the "anti-folk" movement that has had a mutually influential relationship with countless bands, from Belle & Sebastian...

A festival that manages to bring in quality folk, bluegrass, alt-country, and indie rock bands without feeling blown-out, over-run, and over-saturated. dr. dog Dr. Dog seem to be constantly, eternally on tour, and their spirited jams are easy pop jams to enjoy when...

With GAYNGS' first composition, "The Gaudy Side Of Town," record producer Ryan Olson crafted what would later be the album opener for GAYNGS' first release, entitled Relayted. This early track was so impressive that it reeled in collaborations from members of Megafaun, Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, and Lookbook. Relayted became almost like a songwriting challenge, given its intense collaboration and the fact that every track on this album shares a common 69 BPM's.

 

As the album's first single, "The Gaudy Side Of Town" is a brilliant example of soul influences in modern indie rock. Jazzing up traditional R&B songwriting structures, beats, and vocal stylings with psychedelic guitarwork, the first two tracks of Relayted give off a relaxed vibe like one conjured up by freak folkers, Woods. But when a cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry" appears, the album veers strangely into alt-country territory. Yet, it is not so far removed from the previous tracks that it's a huge shocker; perhaps "Cry" is just a stylistic anomaly, and that seems true when "No Sweat" steers the album back into R&B territory