Andrea & Mud: “Laborious Life”
Preachers of the “surf-western” gospel, Atlanta’s Andrea Colburn and Kyle “Mud” Moseley are again with one other entry to their canon of vivid storytelling with a cinematic spice. Their newest tune is about, properly, arduous instances — some extent in a single’s life when all the pieces appears to be going improper. “There’s no cash in my pocket, there’s water dripping from the tap” and “There’s nothing however grey within the sky.”
As you may need guessed, this music was closely impressed by residing by the pandemic. The duo lived on a farm outdoors Atlanta, and the music displays the wonder, and isolation, of that have.
Initially from St. Louis, Colburn got here of age listening to blues musicians like Robert Johnson and blues-influenced rock like Led Zeppelin. She moved to Georgia in 2012 and launched a solo album, Unhappy Songs & Switchblades, in 2015. A yr later, she met Moseley (who earned his “Mud” nickname as an artwork main who favored to work quite a bit with clay) at Star Bar in Little 5 Factors. Two years later, they produced the full-length album Straightforward, Sleazy and Greazy. Then, two years after that, Dangerous Information Darlin’, co-produced by Damon Moon. Two extra years have rolled round, and lo, we've been graced with this compelling new work. You possibly can catch them enjoying on the Inman Park Competition on April 24.
small pockets: “Heads or Tales”
A latest transplant to Atlanta from Nashville, singer-songwriter Joe Kirby moved right here along with his now-wife when she landed a job alternative within the metropolis. However he stated he rapidly fell in love with our native arts group, bike golf equipment, and — after all — the various choices of Buford Freeway. Kirby, who grew up in Ohio, launched his newest musical venture small pockets, releasing its debut single earlier this yr. Working with producers Daniel Gleason and T.J. Elias at Massive Hassle Recording, this tune is his third new music drop in lower than six months.
It’s all constructing towards a six-song EP that may hold rolling out in 2022. (A brand new single is already queued as much as roll out on the finish of the month.) Its first single, “Mavalene,” was penned as a private tribute to his late grandmother, who he stated “made sick days really feel like trip days. who gave me my first guitar and inspired me to ‘sustain the music’ each time we spoke.”
The household theme continues with this tune, “heads or tales,” which he describes as “a couple of sister and brother struggling to remain in contact because the ‘maturity’ monster is inflicting havoc.” It options some traditional ‘90s childhood references to Capri Suns and Jumanji. For the imaginative Claymation video accompaniment, Kirby stated he labored with animators Lee and Eliška Oz of Oz Animation. Kirby stated he’s launched into a distinct collaboration with one other native Atlanta artist, so hold an eye fixed out for extra to return.
Van Hunt: “Down Right here in Hell (With You)”
Earlier than he was recognized merely as Halle Berry’s boyfriend (which understandably earns him lots of press lately), Van Hunt bought his begin as a contemporary, ingenious new voice on Atlanta’s R&B music scene on the flip of the millennium. A multi-talented instrumentalist, he started enjoying drums and saxophone whereas nonetheless in elementary faculty in Dayton, Ohio, then graduated to bass, keyboard and guitar.
Though English research at Morehouse Faculty initially introduced him to Atlanta, Hunt wound up setting apart his research to pursue music professionally, signing on with supervisor Randy Jackson in 2002 (an expert relationship that has continued ever since). In 2004, he launched his debut album, which incorporates “Down Right here In Hell,” our Classic Observe of the Week.
Although this album did earn a nod from the business, he wouldn’t win his first Grammy till 2007, when he landed Finest R&B Efficiency by a Duo or Group with Vocals for a remake of Sly & The Household Stone’s “Household Affair,” that includes John Legend and Joss Stone. Although he’s continued to steadily report through the years, he carried out along with his band for the primary time in a decade final Could at ATL’s St. James Dwell. And fortunately, the bond between Berry and Hunt appears to be the entire antithesis of this explicit music’s dynamic — the couple, who went Instagram official in the summertime of 2020, nonetheless look like going very sturdy.