Big Takeover is delighted to present an exclusive stream of Dundrearies, the new album by songer/songwriter Graham MacRae, which was released today on A Man A Plan A Canal.
Building on his 2008 self-titled debut’s introspective musings and acoustic finger-picking, Dundrearies treads similar territory with the addition of electric guitar, keyboards, and more, to create a layered, intimate sound.
Joined in the studio by David Newton (The Mighty Lemon Drops) and Lee LaDouceur (The Little Ones), MacRae rounds out his original songs’ melodies with gentle rhythms and caps the album on either end with rollicking barroom numbers. The meat of Dundrearies, though, is a downtempo contemplation of loneliness, disappointment, and how to live well.
Enjoy this album stream and feel free to download the song “Game Changer” if you like what you hear.
Visit Graham’s web site to learn more about about a fine artist who’s worthy of greater attention!
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Week of December 2
Bob Mould – Silver Age (Merge)
Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (triple-CD) (Immediate)
DIIV – Oshin (Captured Tracks)
Violens – True (Slumberland)
The Jigsaw Seen – Gifted (Vibro-phonic))
Royal Headache – Royal Headache (What’s Your Rupture?)
Ken Stringfellow – Danzig in the Moonlight (Spark and Shine)
Sloan – Twice Removed (Deluxe Edition Vinyl Box Set) (Murderrecords CAN)
Honeychurch – Will You be There With Me (Siren Electric)
Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
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