So far in 2012 the new releases in Indian Country span the genres of folk, americana, flamenco, traditional and pop/rock… something for everyone! Here are the new Indigenous music releases of January and February, 2012.
Right out of the gate, Samantha Crain released her new 7″ single A Simple Jungle on January 10. Produced by John Vanderslice the two new tracks on the single are exactly what you love about Samantha already – her from-another-time vocals and indie-spun american vibe. Get A Simple Jungle here: samanthacrain.com/store.
On January 20, Gabriel Ayala of the Yaqui tribe released his ninth album, Shades of Blue. Ayala’s virtuosic guitar playing is at its flamenco-flavoured best on this album and you can find it on CDBaby here: cdbaby.com/cd/gabrielayala3.
On the same day, newcomer Nick Sherman, from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, released his debut album Drag Your Words Through. Rooted in folk/rock, the songs are earnest yet thoughtful and Sherman’s rich, textured vocals will rip your heart out. In a good way. Listen to his track Winterdark here and get the whole album on iTunes at itunes.apple.com.
Comprised of composer and multi-instrumentalist Colin Farish and Native American flutist John-Carlos Perea, Coyote Jump ”sculpts a musical tribute to Native America with the sound of the cedar flute at its core.” We’ve known for awhile that this debut album, Waking From the Rocks, was on the horizon and are glad to announce it’s now available from Canyon Records. Find it at store.canyonrecords.com.
Last but not least, this month Vince Fontaine‘s supergroup Indian City released their first album, Supernation – contemporary pop and rock with a hint of traditional layers. Envisioned by Fontaine, the collaborative Indian City includes Don Amero, Pamela Davis, William Prince, Ray “Coco” Stevenson and others. Killer! Get Supernation on CDBaby here: cdbaby.com/cd/vincefontainesindiancity.
Listen to the first single from Indian City, Stand: