Leigh MichaelWednesday,21 August 2013

The Snap:

Fans of the Avett Brothers will rejoice: the group just released “Another Is Waiting,” a new song off their upcoming album. Magpie and the Dandelion, due out on 15 October, is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. (You can check out the album art here). Known for their folk-inspired songs and country influences, the Avett Brothers have developed a stalwart fan base across all ages.

The band is currently cruising around Europe, but they’re be back on tour in the USA come September. Check out the schedule here.

The Download:

“Another Is Waiting” feels like a song that I want to hear at a friend’s backyard party, or when I’m out to dinner and am pleasantly surprised to learn that there will be a live musician performing that night. It’s exquisite background music, the proverbial “girl next door” in the song world.

I realize that this all sounds like a collection of poorly masked insults. But I actually really like the group. Their music isn’t profound – it won’t stop me in my tracks, and it won’t force me to step back and reevaluate my life. But it will make any situation just a little bit more pleasant, and I really think that there’s something to be said for that. The Avett Brothers are sort of like the neighborhood busker that actually has some talent, the sort that makes you stop on your way to the subway/bus/what-have-you.

In an open letter, The Avett Brothers explain the thought process behind their upcoming album’s title: “If you think about a Magpie, it’s a bird from the crow family. You can see them everywhere, and they’ve got this strange grace. And, we all know what a dandelion is. It reminds you of being a kid and watching a flower come apart on a summer day. There’s a youthful wonder in that. Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album.

Sounds pleasant to me. The album was actually recorded at the same time as 2012’s enormously popular The Carpenter (check out “February Seven,” below, for a sampling of that record’s “sound”). Magpie and the Dandelion promises to carry the same vibe as their previous album — and I sort of think this is a great thing. They’ve mastered the art of “country folk with a slightly modern twist.” Why mess with a brilliant formula?

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Hat Tips:

NPR, American Songwriter, The Avett Brothers, VEVO, Image Credit: Flickr

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