Hear the Best New Folk Music with Fresh Cuts Friday

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Humbird – “Song for the Seeds”

Minnesota-born Siri Undlin, aka Humbird, releases her triumphant new album Right On today. The hot band at Folk Alliance this year, this record is stacked with beautiful songs, including “Song for the Seeds.” “‘Song For The Seeds’ is a song that could have been hours long,” Undlin tells Under the Radar. “It’s an unending topic of consideration: plants and all they teach us. I realize this sounds fairly hippy-dippy, but I don’t really care and I don’t think the plants do either. It’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to a sort of mantra within a Humbird song yet and I stand by it.”

Lemon Bucket Orkestra – “Shchedryj Vechor”

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a Canadian self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super Band” based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The band has a new album out on April 29 titled Cuckoo. From the band: “We decided to introduce “Shchedryj Vechor” as our debut single because it beautifully captures notions of family, celebration, well-wishes, and optimism for the future.”

Rachel Sumner – “3,000 Miles”

Rachel Sumner (formerly of Twisted Pine) has a new album coming out on May 10. The final single is “3,000 Miles.” According to Rachel, “Wanderlust and desert dust are the cornerstones of ‘3,000 Miles’ – the final single before the 10-song album Heartless Things comes out May 10th. My brother Jacob Sumner shot this music video (he’s on the album playing French horn, but not on this song!) in what is essentially our childhood backyard. The pink lawn flamingo finds herself in a lawnless desert-scape, tries to make the most of it, but travels out East where she can become real.”

The Brother Brothers – “Brown Dog” 

Twin brothers David and Adam Moss’ latest album is The January Album (confusingly coming out on April 19). Produced by Bridget Kearney (of Lake Street Dive), “Brown Dog” was written by Adam when “David and Michaela got a dog a few years ago. I was not super stoked about it. I was like, ‘what about the band man?’ So I wrote this song to make myself feel better. Now I love the dog and we got one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written out of it.”

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