Lia Ices' gorgeous record Grown Unknown contains graceful songwriting, immaculate arrangements, a song about a woman turning into a laurel tree, and an appearance from some young upstart whom the Grammy committee has plucked out the wild, giving the first-timer some much needed exposure. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is so cutting edge.
Lia Ices (ft. Bon Iver) - "Daphne"
Jeffrey Lewis is either the next Woody Allen or the next Jonathan Richman. Or maybe he's just the next Jeffrey Lewis. Whichever way, his latest record A Turn in the Dream-Songs is his finest work to date.
Jeffrey Lewis - "Cult Boyfriend"
We're a little alarmed by how much we love Laura Veirs' new record, Tumble Bee—it's ostensibly for children, after all. Anyway, we sent a child to do a grownup's job, and had a four-year-old interview Veirs for the paper. He proved himself to be a better journalist than anyone on Mercury staff, so if you need us, we'll be playing in the corner with safety scissors and sparkle paint.
Laura Veirs - "Prairie Lullaby"
Plus plenty of Up & Comings for you to pore over.
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