You know what I love? When you stumble upon an artist and you don’t know how you went so long missing out on them. Even better is when you can share that artist with others – it’s one of my favorite aspects of this blog!
Today, I’m introducing you to Shakey Graves. How I didn’t find him until early 2015 baffles me.
Part blues, country, and rock n roll – Shakey Graves has a vibe I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s got the soul of Americana too, but there isn’t one distinct genre label that completely encompasses Shake Graves’ sound. Born as Alejandro Rose-Garcia, unique is a word that comes to mind when he takes on his stage persona. Which seems fitting since he hails from Austin, Texas. For those never who haven’t had the chance to visit (it’s a must!) the city is known for it’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan. Oh boy, does Shakey Graves do that in the best way possible!
Many of the songs that Rose-Garcia has penned are about the human condition. A self-proclaimed lover of the metaphorical and the bone rattling he likes to straddle that line of the unknown.
Following the theme, “Dearly Departed” is an odd mixture of infectious and bleak. It sounds cheery, but the lyrics are a bit darker than one would guess at first listen. The single is off Shakey Grave’s 2014 album And the War Came. “Dearly Departed” has a slightly different sound than the rest of the album as it features Esme Patterson, formerly from the group Paper Bird. Patterson’s voice adds a layer of chill and haunting to the song. No matter what – their voices blend together beautifully to spin a tale of two lovers saying goodbye.
Fun Fact: The video for “Dearly Departed” features Sissy Spacek’s daughter Schuyler Fisk.
What song is fueling you this week?
P.S. – It must be spring, because I have been digging unique artists that I can’t help but sing-a-long to. Case in proof Leon Bridges.
Until next time,