Insomnia Radio: Double Shots #31 – Carry Them Home
On the eve of Memorial Day here in the States I wanted to bring two groups to your attention that helped supply the soundtrack for a newspaper digging odyssey into my southern ancestry over the past few days. From Civil War ghosts at Fort Sumter, to guerrillas from Tennessee frustrating Sherman, to an interesting surviving Rebel Yell recording that doesn’t resemble Billy Idol’s version in the slightest.
We start out with the cinematic indie folk sounds of Little Sur, with their debut 2011 EP of the same name, six tracks in which you can find both songs featured today. The group is surprisingly from the metropolitan setting of New York, and is lead by Josh Meer and his very talented cast of musicians.
A recent video caught them busking underground, with their distinctive sound a contrast to the surrounding noise of the city. Check out their newest two song release that came out this past February – Brothers/Idioms. Links are below.
We follow up with a quick migration down to San Marcos Texas, with the team of two siblings, Maggic and Tyler Heath, who call themselves The Oh Hello’s. The two tracks featured are from their four song self-titled EP which can be found over at BandCamp. They’ve got a really great mix of influences ranging from Mumford & Sons and The Civil Wars to Los Campesinos! and The Pogues.
Their Bandcamp summation nicely states: Their debut EP draws inspiration from traditional Irish folk songs in both its sound and its message, from the foot-stomping rhythms of Lay Me Down to the quiet introspection of Cold Is the Night.