RCFSV Mixtape

The Rock County Folk Symposium may well be our favorite part of the summer, and we’re over the moon about sharing this mix with you. On Saturday, August 23rd, join us in the safe zone of Camp Rotamer and let the antidote of live music, local food, and interactive art steel you against the encroaching madness and heal what ails you. The main stage artists have all handpicked a piece to share with you. For a field test, retrieve your headphones and bunker down – if your body and soul feel rejuvenated it is in your best interest to enter the quarantine zone and seek the full treatment. Let heritage lead you home.
RCFSVMIXTAPE
Cover Art by Jeremy Nealis
RCFSV Mixtape
01| Leave the Dance (With the Girl You Brought) by Double Ewes
02| Chirp by Sayth f/Wealthy Relative
03| It’s a Trick by Bedtimes
04| Acceptance by Jon Mueller: Death Blues
05| King Ciccada by Dietrich Gosser
06| Good Luck by Hello Death
07| Perhaps by Adelyn Rose
08| Things I Say by Softly, Dear
09| Reunion by All Tiny Creatures

slow dancing with one of my interests

crash – High Wall

The reedy sway of crash‘s voice will pull you in, come hell or high water. Lamenting the loss of his native New Orleans home, crash simultaneously presents himself with strength and vulnerability. Everything he knew and loved may have been lost to the flood, but he rises above and lets the beauty float up and out from the earthy guitar and slow dance of slogging through loss.

hope is a bitter hand at the bottom of the ocean

Orenda Fink – Ace of Cups

On “Ace of Cups,” Orenda Fink‘s (Azure Ray) warm voice skates over ice-blue electronic melody. The structure of the synthesizer brings Fink’s details into focus – you can hear her breath, the movement of her lips,  the roundness of her vowels. The effect is strikingly and appropriately intimate.

let’s stay inside

bed.  – Boys

“Boys” has a twangy melody with tip-tap drumming and throaty male vocals backed up by delicate female whispers. Portland, Oregon’s bed. is the musical outlet for the founders of Breakup Records, Alex Haager and Sierra Frost. Download the track here, and look for their release show on May 18th if you’re in their neck of the woods.

so won’t you please

The Rebel Light – Be My Baby

The Rebel Light is having a lot of fun in California, and it shines through on this cover of “Be My Baby.” Straight off, the vocals grab your attention, achieving their Spector-like sound by being recorded in a bathroom (a smart move that was employed by Stax Records on many of their recordings). The cover remains true to the original, but the phrasing and delivery of the chorus makes it unique and keeps your brain from just lulling into the original you’ve heard hundreds of times before. Download the track above and have fun singing along while you cruise around with your windows down.

there’s no use in crying if you’re drowning in the sea

La Sera – Running Wild

Jubilant post-chorus guitars and crashing drums crush themselves against downer lyrics in La Sera‘s second single from Hour of the Dawn, “Running Wild.” You can check out Katy Goodman’s also-excellent first single from the record here.

that doesn’t stop him

Trummors – Bogus Bruce

When I think about AM radio (yes, I think about AM radio), this is pretty much what comes to mind. Sunny, straight-ahead grooves that smack of the 70s, regardless of when the song was actually released. Anne Cunningham and David Lerner of Trummors double up on vocals, putting a little texture on the melodic sheen of the track. Pull on your bell bottoms and chill out while you download “Bogus Bruce” above.