Daily Distraction: Discover the beautiful sadness of Rodeola
Kate Long's Bloomington band has an excellent new album, 'Arlene,' out today, for fans of modern, atmospheric folk music
Thanks to a tweet from Indiana musician Mike Adams at His Honest Weight this morning, I came across a new-to-me Bloomington band: Rodeola, the project of Kate Long, who writes with the melancholy beauty of a songwriter like Julien Baker and wraps it in psych-folk flourishes that remind me of Rosali.
Though I'm only a few spins into it, I love everything about this record — the fuzzed-out, in-the-red acoustic strums on "We Can Go Diving"; the orchestral swells on "Three Things"; this line from "Teenage Situation": "Freeze your fever/Bury the flu/We’ll dig it up like a time capsule/In love’s future wasteland"; and lots more.
Digging into the album credits a bit further, I saw that it features guest spots from kindred musical spirits (and longtime Joel favorites) Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg and Joe O’Connell of Elephant Micah. And there's even a track titled "Northern Flicker," hitting me right in my birder soft spot.
Give it a listen below.