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

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Cover art for "Arlene" by Bloomington band Rodeola

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.