[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Jilian Linklater’s Songwriting Grows with “Starts with a Seed”

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It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Michigan-bred and Nashville-based songwriter Jilian Linklater. 2015 saw the release of her Walking Stories EP, with the title track racking up more than 4.5 million streams to date. This year, Linklater’s already toured Australia and made an appearance at SXSW, all while gearing up to release more music. New single “Starts with a Seed” exclusively premieres at No Country for New Nashville today ahead of its official release on Friday, March 24.

“Starts with a Seed” blooms with Linklater’s charming vocal delivery and gentle guitar work. When explaining where the song concept came from, Linklater says, “My co-writer Stephen Schmuldt and I wanted to write a song reminding people that beautiful things start small. He had the idea to write it as if it were a child singing to their parent or someone they look up to. It was fun writing and singing from a child’s point of view because their language is so sweet, simple, and pure.”

Listen to Jilian Linklater’s “Starts With A Seed” below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Charly Bliss, Arlie, Julien Baker, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions:

“Nashville 1972” by Rodney Crowell – Playing 3rd and Lindlsey on April 16
“Distant Solar Systems” by Julien Baker
“Take It All Back 2.0” by Judah & The Lion – Playing The Ryman on September 8 and 9
“Mercury” by Crave On
“Get out (feat. D Ross)” by Esterly
“Friction (Dat Booty Doh)” by Molly Rocket – Playing The Cobra on March 20
“I Had A Vision” by Blackfoot Gypsies – Playing Little Harpeth Brewing on April 14
“Big Fat Mouth” by Arlie
“Forget Me Not” by Jennifer Paige
“Petals” by Truitt
“Implant” by Makeup And Vanity Set

Touring artist additions:

“Living In The City” by Hurray for the Riff Raff – Playing Mercy Lounge on May 3
“Capable” by The Wild Reeds – Playing The High Watt on April 26
“Percolator” by Charly Bliss – Playing The High Watt on April 29
“Answer My Text” by PWR BTTM – Playing Mercy Lounge on June 13
“Darling” by Real Estate” – Playing Exit/In on May 13
“Can’t Let Go, June” by Kishi Bashi – Playing The Basement East on April 7

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The Mute Group’s 3D Animated Video for “AEIOU” Unearths Stone Henges

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Nashville baroque pop trio The Mute Group showed off their A/V chops with the video for debut single “Brainplate in Eb.” Now, for their latest, the band have teamed up with animator Jonathan Richter to pair the track “AEIOU” with a fascinating 3D animated video. The release went live today at at 5:28 a.m., coinciding with the moment the plane of the earth’s equator passed through the center of the sun.

“AEIOU” slowly rises with gentle piano lines and vocal harmonies before bursting into a solar flare of guitars and horns. The video keeps pace with animated suns flickering atop prehistoric monuments. We’re continually struck by how Richter animates the lighting to The Mute Group’s theatrical movements.

Guitarist and vocalist Zachary Gresham says, “‘AEIOU’ is about archaeological uncertainty, as a lot of the new songs are. Dealing with historical kinship is a major theme in the work we’re producing right now.”

The Mute Group plan to release more songs and videos while working on a full-length album this year. In the meantime, watch their video for “AEIOU” below.

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James Droll Throws Us “Off Beat” with Captivating R&B Single

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Sometimes all it takes is a special someone looking at you to turn the room sideways and throw you off your game. R&B artist James Droll explores this romantic phenomenon in his latest single “Off Beat.” Droll’s beautifully fragile voice and tipsy piano flourishes have us swooning while the beat keeps us grounded enough to stay on our feet.

Droll says, “It speaks to the moments we all have, bumping into someone we want to get to know but can’t seem to get their attention from afar. Just being distracted by the presence of someone you’ve never met who doesn’t seem to know you exist.”

“Off Beat” is the followup to Droll’s debut track “Walls,” which is coming up on about a million Spotify streams and definitely worth a listen as well. Listen to James’ latest below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Ghostface Killah, Mona, The Shins, Andrew Combs, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions:

“Off Beat” by James Droll – Playing The Back Corner on April 14
“Obvious” by Rio – Playing The High Watt on April 18
“Body Can’t Hold” by Jessie Early – Playing The High Watt April 15
“Molly B Good” by Los Colognes – Playing Rock Out East Nashville on May 6
“At the Bi-Rite” by Big Sur
“Frightening Lightning” by The New Respects
“Blood Hunters” by Andrew Combs – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on May 26
“Jackpot” by Nikki Lane – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on April 9

Touring artist additions:

“Turnin’ Me Up” by BJ The Chicago Kid – Playing Cannery Ballroom on March 20
“Sour Soul” by Ghostface Killah – Playing Exit/In on April 7
“dOn’t turn me Off” by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – Playing Mercy Lounge on June 13
“Name for You” by The Shins – Playing Vanderbilt University’s Rites of Spring on April 21
“In The Middle” by Mona – Playing The High Watt on April 30
“Riot in the Streets” by Pokey LaFarge – Playing Mercy Lounge on June 22

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