[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Touma Unveils Stylish New Video for Dance-Primed Heartbreak Anthem “Fading Out (Epilogue)”

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It’s been nearly a year since we first introduced you to Touma, the solo project of local indie staple Kacie Williams, with the premiere of her etherial, Aaron Marsh produced debut (at least under the Touma moniker) single, “Bodyguard.”

Since then, Williams has stayed extraordinarily busy, performing as part of local emo/indie outfit Early Humans, and even co-founding something of a Nashville indie supergroup, No Dancing. Throughout it all (and despite the music industry upending pandemic that has thrown 2020 plans awry), though, we’ve been eagerly anticipating more Touma, and, today, Kacie has delivered just that in the form of a stellar brand new single, “Fading Out (Epilogue)”!

And as with “Bodyguard,” we’re beyond thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of Touma’s official music video for her latest tune, which you can watch right now below!

Not a complete departure from her first track, “Fading Out (Epilogue)” is still distinctly different, providing us a clearer picture of the range and stylistic influence with which Williams approaches Touma. Where “Bodyguard” felt more lush, orchestral, and simmering in its slow, powerful delivery, “Fading Out,” while still packing a reflective and melancholy thematic punch, is much more bright and propulsive in its production, crossing into the territory of dance-primed electropop with nods to the likes of CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, or even Carly Rae Jepsen.

Written by Williams, produced by Hunter West, and mixed by Micah Tawlks, “Fading Out (Epilogue),” with its happy-sad juxtaposition and and infectiously catchy musicality, is, immediately, one of our absolute favorite tracks of the year, destined to become a fall playlist staple, and reaffirms why Touma is one of the single most exciting up and coming Nashville artists to watch.

In the vein of celebrated contemporary songwriters like Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, Williams has honed a knack for succinctly and relatably penning and delivering lyrics that capture intense feelings of reflection and heartbreak, and beneath its shiny, dance pop veneer, “Fading Out” is definitely a personal and sad tune, if one with a sliver of optimism in its sense of closure.

“I wrote this song in the wake of a heartbreak — to immortalize the feeling of feeling forgotten, vanishing like a ghost from somebody’s life, if even against your own will at the time,” Williams tells us, “Luckily I’m on the other side of it now, and I intentionally wanted it to be a heartbreak anthem somebody could dance to… that way you can dance your way through the hurt, and dance again when you’ve reached your way onto the other side.”

As with her video for “Bodyguard,” Touma’s latest spot, which was once again shot, directed and edited by Luke Harvey of Mossflower Pictures, is a visually stunning, exceptionally well-crafted video for such a relatively new artist, featuring scenes of Williams passionately delivering the heartfelt and earnest song in a variety of stylish settings, including, most notably, in a pool and underwater.

You can watch the official video for “Fading Out (Epilogue)” below, and stream the single now on your platform of choice! Obviously there aren’t any live shows on the books for the foreseeable future, but we hope to bring you more Touma updates soon.

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Bonnaroo Goes Remote with Weekend-Long Virtual ROO-ALITY Digital Fest

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It’s been several months since the nearby Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, originally slotted for its typical June weekend with such a great lineup that it sold out in record time, then rescheduled for what would’ve been this weekend as Covid effectively put the entire live music industry on pause, before, like every single 2020 festival we tracked this summer, ultimately and unavoidably was forced to cancel.

Like a lot of fests, Roo already got a jump on 2021 (and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that major live events will be able to safely return by next summer), announcing a return to its typical timeframe of June 17-20, 2021 (no lineup as of yet, but we hope to see many returning performers from what would’ve been an epic 2020). But in a bolder move, one few other major fests have attempted, Bonnaroo also announced a full-scale digital fest dubbed Virtual ROO-ALITY, set to run for three days this weekend, Sept. 24-26, during what would’ve been rescheduled ‘Roo in an alternate universe where the U.S. really got its shit together.

While other fests have done similar events comprised of entirely archive footage, something Bonnaroo will be doing as well, ‘Roo clearly put many months of work in organizing this free, virtual event, tapping a host of artists to perform new livestreams, host panels (including a virtual edition of Hayley Williams’ Sanctuary of Self Love), and more!

The fun is going down each day from 4:30 p.m. to around 1 a.m. CDT on Bonnaroo’s YouTube (or check the embeds below), with archive performances from the likes of MetallicaBeastie Boys, The White StripesJack White, My Morning JacketRun the JewelsJames BrownNile Rodgers & ChicAlabama ShakesTears for FearsThe xxDave MatthewsJason Isbell, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Plus new performances from ChromeoDenzel CurrySt. Paul & The Broken Bones, Moon TaxiLennon StellaDevon Gilfillian, Big GiganticTrampled By Turtles, and many more.

Check out the full schedule below!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Clara Park, Chaz Cardigan, Smart Objects, Skyway Man, The Shadowboxers, Reau Marquez, & 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

“In Control” by Clara Park
“Unhuman” by Quinn Lewis
“Live A Little” by Chaz Cardigan
“The Autumn Man” by Smart Objects
“Lights Out” by All Them Witches
“Old Swingin’ Bell” by Skyway Man
“32 Degrees” by Seint Monet
“Last Summer” by The Shadowboxers
“too high” by Joy Oladokun
“Good Without The Bad” by Gabrielle Grace, Logan Pilcher
“With You” by Cujo Moon
“What You Doing?” by BnQuez The Artist
“Pass Go” by Reaux Marquez
“I Can’t Wait” by Abby Johnson
“Turn My Mind Off” by Dinzy
“Brand New Thing” by Zayde Wølf
“You Are” by Nedy

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville on our Nashville Spotify playlist!

New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Jared Minnix, Tayler Buono, Bryant Taylorr, danny G, *repeat repeat, All Them Witches, Carolina Story, & 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

“LMLY” by Jared Minnix, With Love
“Overdose (bedroom session)” by Tayler Buono
“Professional” by Kate Lynn
“When You Come Home” by Jessie Early
“Say” by Tim Gent
“Guidance” by Lackhoney
“Pretty Women” by Bryant Taylorr
“Rain Puts a Smile on My Face” by Daniella Mason, Yacht Money
“reeboks” by danny G
“Ready For Somethin’ New” by Jeffrey James, LÒNIS
“Started a Fight” by Vacay Nick
“Hold Tight!” by *repeat repeat
“Enemy of My Enemy” by All Them Witches
“Wildflower” by Carolina Story
“Together” by Conventioner
“Find A Way” by THE DLX

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville on our Nashville Spotify playlist!

Sad13, Lisa Prank, Rose Melberg, More Team Up for Unlikely Indie Tribute to ABC/CMT’s ‘Nashville,’ Organized by Tacocat’s Bree McKenna

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Regular readers may remember our love for Seattle indie punk group Tacocat, a band we always make a point to recommend any time they stop through town. What you may not know, however, is that Tacocat’s bassist, Bree McKenna, happens to be a big fan of ABC/CMT musical drama Nashville, which, of course, was filmed right here in (an incredibly dramatized version of) Music City! And though the show’s been off the air for more than two years now (it ran for six seasons, from 2012-2018), McKenna has, apparently, spent that time gathering friends from the Seattle indie scene and beyond to tackle covers of songs from the show (fan of Nashville or not, the pool of talent involved in crafting its original music was always top-notch), resulting in a surprise tribute compilation release, out today, dubbed Live at the Bluebird: A Nashville (THE TV SHOW) Covers Compilation.

An incredibly niche melding of musical worlds, to say the least, most everyone involved here seems to have taken the task pretty seriously, adding their own artistic flair, but retaining the spirit of 16 of the show’s most memorable tunes (along with one original contribution, which is both hilarious and spoiler-y), and the result is much more awesome than it needs to be (we’re kind of obsessed already). Contributors include Sad 13 (the solo project of Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis), Lisa PrankRose Melberg (of The Softies, Go Sailor,  and Tiger Trap), Neyla Pekarek (formerly of The Lumineers), and tons more!

The comp dropped today on Bandcamp, and coincides with Bandcamp Friday, an ongoing effort the first Friday of each month, where Bandcamp waives its revenue split and gives artists 100% of the proceeds of their music sales, encouraging many to drop new, limited, and special releases (along with special pricing). While you can stream the Nashville covers comp for free, if you’d like a digital copy, it’s currently set at “name your price” (find it here or below), and proceeds will be split between The Okra Project and MusiCares. Listen below, and while you’re on Bandcamp, be sure to support some of your other favorite indie artists and buy their music today as well!

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