Since I feature so much music from the UK, I'm often confused for a UK music blog by bands and press agents. It's okay, one of the reasons why I created Aimless Skylarking was to discover new music regardless of where it was created. Plus, most of the bands in my area rarely play their own music, they only play the songs everyone knows by heart. That's a noble pursuit, but I prefer originality.
There are a few Alabama artists/bands performing original material I enjoy and have spoke of here: War Jacket, Eleven Year Old, Holy Youth, Maria Taylor, and Captain Kudzu immediately come to mind. Now I have Birmingham, Alabama's Future Elevators to add to the list, but I didn't learn of the band naturally. Oddly enough, a UK press agent introduced me to the band's breathtaking folky offering, 'Alabama Song'. Of this very personal song, lead singer Michael Shackelford says "This song means the most to me of any song on the album. It is about desperately holding on to a moment where everything is ok. The song is about the love I have for my daughter, as well as the struggles of living in the south or this day and age in general. The song is also about a person being your home instead of a place."
I'm captivated by this magical song crafted in my very own backyard, stream 'Alabama Song' below.
The band's self-titled 10-track LP will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally on April 1st.
Future Elevators - Track Listing
1. Rome On A Saturday
2. Modern World
3. Losing Sleep
4. Just Another Day
5. Alabama Song
6. Machine Maker
7. It Is What It Is
8. Everything Everywhere
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