Whenever you travel 50 miles outside of any major urban hub, metropolitan concerns and anxieties begin to wilt and inevitably become irrelevant. Ray Raposa’s new bluesy outfit, Raymond Byron & the White Freighter, offers the sort of pensive Americana that conveys that universal rural calm. On “You’re Not Standing Like You Used To,” the band sings, You got to find what you really care about/ Live a life that shows it. It’s easy to idealize the idea of “getting out to the country,” and to some extent that is what Little Death Shaker does, but by escaping the familiar, the album offers a humble, refreshing perspective. Little Death Shaker is out September 4th via Asthmatic Kitty.
Stream: Raymond Byron & the White Freighter, Little Death Shaker