Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Jake McKelvie - "Pump Fake"


We haven't heard any solo music from Jake McKelvie since 2016's Rhinestone Busboy, but luckily that drought is over with the release of a new single, "Pump Fake." The Massachusetts based musician's latest is this great mixture of indie rock and alt-country that reminds me of a blend of Tom Petty and Pavement. The song has a bit of a Bob Dylan ramblin' style as well, as it just kind of meanders along in its own directions. "Pump Fake" is the kind of song that borders the mainstream of Americana while still living squarely in the world of odd indie rock songs. If you've enjoyed any of McKelvie's previous releases, this is just more to love. If you're just discovering McKelvie, welcome aboard!

Jake McKelvie says of his upcoming album and why it's a solo album:

“The Countertops are known for energetic live shows and goofy stage behavior, whereas as a solo act I do more of the folk singer thing. This new record floats somewhere in between those two things.”

You can watch the video for "Pump Fake" below. A New Kind of Hat is due out July 26, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Jake McKelvie, check out the artist's website.

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