Marriage Records in Portland, OR has a spiritual consonance with a lot of other record labels you know from the pacific northwest area. They've been around for a few years and have put out a lot of low-run handmade objects, tell-tale paper folded CD cases and some really Ghee-orgeous vinyl releases. They just put out new comp, their second (only $10!), and I want to play two tracks from it for you, both from dudes who possess a different kind of vocal swagger than I know of from dudes elsewhere. (I think it's weird regional soul music for the extremely pale complexioned.)
Adrian Orange (of Thanksgiving) comes along with the "young poet who's been cranking out two albums every change of the weather since he was fourteen" mythos but whether you've been a fan of his creakier early stuff you have to admit that lately, he's really on some soulful shit (and horn sections have helped). But this song's just him and that guitar and it's in the mode of an asshole Dylan breakup song. Adrian Orange -
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Spencer Kingman (Spenking) has released only one thing that I know of and it was a split with Viking Moses. And this song is a Viking Moses cover. But it doesn't matter to go into any more detail about that because Spenking is a rare, rare artist and this song is such a fragile high-register beauty that it'll clean you out. You should just listen to it.
Spenking - Boy Moses
(Also recommended, not because I've heard it but because I just have a hunch, Supertapes, the new mixtape distro from Marriage.)