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Field Medic, Rachel Toups, Mr. Andrew

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Field Medic

“Any song that’s true is a good song in my mind,” says Kevin Sullivan, the lo-fi bedroom folk artist better known as Field Medic. “That’s why I never find it necessary to add too much stuff to my recordings. I’m just into songs themselves.”

That principle is the guiding light behind Field Medic’s hypnotically beautiful and fearlessly honest new record, ‘fade into the dawn.’ Sullivan’s first proper full-length release for Run For Cover and his first since making the leap to full-time musician, the collection features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realizing any hard-won dream. Sullivan has always written candidly about doubt and darkness and anxiety, but he digs deeper than ever before here, blending black humor and bold introspection as he weighs fantasy against reality, grapples with his relationship with alcohol, and searches for meaning in the mundane. “I used to be a romantic / Now I'm a dude in a laminate,” he sings of life on perpetual tour, encapsulating at once both the tantalizing allure and endless tedium of the road.

Sullivan’s ability to capture richly detailed moments of in all their messy, complicated ambiguity is a large part of what’s earned him both his devoted cult following and his widespread critical acclaim. Philadelphia NPR station WXPN hailed Field Medic as a “West Coast freak-folk poet who will capture your heart,” while the San Francisco Chronicle praised his “intensely emotional” voice as a “melodic quiet storm,” and the Chicago Reader swooned for his “charming, unvarnished acoustic bedroom songs.” Sullivan’s tracks racked up well over a million collective streams on Spotify, and his captivating live performances (in which he’s accompanied by nothing more than his guitar and an old school boombox) landed him dates with everyone from The Neighbourhood and Wallows to HEALTH and Girlpool.

Rachel Toups

Originally hailing from south Louisiana, Rachel Toups’ music operates as a vivid elegy to a childhood roaming the wooded floodplains of the Mississippi river delta. Her harp-like guitars and honeyed singing walk us through a memory-scape of disappearing wetlands. Toups has created a cult-like following in California, and after much anticipation, released her debut album, Sundog, on independent ambient label Peconic Records in 2019. Technically proficient and artistically daring, Sundog is a captivating mix of soothing and creepy, easy and complicated. She resides in Los Angeles when not working as an outdoor educator in the Rocky Mountains. ~Kasie Shahbaz

Mr. Andrew

Imagine if the Beatles had a daughter. And she had a baby with Nirvana. Then that baby drank a six pack of beer. Mr. Andrew is that drunk baby.

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