Bands to Watch #199: Sanders Bohlke

By on Friday, 19th November 2010 at 12:00 pm

As the crisp, autumn air becomes cooler, and the evening skies dim into darkness more rapidly, a set of solid tunes is one of the best things for you and your lover or whoever to get cozy with on a chilly evening.

For those looking for someone new and fresh, search no more. Sanders Bohlke, a native of Oxford, Mississippi, is the man for you. His songs, melodic and sweet, go down easy, just like that bottle of nice red wine accompanying your nighttime soundtrack. I interviewed Bohlke earlier this month but I thought it would be a good idea now to give you a better introduction to his sound.

Perhaps first up on your playlist should be ‘Quiet Ye Voices’. The song itself is a harmonious blend of Bohlke’s silky vocals propped up neatly against melodic acoustics, making an overall spine-tingling good track. This is the kind of song where your imagination can cut loose, conjuring up snapshots of a road trip in the middle of America that takes you from land to sky, from mountains to seas. The song is a double bonus for fans of Fleet Foxes or southern rock band Band of Horses, as listeners will find vocal similarities between lead singer Ben Bridwell and Bohlke.

Meanwhile, sparse production and ambiguity can be heard in acoustic tracks like ‘Fighter Pilot’, which draw subtle sounds akin to Radiohead, but keeps the mystery alive at the same time. In other words, it’s easy to realize that Bohlke posses some real, genuine talent and not a blatant rip-off artist like that’s so common today.

Just to show how far his talent can stretch, take a listen to ‘Somewhere’ and the influences of soul and gospel can easily be heard. Now for those of you who might have checked out the interview he so kindly did for us, you’ll notice that he said his songs are impersonal, but it’s this Ben Harper-esque tune that makes you fall in love with that special someone just a little bit more, even if the lyrics prove to be indirect.

Furthermore, the talented Bohlke demonstrates great skill in his lyric craftsmanship, and ‘The Weight Of Us’ is one of those infectious tunes that gallop around your head after listening. With lines like ‘there are thieves who rob us blind, and kings who kill us, fine’ … ‘there’s a cold heart buried beneath, and warm blood running deep’, one might just declare that pure poetry, but when there’s sweeping orchestral strings pulling the powerful song into a tailspin of bliss, it’s simply one hell of a song.

Don’t be left out in the cold before winter truly sets in. Please check out the work of Sanders Bohlke and help unsigned artists such as him get the recognition he clearly deserves.

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