Being an Omaha boy and a lover of all things Indie, it is my contractual obligation to throw some love, every once in a while, toward Omaha’s own Saddle Creek Records. Though I was never a huge fan of Bright Eyes, and the new Dylan accolades that were thrust at him during the Lifted… phase of his career, I have followed many of labels other groups (The Faint, Cursive, Sebastien Grainger) and I do appreciate the recognition they have brought to my (mostly ignored) corner of the Midwest.
Toronto group The Rural Alberta Advantage have been a member of Saddle Creek since they re-released their debut, Hometowns, in 2009. Their new album Departing contains the standout track “Stamp.” Though lead singer Nils Edenloff’s nasally (not in a bad way) vocals are the definite focal point of the track, pay attention to the scatterbrained drumming of Paul Banwatt. He is an incredibly talented drummer that doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves. Together, along with keyboards and backing vocals from Amy Cole, they create a sound that seems much bigger than just three people.