The Angels’ Share” by These United States, recorded July 31, 2011 in Colorado College’s Shove Chapel (right-click or control-click on blue link to download). Part of their Fuel/Friends Chapel Session, an ongoing series of live acoustic music from emerging indie artists recorded in a gorgeous Colorado Springs setting, and available for free download.

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Watching the five guys in These United States make music has always reminded me of a river. There is something serpentine, endless, and powerful that torrents out of the mouth of Jesse Elliott and through the arms and legs of all five of them. It rambles. It breathes. They also tour so freaking much that you would think that they’d lose those potent abilities and stray from the source in favor of rote and rockin’ performances, at some point. Yet for the handful of years I’ve known them, that has never happened. Every performance, even small ones, are infused with their trademark literacy, urgency, with dust-and-sweat notes and slide guitar quaver hanging in the air.

This is a brand new song, from their forthcoming fifth album, currently being recorded in Lexington, Kentucky. Get the rest of the session here.


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