If there are any supergroups in Boise, New Transit is definitely one of them. With longtime musicians vocalist/"noisemaker" Sean Hatton, drummer Louis McFarland and guitarists Thomas Paul and Bernie Reilly at its core, New Transit's vibe is both distinctly Americana and quintessentially Idaho, not just in sound but in skill: Talented Boise-based musicians' have an almost uncanny ability to find like-minded artists to collaborate with, and New Transit is no exception. For its third full-length album, New Transit (self-released, June 2017), New Transit worked with local musician/producer Steve Fulton, who contributed from both sides of the soundboard, playing organ/piano/Wurlitzer and keyboards and co-producing the album.
On the page, Hatton—the album's sole songwriter—seems to have lyrically dug down, penning songs heavy with introspection and, at times, melancholy. In "In the Cold Dark Spiral," he sings of "friends who don't come around / they send me their pictures and paint up the town. / I pass through them, hoping to drown out all my fears. / I saw myself in the cold dark spiral of the sun setting in your eyes." It feels a little vulnerable, which the best songs always do.
You can hear cuts from the new album on Wednesday, June 21, when New Transit will be joined by locals aka Belle and Kelly Lynae for a release party at The Olympic.The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are only $7 adv., $10 at the door. Visit facebook.com/NewTransitMusic for more on the Boise band.
In other new music news, young Weiser-based singer-songwriter Naomi Karate recently released a self-titled six-song demo on her Bandcamp page. The EP is a result of a project Karate called "A Girl and A Guitar," in which she recorded an original song on her phone every day for a month and posted it. On some of the tracks, Karate plays ukulele, on some it's guitar and on others she plays piano. On all of them, her breathy, honeyed sweet voice dances across chords as she sings of loss and redemption.
Karate is one to watch for. See and hear for yourself at naomikarate.bandcamp.com/releases.