Nashville based indie rock trio Coyote Choir have released the third single from their soon to be released debut album, Vol. 1. The track, “Keep Moving On,” continues with the band’s themes of hope and keeping the faith, while musically channeling the more anthemic moments of artists like The War on Drugs and Brandon Flowers. New Release Today, who premiered the track, remarked that “[Coyote Choir] reminds us that as much as music is a reflection of its creators, it finds new meaning with the people who are listening to it.”
“‘Keep Moving On’ was written as an anthem for the life runner on the road for faith,” says Jason Watkins of the band. “We all go through hard times together in life, and with the love of others, we don’t have to face it alone. This is a song for someone who’s been knocked down, but fighting to stand. When the going gets tough, there will be a light to chase away the sorrow. We hope that you’ll remember the bright future ahead, and with every step of the way, keep faith!”
Vol. 1, which drops on November 2nd, is a spirited mix of indie rock, americana, and folk, blending the spirit of The War on Drugs and Ryan Adams with the nostalgic 80’s sheen of acts like Dire Straits and Traveling Wilburys.
With producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Causey in tow, Vol. 1 is a savvy blend of dazzling programming and production, vintage synthesizers, and jangly, Heartbreakers-inspired guitar. A connection over childhood cultural artifacts was a major part of the creative process, with writing sessions often taking long detours into discussions of old movies and 80’s sitcoms. “There was no pressure to do anything—just this joy of connecting over all these things we love,” recalls vocalist Jason Watkins.
“Keep the heart high.” For Coyote Choir, this is less a mission statement than it is a summary of their experience. Brothers Jason and Paul Watkins (vocals and bass respectively) and drummer Mathew Linton bonded over a mutual case of musical burnout. Their collective journey of reclaiming the joy results in their debut, Volume 1. It is a sound both new and familiar—combining smart pop songcraft with gorgeous soundscapes. Songs like “Awakenings,” “Rainbows,” and “Sing!” declare the arrival of a new spirit of creation, and invite the listener to take back their joy from whatever or whoever stole it.