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Stream Zachary Cale’s Soulful, World-Weary ‘Hold Fast’

Singer-songwriter's new LP, 'Blue Rider,' arrives in September

picture-18547-1390524318Kyle McGovern // July 15, 2013

Zachary Cale is often described as a “songwriter’s songwriter,” a finger-picking folkie unafraid to dabble in ambitious instrumentals and full-band arrangements. On September 24, the New York-by-way-of-Louisiana storyteller will release his latest album, Blue Rider. The upcoming LP marks a departure from the more robust compositions contained in 2011’s Noise of Welcome, as Cale dives deep into heartland-lovin’ minimalism. “Hold Fast,” the first tune to surface from Blue Rider, bears a flattering resemblance to Kurt Vile’s mellower output, pairing a soulful syncopated rhythm with Cale’s warm, slightly close-mouthed vocals. Stream it below.