I discovered Ola Podrida when his fellow Texans, Okkervil River, began their Stand Ins project last year.
To commemorrate the release of their conceptual Stand Ins, Okkervil River had their musician pals cover each song on the album track by track and put the results up on youtube. Podrida tackled "Calling and Not Calling My Ex". While I was familiar with most of the artists Okkervil River included in this and was impressed with the results, particularly Bon Iver's take on "Blue Tulip", none of them struck me quite the way Podrida did, perhaps because I had no clue of his existence before his cover of "Calling and Not Calling My Ex".
I wasn't sure who Podrida was or where he came from but shortly after my introduction to his work, I acquired his understated self-titled debut and his stellar cover of Joy Division's "Atmosphere". Podrida has spent the better part of the past year and a half laying low but this fall, he returns with his sophomore album, Belly of the Lion, which features the just-released track "Your Father's Basement".
"Your Father's Basement" is more catchy and immediately accessible than what we've heard from Podrida before, meshing some folk pop in with his atmospheric vocals and gentle melodies.
What I'm most excited about for Podrida's return to the music scene is the fact that he'll finally be hitting the road which will bring him, fingers crossed, to the Midwest, a plaec that's sadly been lacking in Ola for the past year and a half.
Belly of the Lion will be out November 10th on Western Vinyl.