Why, I’ve got a brand new video! In honor of Record Store Day, here’s our clip for “Records & Coffee,” off Long Hair. More on the subject in a bit.

Dir: David Kain & Joey Sweeney

[CD and VINYL available here.]

TK’s home town in The First State had remained essentially unchanged from the 1990s, which is also to say that it had not been too different from the way it had been in the 1980s. And from there, not too terrible a jump to the golden lawn of the long 70s, which was when, by TK’s estimate, the last generation of people to be truly satisfied by living here had occupied these homes, yards, and garages. Wynford was part of a network of small Delaware towns, all in exactly this same psychic and physical predicament. High weeds cloaking foreclosures. Every twenty-fourth house, a front lawn hoarder, maybe. Fast food everywhere. Quiet, bizarre crimes revealed on local news every so often, one neighborhood or two removed, in a roving but slow cycle of desperation and shame. And in between, people like his mother, who’d kept on chugging along, while the rest of the world fell apart and TK Haslam made his slow descent into what he would call, with great affection one day, Bob Marley: The Delaware Years.

It’s a good one. Always an Anglophile, Sweeney’s absorbed the character-driven storytelling practiced by the Smiths, Belle & Sebastian, and Pulp without succumbing to simple imitation. Songs may be heartfelt and sincere or sarcastic and unrepentant, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Long Hair includes gently orchestral ballads like the title track (with string arrangements by Lushlife), galloping rock-and-roll like “When You Say My Name,” and shuffling tracks that fall in between like “Records and Coffee.” That last song is about a character who finds solace from his bad behavior and loneliness in records and coffee: It’s a mark of Long Hair’s success that it sounds like one of those records that could provide that kind of refuge for that kind of person.