Simon Joyner – “You Got Under My Skin” (Stereogum Premiere)
Grass, Branch & Bone is an evocative name for an album, and Simon Joyner’s “You Got Under My Skin” lives up to the album title’s gritty, rootsy insinuations. In the ’90s, Joyner was a contemporary of Midwest lo-fi folk-rock greats like Will Oldham and Bill Callahan, and his music shares traits with both of those artists. “You Got Under My Skin” is plainspoken and graceful, yet both Joyner’s weathered tenor and the barebones arrangement sound as parched and cracked as the pages of an old book. He’s a favorite of fellow Omaha native Conor Oberst, who wrote Joyner’s official bio, and you can definitely hear how Joyner’s quirky, matter-of-fact delivery affected Oberst’s songwriting. Gillian Welch and the Black Swans’ Jerry DeCicca are also big fans. Grass, Branch & Bone is coming out on Woodsist, and that makes sense too; like Woods, he plays American roots music at a charmingly off-kilter angle. Hear Joyner in action below.