We’ve just had the chance to wrap our ears around the brand new record from South Carolina’s NEEDTOBREATHE and while it really ought to have been done beside the glowing embers of a little fire with a craft beer and a whiskey chaser, the music itself is enough to conjure up those feelings of hangouts with good friends with tousled hair in warm spring breezes. Essentially catchy. Thoroughly enjoyable.

You’ll get your chance to get your hands on ‘Rivers In The Wasteland’ from Atlantic Records (UK) on 14th April this year but until then you can enjoy the brand new video for lead single ‘The Heart’ below.

It’s a somewhat cutesy single with heaps of radio play potential. It’s Mumford and Sons without banjo overkill. It’s Lumineers without… well, it’s very Lumineers, isn’t it? But those catchy hooks and big stompy choruses work right from the saloon back rooms to festival stages at the likes of Austin City Limits and Bonaroo. That deep southern groove and the unmistakable new folk nuances are no accident. Brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt have been belting out tunes in their own studio in Charleston as well as sessions in LA and Nashville with production duties shared with Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket), Kevin Augunas (The Lumineers) and Jerros Bettis.

There’s a real dynamic to the recording, a depth to the writing and you’ll find all the right notes being hit if you’re a fan of “new folk”, of Craig Finn, of Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions or if you can remember the good old days before the Followill’s sex caught fire.