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I’m always in the mood for a nice folksy alt-country ballad, and This Frontier Needs Heroes’s “Hooky” fits the bill quite nicely. The Brooklyn-based brother and sister duo seem to have mastered the genre, with him crooning over her lilting harmonies in the background. Unlike many other songs of its ilk, though, this one picks up very gradually over the course of its four-minute runtime, with the last minute elevating to uplifting guitars and singalongs. And the subject of the song, those playing “hooky” on life by not pursuing their dreams, isn’t too bad at all either.

This Frontier Needs Heroes is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter to professionally release and promote their third album, Hooky – the whole thing was recorded in Dr. Dog’s studios with a full band (on analog tape, no less), now they just want to give it the care it deserves. It’s running until July 17, so throw some money their way if you like what you hear. Other than that, check out their website, Facebook, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp for more.