Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's no surprise we've loved this band for awhile - from their 80s influenced debut, to the 90s power-pop of their sophomore album. "Simple and Sure" is a tune that is just that - pure, crisp, refreshing and well written. Glad to have them back. They have a national tour w/ Fear of Men and the new album Days of Abandon comes out 4/22.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Coming on the heels of the rising success of London Grammar, another full-throated female fronted group from the UK - Arthur Beatrice - has delivered an exciting new tune in "Midland." Giving a bit more of a punch than London G, but perhaps lacking some of the darker beauty, the true test for the group will be the live show - which they bring to the US starting March 3rd in Brooklyn, venue TBD, but scheduled right now for Rough Trade - then SXSW and an LA trip. Their album Working Out comes out Tuesday on Harvest in the states.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
"Sharon Van Etten's Are We There is out May 27th on Jagjaguwar. After a series of warmup shows in the Northeast, her initial nationwide tour in support of Are We There will kick off the second week of June with three New York shows and culminate in Chicago at the Pitchfork Music Festival... we are witnessing a new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing, producing and performing from a place that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying away from even the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to evolve." Press Release.
Maybe it's the season - but this chilly return from Hundred Waters - seems to fit the crisp air and grey skies of NY in February. While the comparison comes easy because we've been listening to a lot of the latter - "Down From the Rafter" recalls the ethereal vocals and string arrangements of PJ Harvey's highly acclaimed and awarded last album, Let England Shake. Always a good thing.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
While an artist seemingly operating outside the mainstream of country music, or popular indie sphere, we almost missed out on Lydia Loveless' new album - which came out today. I'm so glad we didn't. It's a stellar, perfectly crafted, and immaculately executed record. The vocals, songwriting, production, and arrangements are the perfect antidote to all the stale records out there clogging the alt-country internet tubes. Songs like "Wine Lips" and "Chris Isaak" recall Lucinda Williams at her peak (see her recently reissued S/T record with the original "Passionate Kisses"), Aimee Mann's effortless songcraft, and Rosanne Cash's emotional depth and tone. Check out this album immediately.