Friday, May 27, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Thrice – “Black Honey” (After a brief hiatus the post-hardcore vets triumphantly return today with their ninth album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, via Vagrant Records, their first since 2011’s grunge-inspired Major/Minor.  On the politically-charged new album frontman Dustin Kensrue sings about timely themes of violence and racism with a palpable passion that matches the intensity of the sprawling, heavy and anthemic music for a most welcomed return.)

Kristin Kontrol – “X-Communicate” (The Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee – Kristin Welchez - has shed her old moniker for her actual first name and added Kontrol as a last name for her new project whose debut album, X-Communicate is out today via Sub Pop.  As a natural extension of the last Dum Dum Girls album, 2014’s Too True, she has ditched the guitars for the most part and in their place are layers of 80’s-inspired synths, danceable rhythms and indelible, nostalgia-inducing New Wave and 90’s R&B-inspired melodies for a radiant reinvention.)           

The Hotelier – “Soft Animal” (The Massachusetts-based trio are set to release their highly-anticipated third album, Goodness today via Tiny Engines.  A logical progression from their breakout sophomore album, Home, Like NoPlace Is There,  - which seamlessly blended punk, emo and indie rock - the ambitious, positive-minded new album focuses on recovering from the psychological damage of the last album with all of their anthemic and emotionally-charged power intact.)      


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