Friday, January 20, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Foxygen – “Follow The Leader” (The retro-minded duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado return with their new album, Hang, out today via Jagjaguwar.  The grandiose new album is their first recorded in a proper studio and features a cinematic 40-piece orchestra – conducted and arranged by Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard and Matthew E. White - and trades in Bowie and Roxy Music-like glammy theatrics with hints of 70’s hit-men Billy Joel and Elton John for their most concise and complete album yet.)       

High Up – “You Can’t Give Up On Me” (Led by the powerful, soul-soaked and stirring vocals of Christine Fink and the songwriting of her sister Orenda Fink of Azure Ray, High Up is set to release their self-titled 4-song debut EP today via Team Love Records.  The release could not be timelier, as their empowering politically-charged themes and punk-fuelled take on classic blues and soul music is just the salve to soothe during these uncertain times.)       

Soul Scratch – “It’s Not Over” (Speaking of soul, the L.A. based Soul Scratch recently released their stunning sophomore album, Pushing Fire, on Cincinnati’s Colemine Records.  The 6-piece band creates classic yet fresh brand of funk-driven soul music with energetic danceable rhythms and blasts of brass and wailing organ that were recorded to sound raw, dirty and alive to match the intensity of frontman Dale Spolletti’s scorching, blue-eyed belting.)


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