Friday, August 04, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Soccer Mommy – “Allison” (Soccer Mommy is the recording moniker of Nashville singer-songwriter Sophie Allison.  Out today on Fat Possum is Collection, an EP of new songs and re-recorded songs that were previously released via her Bandcamp page.  With a bump in fidelity, it is clear that Allison’s biting, wise-beyond-her-years lyrics, breathy but assured vocals and jangly, guitar-led songwriting make her an artist on the rise and Collection is the perfect introduction to her bittersweet brand of bedroom pop.)    

Wage War – “Witness” (The genre-defiant Florida-based metalcore quintet returns today with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Deadweight, on Fearless Records.  The new album’s strengths are in its duality; it is their heaviest - with brutal breakdowns and raging riffs - and also their most melodic, with catchy, soaring vocal melodies.  Likewise, the lyrical themes scan very personal yet are equally politically-minded and they approach each topic with the same intensity and passion.  All of this combines for their best and most complete album yet.)  

Lo Tom – “Covered Wagon” (Lo Tom is the new band fronted by David Bazan along with Trey Many and Jason Martin of Starflyer 59 and Pedro The Lion bandmate TW Walsh; their eight-song self-titled debut album was recently released on Barsuk Records.  Forgoing the electronics of his most recent output as well as his usual low-key folk sound, Lo Tom creates driving and grungy alternative rock with rootsy elements and catchy melodies that give a nostalgic nod to their past work.)   


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