Friday, March 15, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

Stephen Malkmus – “Viktor Borgia” (Groove Denied, out today on Matador is Steven Malkmus’s first solo album since 2001 and first ever electronic music album.  The long-gestating experimental album is inspired by 80’s synth wave and early 90’s dance music; featuring his trademark quirky lyrics and highlighted by electronic rhythms and warped analog synth sounds.  Sometimes when beloved artists step out of their and their long time fan’s comfort zones, it doesn’t always translate but Malkmus has created a psychedelic brand of electronic music that you can zone out to and even dance to.)     

Stella Donnelly – “Tricks” (On the heels of her breakout solo EP, Thrush Metal, released in 2017; the Western Australia-based singer-songwriter recently released her awaited debut album, Beware of the Dogs, on Secretly Canadian.  With a backing back in tow, the arrangements are fuller and more fleshed out but the spotlight remains on Donnelly - who can flat out sing with a lilting vibrato - and on her highly-observant lyrics that bite with snark, wit, heart and charm.)

Maren Morris –“Flavor” (The Texas-based country-pop singer-songwriter with the powerhouse, Texas-sized voice recently released her highly-anticipated sophomore album, GIRL, via Columbia Nashville.  Building upon her stunning debut, Morris continues to blur the lines between country and pop with R&B-inflected beats and ultra-catchy melodies alongside her empowering lyrics and Aguilera-esque vocal runs and prowess.  Brandi Carlisle and Brothers Osbourne provide guest appearances on the sophomore-slump busting album.)  


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