Friday, April 05, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

Ages And Ages – “How It Feels” (The Portland indie-poppers led by Tim Perry return today with their fourth album, Me You They We, via Partisan Records.  The new album is a little more laid back and dreamy but still as highly-melodic and catchy as ever. Much of the new songs lean more into the synths for a festival-ready sound yet most remain close to their folk-pop r oots; the standout track and single heard here is the perfect blend.)

Jenny Lewis – “Red Bull & Hennessy” (Jenny Lewis recently released her highly-anticipated fourth solo album, On The Line, via Warner Bros.  Lewis’s knack for vivid if not lucid storytelling and her gorgeous voice are the spotlight on these piano-led pop tunes as she leads an all-star cast of legends that includes, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Ringo Star and Beck.  Additionally, Lewis plays on the same piano Carole King used on Tapestry and she channels the charismatic charm of Stevie Nicks on the standout single, “Red Bull & Hennesy”, heard here.)  

Small Feet – “Let The Guys Down” (The Swedish-folk rock trio recently returned with their long-awaited sophomore album, With Psychic Powers, out now on Barsuk Records.  Small Feet is fronted by the pleasing tenor of songwriter Simon Stalhamre that somehow recalls both Neil Young and Jason Molina along with a bit of Daniel Johnson’s whimsical nature. The new album, recorded in his Stockholm-based studio, is more experimental with the addition of swirling psych-pop melodies and synths to his organic, Fleet Foxes-esque folk.)   


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