Friday, September 04, 2020

3 Songs: On Repeat

Benchmarks – “Six One Way” (The Nashville-based indie rock/emo-punk hybrids led by Todd Farrell Jr. recently released their sophomore album, Summer, Slowly.  The excellent new album deftly places poignant and relevant lyrical themes of change - both personal and social - alongside contrastingly fun-loving and anthemic punk rock melodies with dual guitar leads and sing-along choruses.  Check out the timely, social media-inspired message of the standout single, “Six One Way”, here.)   

In Parrallel – “Deep Dark” (Nashville’s In Parallel consists of former members of Celebrity and Hopesfall; who hit the sweet spot between atmospheric space-rock and shoegaze-inspired post-punk on their new EP, Fashioner, out today on Wiretap Records. The 5-song EP – led by the driving and moody single heard here - was mixed by Ken Andrews of Failure and follows their stunning 2018 debut EP, Broken Codes.)

Rufus Wainwright – “Damsel In Distress” (The eclectic singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright recently released his long-awaited, ninth pop album, UNFOLLOW THE RULES via BMG.  Boasting swooning melodies and grand arrangements, the new album – his first in over eight years – delivers both catchy folk-pop tunes and dreamy piano-led balladry that focuses on aspects of marriage, family life and growing older with grace, charm and the sly humor we’ve come to expect from the troubadour.  Watch Wainwright’s CBS Saturday Sessions performance of standout track, “Damsel In Distress” below.)


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