Wednesday, January 28, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Natalie Prass – “Bird Of Prey” (Out this week, the emerging Nashville singer-songwriter teamed up with retro-minded producer Matthew E. White and Spacebomb Records for her excellent eponymous debut album.  Alongside lush Motown-indebted horn and string filled arrangements Prass provides her powerful yet vulnerable and soulful vocals along with her effortless charm that recalls both Dusty Springfield and classic-era Country & Western.)

The Dodos – “Goodbyes And Endings” (The San Francisco duo of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber return with their sixth album Individ, out now on Polyvinyl.  On the new album they strip away all of the excess added to their last few albums and return to the virtuosic and visceral roots of their much beloved album, Visiter.  Tricky poly-rhythmic drumming and forceful acoustic guitars match in intensity with their catchy vocal melodies for a welcome return to form.)     

Sleater-Kinney – “Surface Envy” (After a decade-long hiatus the trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss are back with a new album, No Cities To Love – their eighth - out now via Sub Pop.  The surge of stair-stepping guitars and soaring vocals of the anthemic standout single here is the perfect announcement of their triumphant return.  Not even one month in and this is already a great year!)  


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