Thursday, May 04, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Afghan Whigs – “Demon In Profile” (The Cincinnati rock institution led by Greg Dulli is set to release, In Spades - their second album since reforming in 2011 and eighth overall - today via Sub Pop.  The new album – their most complete, complex and catchiest - is darker in atmosphere and in lyrical content with experimental electronics, powerful horns and haunting melodies saddling up to propulsive post-punk rhythms and of course, touches of piano-led R&B and swaying, swaggering soul for good measure.)    

Julian Jasper – “I Don’t Mind” (Out today is the debut EP - 2AM, Chinatown/I Don't Mind (Expanded Edition) - from L.A.-based psych-pop singer-songwriter Julian Jasper.  Originally released last October as a 2-song 7” on Misra Records, it is now being re-released as an expanded digital EP with two brand new songs.  Jasper twists infectiously danceable tropical, disco and funk-inspired rhythms and highly-melodic hooks along with velvet-smooth 70’s soft rock elements into an irresistible and promising debut and I cannot wait to hear more!)         

Feist – “Pleasure” (Leslie Feist returned recently with the release of her long-awaited fifth album, Pleasure, out now via Interscope.  The aptly-titled new album – her first in six years – finds her eschewing acoustic guitars for louder, fractured guitars and rushes of rock and roll pleasure that blends effortlessly with the noir-ish French pop, folk and jazz that has always blurred the edges of her music and is highlighted by smoldering introspective lyrics that are equally as evocative.  Jarvis Cocker of Pulp makes a guest appearance as well.)   


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