Friday, June 02, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

‘68 – “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” (The experimental, post-everything duo of Josh Scogin – formerly of The Chariot and Norma Jean - and Michael McClellan return with their stunning second album, Two Parts Viper, out today on Cooking Vinyl.  The dynamic new album is slightly less abrasive - highlighting their soulful blues and Nirvana influences a little more on some songs - but overall it is still just as characteristically chaotic, raw and dangerous as you would expect.)  

Marika Hackman – “Boyfriend” (The London singer-songwriter steps away from her folk rock roots on her sophomore album, I’m Not Your Man, on her new label, Sub Pop.  Out today, the new album, produced and mixed by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J), finds Hackman singing about femininity, life and love – with a witty sense of humor - backed by fellow London quartet The Big Moon, as she blends 90’s grunge rock and Britpop into her catchiest and most immediate collection of songs yet. Check out Marika Hackman and The Big Moon on a co-headline tour of North America this summer.)

Chastity Belt – (I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone, the third album from the Seattle quartet – featuring Julia Shapiro, Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, and Annie Truscott - is out today via Hardly Art.  The impressive new album showcases their moody, guitar-forward brand of post-punk that blends in laid-back dream-pop textures and dissonance and melody in equal measure; perfectly summed up on the epic, noise-addled album closer heard here.)


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