Friday, July 21, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Shattered Sun – “Burn It Down” (The Texas-based six-piece metal band returns with The Evolution Of Anger, their sophomore album, out today via Victory Records.  The band is managed by Chuck Billy, vocalist of thrash metal pioneers Testament, and they take 80’s thrash riffs and add to it prog-rock intricacies, a passionate punk-fuelled anger and enough anthemic melody to create a fresh take on the heavy metal genre, while totally avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump.)    

Dasher – “Sodium” (Kylee Kimbrough leads her band Dasher from behind the drum kit and her playing and scorched, screamed vocals are violent, visceral and cathartic, matching the intensity of the music on their debut album, Sodium, out now on Jagjaguwar.  Kimbrough and crew create a heavy brand of sneering punk rock that incorporates elements of 90’s noise-punk, psych-rock and post-punk’s sense of rhythm and melancholy for a very impressive debut.)      

Offa Rex – “The Old Churchyard” (Offa Rex is the new collaborative folk project from English singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists, their debut album, The Queen Of Hearts was recently released on Nonesuch Records.  Led by Chaney’s gorgeous and malleable voice, the 11-song album – produced by Tucker Martine and Colin Meloy - consists of new arrangements of traditional English, Irish and Scottish folk songs that are woven with harpsichord and the same psychedelic folk-rock elements you’ve come to expect from The Decemberists yet entirely new.)

Stanton Moore – “Java” (Drummer extraordinaire, Stanton Moore of New Orleans funk band Galactic is set to release With You In Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint today via Cool Green Recordings / Mascot Label Group.  As a trio with keyboardist David “Tork” Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton, Moore pays loving tribute to the late New Orleans jazz legend Allen Toussaint, reimaging his songs in their own unique and funky style.  Some of the guests on the album include Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker and Cyril Neville.)

Stream the lively instrumental “Java” here:


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