Friday, October 20, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Buffalo Killers – “Black Halo” (The Ohio psych-rock band led by brothers Andrew and Zachary Gabbard is set to release their eighth album, Alive and Well in Ohio, today via Alive Naturalsound Records.  Recorded by the band in their analog home studio, the new songs are their most personal with lyrics dealing with life changes and family.  Musically, they continue to twist and tweak their near-perfect blend of southern-tinged stoner rock, power-pop and Beatles-esque psych-pop for yet another great addition to their growing catalog.)         

Dori Freeman – “If I Could Make You My Own” (The emerging Virginia-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Dori Freeman returns with her stunning sophomore album, Letters Never Read, out today on Blue Hens Music.  Produced again by Teddy Thompson, the new album seasons her sound with elements of her Appalachian roots – one song sung acapella, was written by her grandfather – and 70’s country-rock and Rufus Wainwright-like art-pop.  Guests on the album include Kacy & Clayton and Richard Thompson.)

Bully – “Feel The Same” (Alicia Bognanno returns with her band’s long-awaited sophomore album, Losing, out today on their new label home, Sub Pop.  Landing with Sub Pop proves to be the perfect pairing, as her catchy, guitar-driven fuzz-punk recalls the label’s late 80’s and early 90’s output.  Of course, the spotlight remains on Bognanno’s bittersweet voice that displays both vulnerability and throat-shredding power with personal and political lyrics that match in intensity.)     

Stars – “We Called It Love” (Having spent nearly two decades as a band, the Canadian synth-pop vets – led by vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan - recently released their highly-anticipated eighth album, There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light via Last Gang Records/eOne.  The band worked with an outside producer for the first time, enlisting Peter Katis (The National, Japandroids), and the resulting collection of songs are as shimmering, emotionally-electric and anthemic as Stars have ever sounded.)  

August Burns Red – “The Frost” (Coming off a Grammy nomination, the Christian metalcore mainstays recently released their stunning seventh album, Phantom Anthem, on Fearless Records.  Not to be satisfied with recent successes, the band continues to experiment and stretch their musical boundaries, leaning in with even more progressive Meshuggah-like riffage and off-kilter time signatures along with pretty, piano-led post-rock passages that fit in perfectly with their thunderous breakdowns and anthemic sound.)      


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