Friday, February 16, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Walter Martin – “I Can Run From The Hellhounds But I Can’t Hide” (The former multi-instrumentalist for the Walkmen continues to release great and increasingly interesting music on his own since their hiatus, with his sophomore - or fourth, if you include his two kid’s music albums - solo set, Reminisce Bar & Grill, out today via Ile Flottante Music.  The new album is filled with charm and wonder with layered percussion, infectious whistling and a call and response duet with a barbershop quartet alongside humorous musings on life, love and death and aging.)

Marlon Williams – “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore” (The New Zealand singer-songwriter returns with his sophomore album, Make Way For Love, out today on Dead Oceans.  The stunning new album was recorded with producer Noah Georgeson and his backing band, The Yarra Benders and takes Williams further away from his country-leaning folk sound to a more cinematic tremolo-heavy and reverb-rich retro-minded rock sound that allows for his distinct, Roy Orbison-like crooning to shine.  Check out his aching, lonesome duet with gothic-folk singer Aldous Harding here.)   

Loma – “Black Willow” (Loma is the new collaborative project between Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record.  Together, they create a beautiful, subtly psychedelic brand of dream-pop that is both haunting and hypnotic, on their self-titled debut album out today on Sub Pop.  Listen to the closing cut, “Black Willow” here, as Emily and Jonathan’s voices coalesce into a cloud-scraping choir along with twinkling piano, warped synths and an insistent beat for the perfect introduction.)    

I’m With Her – “Game To Lose” (I’m With Her is moniker for the new collaborative band featuring Americana superstars Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan.  The trio’s debut album, See You Around, is out today on Rounder Records.  Each singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist takes their turn to lead on the timeless-sounding songs that combine fluttering bluegrass rhythms and irresistible folk-pop melodies but the heart-stopping highlight is when they combine their voices into close-knit harmonies.  Hear for yourself with the standout single below.)       

Miracle – “Light Mind” (Out today on Relapse Records is, The Strife Of Love In A Dream, the sophomore album from the synth-pop duo consisting of Zombi’s Steve Moore and prolific art-rock vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Daniel O’Sullivan along with special guest drummer A.E. Paterra of Zombi, Majeure and Maserati.  Dark, moody and propulsive, the duo has created an album that is futuristic yet dripping with 80’s nostalgia; sounding like a darker version of early Depeche Mode but broadcast from a parallel universe.)   


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