Friday, March 30, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat

Jim Button & The Beholders – “Paradise” (Led by vocalist/guitarist Jim Button and featuring members of The Conquerors, El Rey-Tones and Bleachbloodz; the retro-minded K.C. based band has released two excellent digital EPs over the last six months on which they have crafted a fully-formed sound that seamlessly blends gentle, organ-drenched 60’s psych-pop, sunny surf rock and jangly heartland rock.  And now High Dive Records has combined both the Time Never Lies and Paradise EPs onto a limited cassette release, for the band’s first physical release.)

Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse” (The pop-country singer-songwriter is set to release her highly-anticipated third album, Golden Hour, today on MCA Nashville.  Musgraves continues to defy genre ideals on the excellent new album by adding in synth-driven dance-funk on the disco-inspired standout single, “High Horse” heard here.  Elsewhere, her melodies are more gossamer than glossy with elements of dream-pop and indie-folk, resulting in her most ambitious and best album yet.)        

Frankie Cosmos – “Jesse” (NY musician Greta Kline and her band – featuring bassist/vocalist David Maine, keyboardist/vocalist Lauren Martin, and drummer Luke Pyenson - continue to blaze a prolific path through indie-rock with the release of their third album, Vessel, out today on their new label, Sub Pop.  The 18-track album spans 33 minutes - double the running time of her debut album – and is highlighted by Kline’s passionately poetic and acutely-observational lyrics.  Musically, they layer on loads of sweet indie-pop melodies and harmonies alongside subtle synths and guitars that alternate from jangly to slightly fuzzy.)     


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