Friday, May 04, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Leon Bridges – “Beyond” (Out today on Columbia Records is Good Thing, the neo-soul revivalist’s hotly-anticipated sophomore album.  Where his stunning 2016 debut album, Coming Home focused on an almost strictly retro-minded soul and classic rhythm & blues sound; Bridges new album is more all-encompassing and experimental, as it folds in touches of 70’s singer-songwriter faire as well as more modern and 90’s-inspired R&B elements including electronic beats.  His effortlessly smooth voice and stellar songwriting remains the spotlight.) 

Belly – “Shiny One” (The 90’s alt-rock favorites led by Tanya Donelly – along with guitarist/co-producer Tom Gorman, drummer Chris Gorman and bassist Gail Greenwood - recently reunited and are set to release their first new album in over 23 years.  Out today and made possible in part by a successful fan-funded campaign; the fresh yet nostalgic new album, DOVE, is just as bright and shimmering yet darkly melancholic as you might remember for a most welcomed return!)  

Damien Jurado – “Allocate” (After recently completing his “Maraqopa” trilogy of albums, the Seattle singer-songwriter is set to release his new album, The Horizon Just Laughed, today on Secretly Canadian.  This time around, Jurado produced the album himself for the first time in his 20 year career and writes more personally.  Check out the elegant string-leaden 60’s-inspired instrumentation of the ballad-esque single heard here.)     

Cut Worms – “Don’t Want To Say Good-Bye” (NY-based multi-instrumentalist Max Clarke records and performs as Cut Worms and his debut album, Hollow Ground is out today on Jagjaguwar.  Recorded with Foxygen’s   Jonathan Rado, the excellent album broadens his bedroom-pop with an evocative sound inspired by the melody and harmony-rich golden age of early rock and roll from the late 50’s and 60’s and of course, the Beatles.  With the addition of twangy, tear-streaked country & western ballads, the resulting album is a futuristic take on the music of the past and a very promising debut.)     

Iceage – “Pain Killer” (After a brief hiatus full of solo endeavors, Copenhagen’s Iceage returns today with their highly-anticipated fourth album, Boundless, via Matador Records.  The pop-leaning lead single heard here, adds punchy horns and guest vocals from Sky Ferreira into their noisy yet melodic and poetic brand of post-punk.  The album also boasts a more positive and joyous outlook than the stark melancholy that permeated their previous work.)     


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