Friday, June 22, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Anakin – “Spaced-Out” (San Diego-based cosmic fuzz-gazers Anakin returned yesterday, on the first day of summer, with a hot new two-track single titled, @-1.  The aptly-titled A-side, “Spaced-Out” features spacey synths and a nervy, New Wave and power-pop-inspired energy and also boasts guest vocals from Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack.  The B-side is an impressive, slightly slower-paced cover of “California” by The Rentals.  The band plans to release a series of five singles - each with an influential cover song on the B-side - over the course of the year, culminating in a physical release.)    

Tim Rutili & Craig Ross – “Choke” (Tim Rutili of Red Red Meat and Califone along with Craig Ross (Shearwater, Lisa Germano, Spoon) have teamed up once again for a collaborative album titled, 10 Seconds To Collapse, out today on Jealous Butcher Records.  Together the duo defiantly deconstructs everything from psych-rock, folk and quirky pop and builds it back into something entirely strange and captivating.  Check out the warped doo-wop melodies of standout single, “Choke”, here.)

Impending Doom – “War Music” (After a long 5 year wait, the Christian death metal crew return with their sixth album, The Sin and Doom Vol. II, today on eOne Music.  Vocalist Brook Reeves touts a powerful and much needed positive message alongside some of the heaviest yet most melodic songs of their career, complete with thick, grimy production from Christopher Eck, who produced their debut.  Check out the anthemic, statement-making standout single, “War Music” here.)

Lera Lynn – “Lose Myself” feat. John Paul White (The Nashville-based singer-songwriter is set to release Plays Well With Others, today on Single Lock Records.  Lynn’s fourth album is a unique collaborative effort; as each of the nine songs are performed as duets in the classic Country & Western style and co-written by herself and the duet partner.  Contributors include Peter Bradley Adams, Dylan LeBlanc, Andrew Combs, Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson and Nicole Atkins; as well as John Paul White, who co-wrote and sang on two tracks including the lilting folk balladry of the standout single, heard here.)

Natalie Prass – “Short Court Style” (For her stellar long-awaited sophomore album, The Future And The Past, out now on ATO Records; singer-songwriter Prass has stripped away the strings and horns of her excellent 2015 debut and traded it in for a slick, synth-heavy sound inspired by the glittering funk and R&B of the 80’s and late 70’s.  Her sweet and soulful vocals remain the highlight as she delves into political and social issues with an empowering and inspiring attitude.  Check out the breezy, infectiously danceable single here.)      


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