Friday, July 06, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat

Corrina Repp – “Need You/Don’t Need You” (After a failed relationship soured a cross-country move; the songwriter, formerly of Tu Fawning, dotted the map with a nomadic spirit that inspired her fifth solo album, How A Fantasy Will Kill Us All, out now on Jealous Butcher Records.  That sense of freedom and adventure translates to an experimental yet cohesive set of songs, led by the hypnotically haunting, loop-based single, heard here.  Repp recorded the album in Louisville with the assistance of Danny Seim of Menomena and it is a wonderful world waiting to be explored via headphones!)   

Theotis Taylor – “Something Within Me” (At 90 years old, the Georgia-based Gospel music pianist/vocalist Theotis Taylor recently released his debut album, Something Within Me, via Big Legal Mess Records.  The album is made up of recordings of Taylor’s blues-soaked voice and piano recorded in 1979 alongside newly recorded studio accompaniment from Liz Brasher, Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers and Will Sexton.  Relatively unheard outside his Georgia church, despite receiving recognition in the 1990s for his appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Folk Masters Series “There’s 12 Gates to the City”: Black Gospel Styles, the Apollo Theatre, and at the NAACP’s 90th Convention, Taylor’s inspiring and uplifting Gospel music will now be heard my many, as it should.)    

Kleenex Girl Wonder – “Tratteggio” (The NY indie-rock band led by the ever-prolific songwriter, Graham Smith, recently released, Vana Mundi, his latest in a long line of albums.  Best known for his lengthy, verbose lyric sheets and highly-melodic Kinks-like brand of power-pop; Smith has crafted an intriguing concept album of sorts, with Vana Mundi – which translates from Latin to “Empty World” – about the balance between alienation and ego.  Check out the standout single below with its stop/start rhythm and super-catchy melodies.)     


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