Friday, September 21, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat

Ben Pirani – “It’s Understanding” (Ben Pirani is a New York-by-way-of-Chicago based classic soul revivalist that brings a DJ’s pedigree to his debut solo album, How Do I Talk To My Brother?.  Out today on Cincinnati’s Colemine Records, Pirani also brings about a positive, revolution-sparking message which is sung from his heart and delivered in his smooth as silk falsetto for a very promising debut.  Check out the uplifting doo-wop bounce of the album standout here.)   

Mountain Man – “Rang Tang Ring Toon” (Out today on Nonesuch Records, is Magic Ship, the first album in eight years from the folk-pop trio made up of Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé.  Led by the cozy campfire fun of the single heard here, the trio creates sparse, organic folk music using only their beautifully braided vocal harmonies and sometimes a simple acoustic guitar.  The album features fourteen tracks, composed of eleven timeless-sounding originals and three covers, one of which is a wonderful reimagining of the traditional Gospel hymn, "Bright Morning Stars".)     

Deafheaven – “Honeycomb” (Led by this epic, standout track with its surging power-metal riffage and blissful, highly-melodic dream-pop coda; the San Fran. black metal band’s recently released album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love – out now on Anti - is another sterling example of how the band is both defining the genre while also defying it’s limitations.  Expanding their sound further, guests Chelsea Wolfe and Ben Chisholm provide additional vocals and production to the eerily pretty piano-led standout, “Night People” and the band adds cinematic post-rock textures to yet another standout, “Canary Yellow”.)


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