The reedy sway of crash‘s voice will pull you in, come hell or high water. Lamenting the loss of his native New Orleans home, crash simultaneously presents himself with strength and vulnerability. Everything he knew and loved may have been lost to the flood, but he rises above and lets the beauty float up and out from the earthy guitar and slow dance of slogging through loss.
On “Ace of Cups,” Orenda Fink‘s (Azure Ray) warm voice skates over ice-blue electronic melody. The structure of the synthesizer brings Fink’s details into focus – you can hear her breath, the movement of her lips, the roundness of her vowels. The effect is strikingly and appropriately intimate.
“Boys” has a twangy melody with tip-tap drumming and throaty male vocals backed up by delicate female whispers. Portland, Oregon’s bed. is the musical outlet for the founders of Breakup Records, Alex Haager and Sierra Frost. Download the track here, and look for their release show on May 18th if you’re in their neck of the woods.
The Rebel Light is having a lot of fun in California, and it shines through on this cover of “Be My Baby.” Straight off, the vocals grab your attention, achieving their Spector-like sound by being recorded in a bathroom (a smart move that was employed by Stax Records on many of their recordings). The cover remains true to the original, but the phrasing and delivery of the chorus makes it unique and keeps your brain from just lulling into the original you’ve heard hundreds of times before. Download the track above and have fun singing along while you cruise around with your windows down.
Jubilant post-chorus guitars and crashing drums crush themselves against downer lyrics in La Sera‘s second single from Hour of the Dawn, “Running Wild.” You can check out Katy Goodman’s also-excellent first single from the record here.
When I think about AM radio (yes, I think about AM radio), this is pretty much what comes to mind. Sunny, straight-ahead grooves that smack of the 70s, regardless of when the song was actually released. Anne Cunningham and David Lerner of Trummors double up on vocals, putting a little texture on the melodic sheen of the track. Pull on your bell bottoms and chill out while you download “Bogus Bruce” above.
Okay. I don’t know how I feel about this song. It is noisy and has a bizarre rhythm and the singer’s style is, to put it politely, unique. Everything kind of pulls together in the chorus, though, and “Come & See” kept bouncing around my brain for quite some time after hearing it only once. I’ve got my eye on you, Protomartyr. Y’all are just going to take a few shakes to sort out.