This week’s recommendations for your discovery!
LAMBCHOP – FLOTUS (MERGE RECORDS)
A very strange new album from alt-country mainstays Lambchop. For some reason, lead singer Kurt Wagner’s vocal is modified via effects throughout. Rather throws the listener for a loop especially when the music is country-folk. It’s an artistic decision that will surely divide fans and critics alike. On our part, the jury is out. But we’re giving it a chance…
VERY FRESH – HEY IT’S ME (INFLATED RECORDS)
Brooklyn’s Cindy Lou is the brains behind Very Fresh and the music on this EP channels 90s alt-rock rather faithfully. Thus, the melodies have that atonal veneer that recalls the likes of Pavement, Superchunk and Yo La Tengo, while the instrumental relies on spare guitars, bass and drums to pull things off.
HARSH CROWD – BETTER (SELF-RELEASED)
Guess the main talking point here is that Harsh Crowd is four 14 (!) year old New York ladies who sound like they time travelled from 1975! Runaways and Joan Jett are obvious references points and it is certainly comforting to note that good ol’ rock n roll is still able to touch the young people!!
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS – SPECIAL NIGHT
Saved the best for last perhaps? Veteran funk-soul man Lee Fields delivers an authentic 60s R&B experience with The Expressions. This is Retro-Pop at its finest with quality songwriting, arrangements and Fields’ dynamic singing. But it all sounds fresh – as it should be – demonstrating the relevance and power of old soul in 2016. Highly Recommended.
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