What’s new this second week of the year? Let’s check in with Spotify, shall we?
MARK RONSON – UPTOWN SPECIAL
Fairly old school soul in tone from the British famed producer. Actually though the album’s introductory track was a rip off of Stevie Wonder, when it’s the man himself. Doh! Probably the hipster-est release this week.
PANDA BEAR – MEETS THE GRIM REAPER
Now, this is what I call post-modern electro-pop! Edgy soundscapes married to melodic pop songs. Essential.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – ABSENT FATHERS
Companion piece to 2014’s Single Mothers, this new album is primed for lovers of country-folk singer-songwriters. Expect a thoughtful song-cycle about the chosen subject matter.
LIAM HAYES – SLURRUP
Hayes was the creative force behind 90s obscure gem Plush and it’s an absolute treat to get some new music from the man. Best part is that it sounds like it was made in the 90s – lofi, messy with pristine pop-rock sensibilities. Recommended!
DR. DOG – LIVE AT A FLAMINGO HOTEL
Is it 1975 again? A double live album certainly brings back all kind of good memories. Kudos to Dr. Dog for its dogged (sorry…) determination to keep their music faithful to the classics. Pop-rock at its best!
CALIFORNIA X – NIGHTS IN THE DARK
90s alt-rock goodness from the band’s sophomore effort is a welcome sight! Heavy and sweet, with the right amount of lofi crunch and mellifluence! Praying that this will soon be more popular than pop-punk. Fingers crossed!
… still there’s more …