Here’s the latest batch of wonderful new music organized just for you into an easily digestible playlist you can listen to on Soundcloud or Spotify i.e. it’s Weekly New Wonders ! A day late but worth the wait ( hopefully). Open your heart and let ’em in.
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Clocking in at nearly 6 minutes, “Winters” might well give you the sensation of taking a journey. It’s otherworldly, epic and over the top, featuring Taft Mashburn’s gigantic, wavering and emotive voice over a post rock backdrop. Yet even with all the widescreen beauty on display here, there is still something innately lonely and solitary at the core of the song. It’s really something.
Schizophrenic and lush, “Sun Skin Air” is a melodic mix of krautrock and pop and features a straight up prog bridge that sounds like it wandered in from an early Genesis album. Basically it’s a bit of a whirling dervish, completely infectious and extremely difficult to avoid getting completely charmed by and sucked into.
Them Leopards are back with another wonderful and criminally sticky pop tune, this one a message for “Heather” whom they’re fed up with being mistreated by, but who still rules their life. “Call me when you get your shit together”, and “hope it’s not the way you’ll be forever”. Jaunty and blue and just too true.
Did you watch that video ? Pretty great right ? It’s unquestionably the best burying the past and who you were and rising up with the breeze anthem you’re gonna hear this year.
No one is doing what Yola is doing right now. Creating songs in this particular style, with these kind of vocals, that are this innately melodic. It’s true. Now Yola’s songs have a lot of ingredients in their make up. They are an amalgamation of straight up vintage 70’s country pop ( Dolly, Dottie West, Tanya Tucker), classic Laurel Canyon song craft and feeling ( Eagles, Byrds, Carole King, Ronstadt), and Stax-ian power ( Judy Clay), with a dollop of the warmest of early seventies soul (Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack ). They’re all in there, but why does what Yola’s doing here stand out and rise above the rest right now ? Yes, her grand, heart-squeezing widescreen voice is amazing, but at the end of the day, these are just damn good songs, plain and simple.
3 tracks have been released from her forthcoming album “Walk Through Fire” thus far ( out 2/22 and produced by Dan Auerbach ), all distinctly different in sound with not a weak link among them. Listen below to “Faraway Look”, a truly Righteous Sister of a song and “Love All Night (Work All Day)”, which was undoubtedly a # 1 country song in 1975 in an alternate universe. Wow.
There is something oddly familiar about this song, so much so you may feel as if you’ve heard it before even after being exposed to only 30 seconds of it. This is because it’s what you might call “classically constructed” with a marked, definitive hook, and a real lyrical clarity…so yeah, it may well feel like you’ve been here before. Even the vocal possesses a “don’t I know you?” quality with it’s evocation of a world weary Laura Nyro, a ridiculously dark Carole King, and a keening Fiona Apple. It all adds up to something mighty fine, fully formed and out of time, that’s as sadly beautiful as can be. And that crying guitar solo is also pretty exquisite.
This playlist is a little late but hopefully you’ll feel like it was worth the wait. It’s just, and I’ll be brutally honest here, there wasn’t a ton of killer stuff last week, and so we decided to wait until we had a more well fed Weekly New Wonders Playlist before we posted anything. Yeah, that’ll happen sometimes but no matter, here is the latest in heartfelt pop music, all for you, you, you.
You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify right here…