I always loved Janet Jackson’s key. As a result, I too once endeavored to use a single key as a fashion accessory. I didn’t do the ear but instead hung it from a chain I wore around my neck in an attempt to be as effortlessly cool as Janet. Needless to say, I didn’t look remotely as cool as her. The fact is when Janet was in her all black, square-shouldered, turtlenecked, booted, hatted, militaristic,disciplinary phase in the late 80’s no one looked as cool. In the same way I prefer “Papa Don’t Preach” Madonna and “brunette” Madonna, “dictator/boss” Janet will always be the BEST Janet to me. Anyway, the latest Weekly New Wonders is here ! I was just thinking about Janet because one of the fine new songs therein reminded me of those exquisite Janet ballads from the “boss” era and their accompanying moody nighttime videos. Still so good. But hey, here are some amazing NEW songs, and I do mean amazing, just for you. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below…
Shahrae’s made something sad, sweet and dreamy, marrying quirkiness with a pretty stunning 80’s/90’s R & B groove. “Forget To Forget Me” meanders in the vein of the very best Janet Jackson ballads (“Let’s Wait Awhile”, “Come Back To Me”, “Lonely”), has an exquisitely memorable tune, and is blessed with a vocal full of longing loveliness.
“Birthplace” is such a ridiculously brazen throwback to the old 70’s singer-songwriter AM radio vibe and is so utterly earnest in it’s pursuit of that feeling that if you weren’t told it was a new song you’d have every reason to believe it was born back then. It sounds like a cross between Nilsson (“The Moonbeam Song” specifically), and magnificent cult troubadour Jimmie Spheeris, is about wandering and realizing, is completely tuneful and sweet and as such is completely out of step with today’s pop in the best possible way. It just plain shines.
Going to cut to the chase here: “GWTC” features one of the finer vocal performances you’re gonna hear this year. Elodie Tomlinson’s voice is tough and handsome, world weary in all the right places and the song itself rocks in a completely transcendent fashion from beginning to end. It’s a straight up solo drive on the highway, hair blowing in the wind, life epiphany theme song, a small slab of plush meat and potatoes rock, and it f-ing rules.
This is a weird and cool painting by David Bowie. I love him dearly but for some reason, until last year, I really wasn’t really familiar with his actual physical artwork. I knew he painted but until I saw the actual physical evidence in person at the masterful Bowie exhibition at NY last year, I had little awareness of how much he actually produced. Seeing the overwhelming volume of drawings, paintings, and storyboards on display was one of the coolest, and oddly most endearing things about the whole event and only served to increase the overwhelming love I have for this guy ( for the record, the polaroids and his personal coke spoon were runners up in the coolest Bowie things I saw there). What I’m getting at is that the latest Weekly New Wonders Playlist is a couple of days late. And all of the above is a roundabout way to say it’s never too late to meet any song ( or piece of art). And so, let me introduce you to a bunch of sweet, new pop songs that are just dying to meet you, right on time.
You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below !
Time to rejoice. There’s a new Shormey song in the world and it’s as infectious and glorious as we’ve come to expect. A hazy eighties, lo-fi melodic beauty, “Boogie Island” positively shimmers. The backing track feels like an uplifting spin on Sade’s mighty fine “Why Can’t We Live Together” cover from her own perfect debut album. We wrote about Shormey’s last single back in August and this seems like a pretty damn good reason to repost that also exceptionally fine song, “Cruise”, one more time in case you missed it ! Check it out below.
In 1970, Linda Perhacs made an album called “Parallelograms” full of spaced out gauzy folk melodicism that still sounds outrageously beautiful nearly 50 years later: it’s seriously wonderful. Pristine and evocative, “Heart’s Cry” gorgeously carries the torch of that Perhacs-ian sound, and even touches upon late UK legend Sandy Denny’s timeless, cryptic and amazing folk, particularly her tracks “All Our Days” and “The Music Weaver”. Aimee Herbert-Smith’s vocal is as lovely as the aforementioned genius’s and this song is the very definition of timelessness.
Meandering, rippling and full of melodic twists, “U Ouchea” is epically pretty ( clocking in at over 7 minutes) and hazy, bringing to mind Lianne La Havas, Des’ree and our lord and savior Joni M. It’ll feature on Christelle’s forthcoming album “Swim Team”, and as delicate/beautiful/gotta get out of here songs for headphones go, this one’s pretty exquisite and will absolutely take you there.
It’s that time. Here are the latest in wonderful new tunes compiled with love and alive within the latest Weekly New Wonders Playlist. Your new favorite song is waiting for you. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Rock on…