Category: New Music Reviews

Weekly New Wonders Playlist !

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Look at that billboard. When “Blue” was new. 1971. Wow. I imagine it was probably really cool to be driving along and look up and see that in the distance back then. Pretty sure I would’ve greeted it out loud upon passing. And so Joni turned 75 this month and if that’s not a good enough reason to throw more worship at her don’t know what is. Anyway, here we are and here is the latest installment of Weekly NewWonders featuring heartbreakingly fine new music from truly fine bands. You can listen on Spotify or Soundcloud but please note lists are ever so slightly different as some songs are not yet available on Spotify and some are not yet available on Soundcloud. Listen to both so you don’t miss anything. It’s a good one.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist

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Welcome to the latest Weekly New Wonders, a small gathering of some of the finer new music from the past week or so. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify but please note: the Spotify list is a bit longer this week due to some stuff not being available on Soundcloud as of this writing so listen to both for maximum discovery.

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Lawrence Rothman “Decade”

The perfect pop entree into Lawrence’s just released and exceptionally fine “I Know I’ve Been Wrong But Can We Talk ?” mini album, “Decade” is a lush locomotive of heartache, about how the past can color the present and resembles an imaginary collaboration between Tears for Fears and Naked Eyes. It manages to be both infectious and wistfully sad and, well, it’s a real beauty.

IV League “Lose Me”

Soundwise “Lose Me” has that alt 80’s kinda vibe, a little March Violets , a little Divinyls, plus, moving forward from those people, a bit of Hole circa “Celebrity Skin”, as in it’s all tuneful guitar line and massive chorus… but it also has a little something extra, namely Bella Venutti’s ridiculous voice. Massive, pleading, and here maybe asking everyone around her to hang in there with her while she figures shit out, it’s a force of nature. And do yourself a favor and check out their glorious pop fuzz fest from earlier this year, “Superstar” below, it’s a tornado.

 

Rahkii “Zoom”

Whoa. Okay, this is cool for a myriad of reasons. For one, and it’s a big one, it’ll remind you of something definitively great, specifically Erykah Badu in her 90’s “Baduism”era. Also, part of the video takes place in a library ( I secretly wish all videos did) which is, in and of itself, beautiful. “Zoom” is infectious and sweet sass end to end, filled to the gills with soul and style, and all that along with Rahkii’s voice and charismatic presence add up to one of the best soul things to hit this year. I swear, it really is. More please.

Weekly New Wonders Playlist !

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Axl Rose was (in)famous for his being pathologically late for Guns N’ Roses shows back in their early 90’s heyday. As in your ticket might’ve said “Guns N’ Roses Civic Arena 8pm” but you wouldn’t actually be hearing “Paradise City” until maybe midnight. This was (allegedly) because he needed mental preparation time before shows, as he had to be in a particular head before he could go out to perform. Until he knew he could complete the show, could confirm that he could in his mind, he couldn’t officially start it. I am not defending this behavior, it was all kinds of f-d up and resulted in a lot of mess. Which is to say I “Axl Rose’d” on the Weekly New Wonders Playlist over the past 2 weeks, as in there hasn’t been one until now. Yeah, stuff got in the way, but no worries for here is the latest and greatest all ready to perform. As a result of the delay it’s a slight bit longer than usual (a lot of raindrops can fall in 2 weeks) so you can you use it to soundtrack your trip both there and back . And you can listen on Spotify or Soundcloud. And please note the usual : lists are slightly different as in all songs aren’t available on both services, so yeah, PLEASE check out both for maximum coverage, don’t want you to miss anything. Take me home…

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist

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This weeks new music is a little on the mellow and short side for some reason, just happened that way, but hey we all need a break once in a while right ? And so here’s a soundtrack of the newest to recline, tune out, and contemplate the cosmos to. You can listen on Spotify or Soundcloud BUT recommend choosing the latter this week as a few songs are not on Spotify as of this writing !

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Anthony Friedlander “Sacrifice”

Don’t know if I’ve heard many things that have been as lush and heartrending as “Sacrifice” this year. From the cascading piano chords, to the plaintive Brian Wilson looking at a rainy beach vocal ( swear that’s what it sounds like), both the mood and construction of this song are something else: no hyperbole, it really is transcendent. It brought to mind one of the absolute diamonds of the 21st century, the Ed Harcourt song “From Every Sphere”, itself a blueprint for grand, evocative, melodic epics to ponder the universe to, and is equally as beautiful.

Ghostly Kisses “The City Holds My Heart”

Morose and handsome, tearjerking and tuneful, “The City Holds My Heart” is an electro wash with a delicate beat that comes over like a wistful, modern and melancholy cousin to the Eurythmics classic “Here Comes the Rain Again”. Ghostly Kisses is Margaux Sauvé and her vocal here rings with the gorgeously austere clarity of UK folk rock legends Sandy Denny and June Tabor which is indisputably wonderful company to be in. Basically it’s sad, and is a perfect soundtrack for staring out of rain dappled train windows, which is to say it’s pretty great.

Weekly New Wonders Playlist !

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Look at this Tree Kangaroo. Also, please listen to this weeks offering of fine new songs all neatly arranged within the latest installment of our Weekly New Wonders Playlist. You can listen on Spotify or Soundcloud below . Please note that lists are slightly different as in there are 2 songs not available on Soundcloud as of this writing, and 1 not available on Spotify. And so yes, check out both. There are a  lot of things I would qualify as pretty and evocative this time around so set up your chair in front of the staring window and just press play.

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