Saturday, December 3, 2016

Trippy & down-to-earth music added to our mix

Indie artists dominate our New Music picks again this week, and as usual there's lots of variety in our selections.

Send Medicine is a self-described psychedelic rock band based in Los Angeles. What's now a five-piece band grew from a solo project by Toronto singer-songwriter Julian Hacquebard before he moved to the U.S. a few years back. Their debut album Scary Aquarius Daughter came out earlier this year, and they're back already with a single, "Translucent," that puts a brighter shine on their trippy vibe. It's dance music for today's hippies.

Sorcha Richardson is another transplant to the States, having moved from Dublin to New York in her late teens. She's now living and making music in Brooklyn. She's released a trio of singles in recent months, including "Lost," written for a friend who was going through a breakup. Her slice-of-life lyrics remind us a bit of Courtney Barnett, or Margaret Glaspy, or Hemming, but hers is a distinct voice.

Matthew Wolcott is, interestingly enough, the third lawyer-turned-musician to enter our music mix (see Scott Krokoff and Gary Douglas). The Dallas native played in bands around that city while studying and practicing law, but is now turning to music full-time and just release his debut EP, Western Lights. The title track would blend well with Bruce Hornsby or The Jayhawks.

Another Texas native, Keeton Coffman, joined our playlist several weeks with "Ellie," and now we're adding another track from his first full-length album, Killer Eyes - the expansive rocker "What We're Reaching For."

The fifth addition to our New Music bin this week is not from an indie band, but a new project by Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi. The band is CRX, and from its debut album New Skin we're spinning the power-pop single "Ways To Fake It."

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