Sunday, February 12, 2017

Digging deeper into recent releases

We've added a big batch of new music to our Marvelous Mix this week, including additional tracks from albums that we've introduced in recent months.

For example, since summer we've been playing a few tracks from Canadian singer-songwriter Lauren Mann's latest album, Dearestly. Now we've dipped into it again and pulled out "Show Me The Way," a track that contrasts Mann's lilting voice with hard-driving keyboard, guitar and percussion, demanding your attention.

Satellites and Saints is the debut release from Goggy, a solo project by Margrit Eichler, who also fronts the San Francisco-based trio True Margrit. And it's truly solo - self-recorded and self-produced in Eichler's home studio. We've been playing a track called "Original Voice" for a couple of months, and now we're adding the title track to our playlist.

Our readers and listeners know we've been high on emerging Los Angeles band Night Talks ever since their first single dropped back in July. The full debut LP In Dreams was released Friday, and we're happy to report that there are no letdowns - it's one solid track after another. You'll be hearing them all sprinkled through our mix.

On the opposite coast of the USA, a band called Run To Sandy has been building a following in the Philadelphia area for several years. This week marks the release of its latest EP, Save The Pieces. Our pick for the New Music bin is "Mid Summer Crisis" - never mind that it's the middle of winter here in the North! In fact, it's a fine time for a song that expresses a longing for summertime, and we can imagine this tune blasting from a bar on the Jersey Shore.

Back to Canada for Vancouver's The New Pornographers, who just gave us a first a taste of their next album, Whiteout Conditions, due in April. "High Ticket Attractions" is an energetic piece of power pop, with A.C. Newman and Kathryn Calder providing the call-and-response vocals.

And we're picking up the single "Wash Up" from Won't Let You Down, the debut solo release by Lake Street Dive bassist Bridget Kearney. It's a cheerful-sounding pop tune about a regretted relationship. We hear hints of Fleetwood Mac among other influences.

There's so much good new music coming out every day that we can't possibly keep up. But if you know an artist or band that we should check out, please clue us in! Comment on this page, find us on Facebook or Twitter or email us. Thanks! 

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