Sunday, February 26, 2017

New music from both sides of the Atlantic

Once again this week we're adding new music from indie bands and major-label acts alike. And honestly we think the indies are the more interesting ones! So let's get to them first:

Edgar Road is an alternative-rock band from Elgin, in northeastern Scotland. They cite Elbow, Coldplay and U2 among their influences, and the five-piece group does bring an anthemic and uplifting sound to "Kollide," a track from their newly released second album, Looking Glass. The band's name apparently refers to the location of the high school that some of the band members attended (and since we named our radio station after a street, we're naturally partial to a band named after a road). Hat tip to Deuce Music for alerting us to this emerging band.


We're likewise happy to discover Wyland, a quartet from the town of Kearny in New Jersey's Meadowlands region (hold the "swamps of Jersey" jokes, please). We caught up with them via Noisetrade.com, which has a preview of their upcoming EP Snake Hill. We're featuring the rousing "Lights Go Dark" in our New Music bin. (Photo by Brian L. Tice Jr.)

We head out to Los Angeles for The Wild Reeds, featuring the vocal talents of  Sharon Silva, Kinsey Lee and Mackenzie Howe, in powerful solos and delicate harmonies alike. When they appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series in 2015, producer Bob Boilen wrote, "Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special." We've added "Only Songs" to our New Music rotation. It's the first single from the album The World We Built, due in April.

OK now on to the bigger-name acts...

The Chainsmokers aren't so much a band as a pair of American DJs, but they've teamed up with Coldplay (or at least with Chris Martin under that name) on a song called "Something Just Like This." It's four minutes of pure pop fun, nothing more and nothing less.

Rounding out this week's New Music five-pack is "Young & Wild," the latest single to spin out from Canadian band The Strumbella's 2016 album, Hope.



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