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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Another wide-ranging mix in our New Releases bin

Our goal is to bring our listeners a wide range of musical styles, and this week's batch of New Releases is a good example: Country-tinged folk-rock, shoegaze-y rock, Latin-flavored rock, pop rock - and a Beatles homage.

As we've said before, one musical discovery often leads to another, and that's the case this week as we add Caroline Reese & The Drifting Fifth to our Marvelous Music Mix.

One of the featured new releases we introduced last week was from New York-based singer-songwriter Lizzie No. She and Pennsylvania native Caroline Reese are longtime friends who often share a bill and pitch in on each others' songs - as seen here at a recent show at a coffeehouse in New Jersey.
Lizzie No, Caroline Reese at The Dragonfly, Somerville, N.J.
With her band The Drifting Fifth, Reese has just released her third album, Tenderfoot. It blends strains of country-western and folk-rock - befitting of someone who splits her time these days between Pennsylvania and Montana. For this week's New Releases bin we've picked a song about gambling on love, called "Snake Eyes."

From right between New York and Pennsylvania - but from a very different musical genre - comes Overlake. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, this three-piece cites influences including Yo La Tengo (from the next town over, Hoboken) and My Bloody Valentine. Tom Barrett (guitar, vocals) and Lysa Opfer (bass, vocals) met while playing in a hard-rock band and later formed Overlake with drummer Nick D’Amore. They've just released their second album, Fall, and we've added the atmospheric "Winter Is Why" to our New Music rotation.

Now we take another sharp turn musically to bring on Making Movies, a Kansas City-based quartet that blends African and Latino rhythms and instruments into their unique blend of rock. They're about to release their second album, I Am Another You, produced by Steven Berlin of Los Lobos. It includes a track called "Brave Enough" that features Hurray For The Riff Raff, with that band's Alynda Segarra sharing vocals with MM's Enrique Chi. We're making that our pick for the New Releases bin, but we'll surely be dipping more into this album, due in a couple of weeks

Due in July is a new album from Whitehorse, with the curious title Panther in the Dollhouse. By our count, it's the fourth release of new material from the Hamilton, Ontario couple, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet (they've also released a couple of covers records and a French-language compilation of some of their songs). We're spinning the just-released single, "Nighthawks."

And as long-time Beatles fans (going back to when they were new!) we couldn't help but smile when we first heard Major and the Monbacks playing "We Are Doing Fine." This Norfolk, Virginia, band has its own sound and style, with Southern-rock roots (the "Monbacks" name derives from the Southern U.S. farewell phrase, "C'mon back"). But on this track from their forthcoming Moonlight Anthems LP, they fully immerse themselves in the Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery-era sound. We hope you'll smile along, too.

Besides featuring these tracks in our New Releases bin this week, we've added more tunes from the latest albums by Port Cities, Soulajar, The Wild Reeds, Cage the Elephant, Laura Marling, Lonely Avenue and more. And we're always adding to the collection of 60s-70s-80s-90s-2000s music in our ever-expanding Marvelous Mix. Tune in and enjoy!

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