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Sunday, January 21, 2018

New music by David Byrne, Sunflower Bean, Caitlin Canty & introducing The Recoupes

A lot of commercial radio stations are so stuck in their formats that they won't play new releases by long-established artists. But we're always happy to hear new music from "old masters." So we're adding the first single from David Byrne's forthcoming American Utopia to our New Music playlist this week. The album, due in March, reunites Byrne with Brian Eno and includes many other collaborators. The single, "Everybody's Coming To My House," was co-written by Eno. Byrne is planning an extensive tour behind the album, including a stop at Coachella.
Also due in March is the third album by Sunflower Bean. Twentytwo In Blue will include the single "I Was A Fool," which we've been playing for a couple of months, and a second single has just spin out, called "Crisis Fest." Stereogum says that on this track, the Brooklyn-based trio "diverts from the dreamy indie-rock that ran throughout their 2016 debut album, Human Ceremony, toward an energetic mix of classic rock and pop rock."
Shifting to the singer-songwriter vein, we have a new single from Caitlin Canty, her first full-length collection since 2015's Reckless Skyline. “Take Me For A Ride” is a slow, contemplative number featuring a regret-tinged vocal backed by guitar and mournful pedal-steel. “The song is a take on the frustration in circling back to a vice or a person that you’ve been trying to quit,” Canty told American Songwriter. It will be the opening track on the Vermont-born, Nashville-based Canty's Motel Bouquet.


From the bars and clubs of London and Essex comes a young quartet called The Recoupes. They've started to get some airplay in the U.K. and they're about to release a single, "All I Know." It's a bouncy rocker that frontman Alan Li says is about "knowing that you can’t be perfect – especially when you’re young, and feel like you’re still getting the hang of life. But despite that, you find someone who accepts that and you want to give your all to them.” Ah, young love!

And we're dipping back into the recent EP by Common Deer, called simply II. We've been playing the exuberant "Wait!" and now we're featuring "Gone," a somewhat more pensive track that still features the Toronto quintet's expansive, cinematic sound.

We're always on the hunt for new music and new artists, and we're open to your suggestions. Comment on this page, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or email us: birchstreetradio@gmail.com

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