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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Our latest picks: Wye Oak, Eels, Alice Merton, Super Doppler, Flora Cash

Due to time constraints, we only have brief notes this week on our featured new music. But it's the music that matters, not our comments, right? Here are our latest picks:

Wye Oak: "Lifer" from their just-released album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. We'll also be dropping other tracks from this well-crafted album into our mix. Check out the good reviews it has received from Pitchfork, The 405 and NPR Music.

Eels: "You Are The Shining Light" from the new album The Deconstruction. The album title states its unifying theme of stripping away pretense and false hopes to deal with life as it really is and ourselves as we really are. In this song, the message is that the real you can be a positive force. Check out this review from American Songwriter.

Alice Merton: "Lash Out," from her debut No Roots EP. The title track got overexposed before we had a chance to feature it, but we're grabbing this one while it's fresh.

Super Doppler: "I Can Breathe." We featured this band from Norfolk, Virginia, about a year ago when they were about to release their debut album (under a different name, Major and the Monbacks, which they changed about 10 seconds before the release). Their music, which they have called "retro psych-country rock n roll," has heavy overtones of mid-era Beatles and a good-times vibe.
Flora Cash: "You're Somebody Else." Cole Randall, from the U.S., and Shpresa Lleshaj, from Sweden, met via an online music site, became collaborators and then husband and wife. Their folky/dreamy/pop album Nothing Lasts Forever (And It's Fine), came out a year ago, but is getting more attention after a SXSW appearance last month. The opening lyric of this single caught our attention right off: "I saw the part of you that, only when you're older, you will see, too."

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