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Saturday, December 8, 2018

New tunes from Frances Cone, The Chestertons, Fast Friends, Lake Street Dive and The Revivalists

Frances Cone is the indie-pop project of Christina Cone, a classically trained pianist and vocalist. After releasing album in 2013, Cone began working with bassist Andy Doherty and together they formulated a lush multi-layered sound surrounding Cone's breathy vocals. Partly recorded in New York and partly since their move to Nashville, their new album Late Riser is due out in January. We're featuring "Failure," which Cone calls a love song to imperfections - "a reach beyond tolerance to acceptance and even fondness."
Continuing in an indie-music vein, we head up the interstates from Nashville to Cleveland to pick up "Big Life," a new single from The Chestertons. It's a straight-forward, guitar-based rocker (except for a spacey break in the middle), with earnest vocals by Kevin Bianchi. We've previously featured a few tracks from Bianchi's solo project, Vanishing Shores.
Adding some European flavor to our mix this week is Paris-based Fast Friends, a French-Swedish pop-rock duo. They have just released their debut EP, Unknown Homes, and we tried out the lead track "Eureka" on The Detour last Sunday. We found its quirky, laid-back, lo-fi sound quite appealing and have now popped it into our New Music bin.

Six months or so after releasing their latest album, Free Yourself Up, Lake Street Dive has taken some songs that didn't make that collection and put them out as an EP called Freak Yourself Out. We're featuring the standout "Who Do You Think You Are?"
And we're pulling yet another track from Take Good Care, last month's release from The Revivalists. This one, called "Change," reminds us a lot of the bluesier side of The Black Keys.

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