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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Just added to our mix: Screens 4 Eyes, Valley, Sheryl Crow, Shayla McDaniel, Liam Gallagher

We're glad to present brand-new music from Screens 4 Eyes, an indie electronic-rock-dream-pop group from Tel Aviv, Israel. "Feelings Are For Girls" is their first single since the 2017 album Behind These Doors, which has been in our mix since its release. The band's lineup has changed, other than vocalist-keyboardist Yael Brener. On this track, her misty voice echoes through an electronic soundscape that creates a sense of being drawn into a mystery. The Screens are working on an EP that we hear will have more of a rock-band sound, with guitars, bass and drums joining in.

Photo: Becca Hamel
Toronto indie-pop band Valley has released the second installment of a series of EPs collectively called Maybe. From the new set, called Maybe: Side B, we previously featured "Park Bench" and now we're picking up the opening track, "A Phone Call in Amsterdam." With its musical mix of acoustic and electronic sounds, band members have called it "the quintessential Valley song." Guitarist-vocalist Mike Brandolino says "It’s lyrically open-ended, so you adapt it to your own story and whatever’s going on in your life while you listen.”

As always, we embrace a wide range of music in our big mix - so from electro-pop we jump to earthy Americana music. Sheryl Crow has just released a single with her "two favorite women in all of rock n' roll," Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples. The trio harmonize and trade solos singing about a "lover stubborn as a weed" on this country-rock track, "Live Wire." Crow's upcoming LP, Threads, featuring a series of  all-star collaborations, is due in late August.

New to our mix is Shayla McDaniel, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has made a splash in her home area of Knoxville, Tennessee, and is starting to gain wider attention. Her new single, "Tension," is smooth and soulful with a touch of jazz. McDaniel's will be releasing a collection called Both of My Hands next month.

Rounding out our weekly picks is a dose of gritty rock from Liam Gallagher. The second solo album from the former Oasis singer, to be called Why Me? Why Not? is in the works, and he's just released the first taste, called "Shockwave."

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