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Saturday, July 27, 2019

New sounds from Ennieloud, Shayla McDaniel, Annie Keating, Kaiser Chiefs, Of Monsters & Men

North London's EnnieLoud is described as "A trio of musical innovators from various compass points [who] coalesced and crafted their alt-soul sonics in the hugely diverse neighbourhood of Wood Green, a cultural melting pot if ever there was." The band is fronted by singer-songwriter (and street-dancer) Cassandra, influenced by singers ranging from Aretha Franklin to Erykah Badu. We're happy to introduce our listeners to this emerging band and its new single, an ode to its neighborhood called "In My Room."

We previously featured the single "Tension" from another emerging artist, Tennessee singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shayla McDaniel. She's just released her latest EP, Both of My Hands, a six-track collection of soulful jazz-pop. We're now featuring the opening track, "Untied," a song of commitment to a lover or friend: "I’d hold you together / When your pieces don’t fit right / When you come untied."

Also just added to our New Music Bin:

Some Brooklyn Americana by Annie Keating, who mixes country, blues and rock influences on her new album, Can't Stand Still. We're featuring the opening track, a fierce declaration of independence called "Beholden."

We hop back to the UK for a taste of Kaiser Chief's new album Duck. It's the seventh from the Leeds-based alt-rock band. Where their last outing, 2017's Stay Together, took an electro-pop direction and 2014's Education, Education, Education and War was decidedly political, this collection sounds, as The NME puts it, "casually confident." Our pick for the New Music Bin is "Wait."
The just-released album by Of Monsters and Men, Fever Dream, expands their sound beyond its folk roots. We previously featured the guitar-driven "Alligator" and now we're picking up "Wild Roses," which builds from quiet tension to rocking release. “The song shows an introverted side to the album and is influenced by a bit of dance music and Joseph Campbell’s The Power Of Myth and what it is like to lean into your sadness,’” co-vocalist Nanna Hilmarsdóttir said in a statement.

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