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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Justin Saladino, Siobhan O'Brien, Monica Moser, Norah Jones, Graylinglake in our New Music bin

Justin Saladino Band: Take What You Need (Live)

Hailing from Montreal but with a Southern blues-rock sound, this six-piece band has just released JSB Live, recorded over two nights in front of an audience of fans at Quebec's largest recording facility, Piccolo Studios. It's the same method Magpie Salute used for its 2017 debut record - a great idea for a band that's built for live jamming - and the result is a joyful groove. A review at Canadian Beats of JSB's previous LP, 2018's A Fool's Heart, compared the group's playing to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Derek Trucks and Robert Cray. Of the new collection, Saladino says: "The tunes we selected are some of our favourites to perform live and we felt the live versions of these tunes deserved to be recorded. We're all proud of the result."

Siobhan O'Brien: I Stayed Too Long

We previously featured "The King's Fool" by this Irish musician now based in the U.S. O'Brien takes the craft of a lyrical singer-songwriter and gives it rock-band backing on You Can't Run Out of Love, her new album produced in Austin. This is the heaviest track on the LP, with electric guitar, pounding drums and rocking piano, along with some electronic touches on her vocals. Mixes well with: Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne, Wynonna Judd.

Monica Moser: Feeling For You

This is a "reimagining" of a track from the Nashville based singer-songwriter's 2018 album, Your Absence, A Closeness. The new single is accompanied by a video of dancer Natalie Beerman dramatically interpreting the song's concept of trying to feel, to connect with, a person who has been out of touch for a time. Moser says the video "plays with the concept of disorientation via traveling in and out of light & darkness, utilizing a blindfold, and ending with a reverse shot."

Norah Jones: I'm Alive

The first single from the upcoming LP Pick Me up Off The Floor finds Jones again collaborating with Jeff Tweedy, as she did on a couple of tracks on last year's Begin Again. Here, the Wilco frontman plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass, while his son Spencer Tweedy plays brushed drums. Jones' smooth voice and her piano complete the laid-back, gentle sound - in counterpoint to dark lyrics about a woman striving to thrive in an angry world: "You feel your soul get hollowed out/While the world implodes, you just live without." Says Jones: "If there’s a darkness to this album, it’s not meant to be an impending sense of doom, it feels more like a human longing for connection. Some of the songs that are personal also apply to the larger issues we’re all facing. And some of the songs that are about very specific larger things also feel quite personal."

Graylinglake: Runaway

Michael Harrsjö is a former member of True Lies, an American-style-rock band from Malmo, Sweden. With his current project, Graylinglake, he released The Impossible Possible last fall, but it took a while to reach our ears. A review of this single at Alternative Fruit praised its "loud and sunny guitar backed up with a lively drum-beat. ... Thrusty rock vocals holler over the song-structure in a powerful point of sound. ... [It's] an exciting and care-free number. It's about running away, attaining freedom, and facing the world." Harrsjö on guitar, bass, vocal and keyboard is accompanied by Conny Städe on drums and percussion.

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