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Saturday, November 28, 2020

New music by Yukon Blonde, The Weather Station, Dispatch, Airport Impressions, My Morning Jacket

Yukon Blonde: Good Times

This track from the new LP Vindicator is almost two songs in one. It opens as a laid-back yet buoyant piano-based song. As Canadian Beats describes it: "Midway, the track suddenly shifts to a rollicking tangent that’s partially dissociative while never straying from the general vibe." The album is a great listen from start to finish, and we'll be sprinkling more tracks into our mix.

The Weather Station: Tried to Tell You

The folk-rock band fronted by Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman will release its latest album, Ignorance,in February. Of this track, WXPN's The Key writes: "The gradual build of Lindeman’s airy vocals is rooted by a driving dance beat ... [the band] layers strings, guitars, synths in a never-ending crescendo." Lindeman says the lyrics are about “reaching out to someone - a specific person, or maybe every person - who is tamping down their wildest and most passionate self in service of some self (and world?) destructive order."

Dispatch: May We All

Photo: Matt Catalano
This Boston-based indie band got its start in the 1990s, amicably disbanded in the mid-2000s, reunited in the 2010s and now moves into its fourth decade with Chadwick Stokes and Brad Corrigan as its remaining original members. They are in the midst of releasing an album in three phases. Stokes tells American Songwriter that this track from Phase 1 is built around "this idea of what it means to be forsaken and what that might look like to different demographics in our country.”

Airport Impressions: Light Years

We can't claim to be familiar with the music scene in Malta, but by way of UK-based Deuce Music we've been introduced to this indie-rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Errol Sammut. Initially formed in 2008, the band has gone through various personnel changes, solidifying its current lineup about two years ago. The group's sound has drawn comparisons to other bands that emerged in the century's first decade, such as The Killers and Kings of Leon.

My Morning Jacket: Run It

Released in July as part of The Waterfall II, this track has been moving up on the alternative and Americana charts lately, which brought it back to our attention and into our New Music bin. Like the rest of the album, it was recorded back in 2013 in the sessions that led to the release of the original Waterfall LP in 2015. Can eight-year-old music be new? Sure, if we haven't heard it before!

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