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Saturday, January 16, 2021

New from Foo Fighters, Adrian Sutherland, Inhaler, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Matthew Sweet

Foo Fighters: Waiting on a War

The latest single from the upcoming Medicine at Midnight LP finds Dave Grohl contemplating how his daughter's worries about the state of the world mirror his own as a child during the Cold War. "Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, 'Daddy, is there going to be a war?,'" Grohl said in a statement. "My heart sank as I realized that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago. ... Everyday waiting for the sky to fall. Is there more to this than that? Is there more to this than just waiting on a war? Because I need more. We all do." The track is largely acoustic before building to a fierce finale.

Adrian Sutherland: Respect the Gift

The closing line "Only one shot / You gotta give it all you got" sums up the theme of this rocker. The indigenous singer/songwriter from northern Ontario says it's "about using our ‘gifts’ for good, and not taking for granted the everyday freedoms and luxuries we have. There’s never been a more important time to appreciate all that we find precious, especially given the world we’re living in today." FYI Music News writes: "The track features a spirited guitar riff, funky rhythms, and solid backing vocals, turning it into an upbeat song of celebration." . 

Inhaler: When It Breaks

This Irish quartet fronted by Elijah Hewson (who happens to be Bono's son) is preparing its debut album for release early this year. Of this single, recorded during the summer of quarantine, the bad says: "The lyrics and the music communicate the anxiousness of how we were all feeling, and still are now a couple months later. It’s our interpretation of this strange and imperfect world we’ve come to live in.” 

Elizabeth and the Catapult: Pop the Placebo

This is the first taste from the New York-based indie singer-songwriter's new album - sincerely, e - due in March. Behind her acoustic guitar and vocal, orchestral strings and backing vocals swell and recede  as Elizabeth Ziman describes her efforts to cope with pandemic isolation by following the advice of wellness gurus. "I was trying everything possible to stay healthy, as if controlling all the minutiae of my life would ward off any possibility of getting sick or feeling unhappy. ... The practices were all seemingly healthy, but my preoccupation with them was not."

Matthew Sweet: At A Loss

With the release of Catspaw, we're featuring another track from his 15th album and his third since moving in 2013 from LA to his home state of Nebraska. Produced at his home studio, with Sweet playing all the parts except drums, the album "finds him further digging into his "anthemic power pop and tube-amp guitar wizardry," as AllMusic puts it. The lyric describes someone unsure about how to act in a new relationship, hoping the other will take the lead: "I'll never know what I'm gonna say / 'Til you say you do / Until then, I'm at loss."

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