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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Music variety! New sounds from The Big Takeover, Brigitte DeMeyer, Real Estate, ROOKS, The Raft

The Big Takeover: Shy

Based in New York's Hudson Valley and fronted by Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie, this seven-piece band describes itself as playing "original music that is rooted in and reverent toward the genres and rhythms of Jamaican pop: reggae, rocksteady, ska." They also blend in "the spirit of Motown and the uptown sophistication of the 21st century retro soul and R&B revival scene." This track is one of the advance singles from their upcoming album Spilling Water.

Brigitte DeMeyer: Cat Man Do

We're always interested in music and musicians that blend multiple influences in new ways, and that applies to this track from DeMeyer's new album, Seeker. A Californian who has spent much of the past decade in Nashville, she "draws on country, folk, blues, gospel, and classic pop for her diverse Americana," as AllMusic puts it. She teams with Wood Brothers pianist/producer Jano Rix on her new album, Seeker. This slinky track with a jazz flavor tells a tale of a "tragically hip" hustler trying to find "the right kind of cool." 

Real Estate: Half a Human

This is the title track from an upcoming EP composed of songs that were initially sketched out during the sessions for the 2020 LP The Main Thing. "The tracks came to life," the band says, when its members "began trading the material back and forth remotely throughout the pandemic." Vocalist/guitarist Martin Courtney says "I was feeling a little weird about being in a band. Like, ‘How is this still a thing?’ ... [But] this is what we’re good at and it’s what we love to do and want to keep doing.”


Following up their debut album, last year's The High Road, this trio from Western Canada has already released two singles this year. "We recorded this track in the middle of our second lockdown here in Alberta," the band says. "Jay (singer/guitarist) was in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and the rest of the band was in Calgary. We sent tracks back and forth until IDM was created. Kinda neat we were never in the same room throughout the process." That's the way so much new music is being recorded these days, we wonder if playing together in a studio is going to become the exception instead of the rule.

The Raft: There's No Going Back

Phil Wilson has been writing recording and performing under the name The Raft since 2003. Based near Liverpool, he cites influences including The Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins and The Sundays - and yeah, The Beatles. This track comes from the new LP Summerheads and Winter Beds.

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