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Saturday, April 3, 2021

New from Joy Formidable, Weekend Recovery, Keeton Coffman, Annie Keating, Rag 'n' Bone Man

The Joy Formidable: Into the Blue

This single is the Welsh band's first release in three years. Does that mean there's an album on the way? The fact that this track is labeled "Single Edit" would seem to be a good clue. Lead singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan co-wrote and shares vocals with bassist Rhydian Dafydd on this song. Bryan says it's "about surrendering to love and magic. Having the courage to enjoy a new journey and the mystery and excitement of something unexpected.”

Weekend Recovery: Surprise

The trials of a new band: This group formed in 2017 in Leeds, U.K., and after extensive touring was in the midst of producing its debut album. Then the pandemic struck, the label that was going to distribute the record collapsed, and two of the five original members left the group. But a crowdfunding campaign and a new label deal revived the LP, False Company, early this year. Their sound ranges from garage band noise to anthemic pop like this single.

Keeton Coffman: Wounded Heart

This Texas singer-songwriter-guitarist has been part of our mix since his 2016 LP Killer Eyes. We've picked up a couple of his singles since then, and this latest release will be on his second full-length album, Hard Times, due in June. "This is a record I wrote from my experiences, but these aren't stories about me," he told Glide Magazine. "I hope people find themselves in the characters. His heartland rock and storytelling reflect influences such as Bruce Hornsby, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.

Annie Keating: Marigold

In the early days of the pandemic, the Brooklyn-based Americana artist retreated with her family to Bristol County, Massachusetts, along the coast between Cape Cod and Rhode Island. Songs from that retreat make up Keating’s 8th full length album, Bristol County Tides, described as telling "an evocative story of love, loss, and finding what matters most in uncertain times." It's a mix of warm ballands and more upbeat songs, like the single we're featuring in our New Music Bin.

Rag 'n' Bone Man: All You Ever Wanted

Four years since he broke out with the album Human, Rory Graham is about to release a 15-track, semi-autobiographical collection, Life By Misadventure. A native of rural East Sussex, U.K., "Graham got his start in the hip-hop world of Brighton before finding a more suitable vehicle for his massive voice," according to AllMusic. He released a series of soulful, bluesy EPs, culminating in the 2017 LP and its hit single, also called "Human." The new album was largely produced in Nashville and, says NME, "finds Graham taking on a classic rock-influenced sound as he reminisces about the places he grew up in."

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