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Saturday, June 26, 2021

New tracks by Danielia Cotton, Adrian Sutherland, Slothrust, Gang of Youths, Sleater-Kinney


Danielia Cotton: Good Day


The last time we featured a track from this New Jersey soul-rock artist, it was a powerful lament of racial prejudice, "A Different War." On this new single, Cotton lets hope reign. "During a particularly dark day, in a dark year, I remember sitting down and thinking I want to write a song that puts me in a good mood," she says. "With the help of my new writing partner Jeff Cohen from Nashville, we finished it off with lyrics that actually puts us in the mood that we set out to create."

Adrian Sutherland: Right Here


The frontman of roots-rock band Midnight Shine will release his first solo album in September. 
His home area on the James Bay in Attawapiskat First Nation has been more isolated than usual through the pandemic due to restrictions on flights - the only way in and out. With no access to recording studios, Sutherland "realized he’d have to fully DIY it," according to a press release. "So he spent last fall constructing and preparing his own recording space in a metal shipping container on his property. This spring, Adrian was finally able to start working remotely and interactively with producers and musicians from inside his ‘sea-can studio’" to complete the album. This single follows "Respect the Gift," which we featured in January.

Slothrust: Once More for the Ocean


Photo: Adam Stone
Guitarist/vocalist Leah Wellbaum, bass player Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin met as music students at Sarah Lawrence College in suburban New York and released their first EP in 2010. Now based in Los Angeles, they have their fifth full-length album coming out in September. Wellbaum says: "This song felt like it was handed to me by the ocean. It came to me when I was sitting on some rocks and staring at one of my favorite oceans in the world, on Star Island off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. ... it is about the search for a greater consciousness in times of chaos. For me that feeling of oneness often shows up when I am spending time in nature."


Gang of Youths: the angel of 8th ave.


After making a name for themselves in Australia, Dave Le'aupepe and his band have relocated to London. This single from their upcoming third album is "about falling in love and finding a place in a new city with that person,” Le'aupepe tells NME. "It’s my story, but we wanted it to feel like a more broad spectrum of love and the two major cities that played a big part in mine and my wife’s life." The other city would seem to be New York, given the lyric's references to 8th Avenue and Washington Square.

Sleater-Kinney: Path of Wellness


The 10th album from the Portland-based band has received somewhat mixed reviews, as critics and fans bemoan the departure of a founding member. Paste magazine is mostly positive, calling the record "rooted in a yearning for love and stability during wildly unstable times." Remaining members Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker "are not aiming to replicate the sound they had with ex-drummer Janet Weiss ... Path of Wellness is not quite a consistently triumphant reinvention, but it’s far from the dud some Weiss loyalists anticipated. What results is a very good, occasionally uneven effort ... What [it] lacks in sonic urgency, it makes up for with a vintage classic-rock swagger."

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