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Saturday, July 3, 2021

New Music from Campbell and Johnston, Wye Oak, The Wallflowers, Garbage and Bleachers

Campbell & Johnston: Got To Feel It

From Nova Scotia comes the debut album by power duo Christine Campbell and Blake Johnston and their blues-rocking Black Market Band. The pair share guitar duties and take turns on vocals, with Campbell featured on this number. Canadian Beats says "her rich, dusky vocals ... expel heart and soul into every melody," while tracks featuring Johnson "take on the energy of his smooth, funky growl."

Wye Oak: Its Way With Me

It's been a prolific year so far for Jenn Wasner. Shortly after releasing the Head of Roses album via her Flock of Dimes solo project, she and Andy Stack returned as Wye Oak with "TNT," and now comes another single. NPR calls this track "a sublime reflection on self-control and surrender. Over a repetitive guitar pattern, Wasner exhales meditations on agency and acceptance, offering grace for all to hear." Wasner says the song is "about learning to feel at peace amidst the chaos of existence through letting go of all that is beyond our control.”

The Wallflowers: Maybe Your Heart's Not In It No More

We dip again into Exit Wounds, the new LP by Jakob Dylan and company, for this mid-tempo, guitar- and organ-infused number. Dylan calls it a "conversation you could find yourself having with your muse — one where you’re asking if they’ve changed their mind or have you changed yours. Are you still in sync or have you lost touch?" Shelby Lynne provides backing vocals.

Garbage: No Gods No Masters

The title track to the new album by Shirley Manson's long-running project is described by AllMusic as "a driving pop gem that echoes Missing Persons and Blondie. Atop the ever-reliable backing of Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker, Manson defiantly declares, 'The future is mine just the same/No master or gods to obey.'" The website calls the album "a highlight in their discography and one of their best works to date, a potent and outspoken dose of genre-blending artistry that confidently returns Garbage to their position as a band perpetually ahead of the curve."

Bleachers: Stop Making This Hurt

This track has been making its way up the charts over the fast couple of months and eventually earwormed its way into our New Music Bin. Singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff will release the third album from his Bleachers project, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, later this month. Rolling Stone calls this single "a boisterous pop-rock tune led by punchy piano, rich horn stabs, and sliced through with sparkling synths."

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