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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Greeting 2022 with New Music by Sarah Borges, Mitski, Shout Out Louds, Edgar Road, Tame Impala

Sarah Borges: Wouldn't Know You

Our first batch of new-music picks for the new year includes a brand-new track from Together Alone, expected in February. Like so many musicians in the Time of Covid, this Boston-based alt-country-Americana artist recorded the album remotely, with New York producer Eric Ambel. Borges told local news outlet The Patriot Ledger that the new LP leans more toward rock. "My sound has changed. I was big into indie rock when I started ... Then I fell in love with country music and wrote that way for a while. I play a couple of different styles now, but I don’t consciously try to write in any one style." The lyric here tells of a fellow who's looking worse for the wear of rough living: "I'd be willing to bet / that if you're mom and you met / she wouldn't know you."

Mitski: The Only Heartbreaker

Another early-2022 release will be this Japanese-American pop-rock musician's Laurel Hell. This single was co-written with Semisonic's Dan Wilson. NPR says it "enlists an '80s sound in classic 'Take On Me' style that emphasizes the histrionics of intentionally sabotaging something or someone. Simple in its attempt to process the dreadful stomach-pit feeling of being the only passionate one in a relationship - even if it means knowingly invoking pain - 'The Only Heartbreaker' succeeds in its sing(or scream at the top of your lungs)-along potential and aching honesty."

Shout Out Louds: As Far Away as Possible

Also due in February is House, the first album in five years by this indie band from Sweden. It was produced in Stockholm by Bj√∂rn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John. Of this advance single, the band says it "had to do with that sensation of being stuck, of longing for a break from the hum-drum of the day-to-day. Maybe a drink, a night out, a simple slip out the back door. Or something more. Anything really. Anything other than this. By dreaming of being as far away as possible, this song shines a light in the expansive darkness.”

Edgar Road: Little Man

The latest single by this indie band from northeastern Scotland took a little while to make its way across the water, but it's fresh enough to land in our New Music bin. The track features the five-piece band's signature sound, combining a solid rock foundation with airy keyboards and Mark Conti's from-the-heart lead vocal.

Tame Impala: No Choice

Building on the success of last year's Slow Rush, Kevin Parker and company are bringing out a deluxe edition next month, and this new single will be one of the added tracks. Australian music site TripleJ writes: "Obviously, it's sonically in line with The Slow Rush material - mixing dance music momentum with psych rock flair."

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