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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Fresh tracks from Georgia Harmer, Caamp, Momma, Florence + The Machine, The Black Keys

Georgia Harmer: All In My Mind

This Toronto-based artist will release her debut album, Stay in Touch, next month. Her bio notes that well-known Canadian singer-songwriter and environmental activist Sarah Harmer is her aunt. Georgia Harmer toured as a vocalist for Alessia Cara before focusing on her own music. This song, she says, is about “being gaslighted in an early relationship.” But the track has an upbeat, cheerful sound. “I had enough sad songs and I just wanted to rock out.”

Caamp: Believe

Photo by Sophia Matinazad
We last heard from the Columbus, Ohio-based band in 2020 with the single "Officer of Love." The group's fourth LP, Lavender Days, is coming in June. The album is said to explore "themes of loss and heartache" brought on by the pandemic and resulting isolation. This track, says lead singer Taylor Meier, is "about sticking through the tough and heading for the sun."

Momma: Rockstar

Photo by Cooper Burton
Described as a "Brooklyn-based and LA-born grunge-pop outfit," the band led by singers-guitarists Allegra Weingarten and Etta Friedman is working on its third album. On this single, the pair sing about the allure of the music industry. "Etta and I wanted to write a song about making it big," says Weingarten. "We didn’t want to take anything too seriously, lyrically or musically. We just wanted the song to sound big."

Florence + The Machine: My Love

Florence Welch and her music-making machine's upcoming fifth album is titled Dance Fever - ringing a bell for anyone who was aware of pop culture in the 80s. Welch says this song began as an acoustic “sad little poem” that she wrote in her kitchen, before being transformed into an energetic dance track. “Sometimes the biggest dance songs, I think, have a really sad core to them,” she said in a BBC Radio 1 interview.

The Black Keys: Wild Child

The 11th album from the team of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, Dropout Boogie, is coming in May - just as their debut LP as The Black Keys turns 20 years old. Stereogum tells us this lead single features Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright and Kings Of Leon’s Angelo Petraglia. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the album's songs were written in the studio, and several of its tracks featured are first takes. "That’s always been the beauty of the thing Pat and I do - it’s instant," says Auerbach. "We’ve never really had to work at it ... we’d just do it and it would sound cool."

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