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Saturday, March 5, 2022

The latest from Danielia Cotton, Kate Klim, Arkells, Calexico, Liam Gallagher hit our New Music bin

Danielia Cotton: Follow Me

This singer-songwriter, who has been a regular in our mix, will release her latest LP this month. She says she titled the album Good Day "not because it's the theme but because it's what I wanted most fervently these songs to give me when I listened to them, and thus also my audience." Her music mixes genres including rock, soul and country. In an interview with The Bluegrass Situation, Cotton cited The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Sly and The Family Stone among her influences. This song tells parallel stories of a woman and man needing help finding their way: "Hey babe, you're going nowhere / When you want to go somewhere, follow me."

Kate Klim: Lines

After a taking a break from performing around the birth of her two sons, this Nashville-based singer-songwriter returned to the studio in early 2020 and began recording new material - just before the pandemic shut everything down. Completed mostly at home, the just-released album is titled Something Green. It tells stories of "change and growth through the lens of her ending marriage," according to Klim's website. “It's an album about hope, love, change, and new growth,” she says. We previously featured the title track, and follow with this song of feeling disoriented by change: "I don’t recognize my life ... I used to feel like I belonged here."

Arkells: Reckoning

Following up 2021's Blink Once, the Ontario-based band has a new album, Blink Twice, on deck for release this year. Frontman Max Kerman says this song "is about privileged people who bury their heads in the sand. It's also about the admiration for those who lead by example, and want justice for people beyond their own kin." Entertainment site Exclaim! writes that the track melds the band's "signature triumphant, horn-heavy clap-alongs and evident hip-hop metrical influences with menacing, grandiose strings."

Calexico: Harness the Wind

The latest album from Joey Burns, John Convertino and company, El Mirador, is due next month. Burns describes this track as "a song about hope and sharing compassion to fellow travelers and dreamers who are trying to find their way." He adds: "When we recorded the track it felt like we tapped into a spark of bright light and positivity. Everything fell together quickly and naturally. With the shiny electric guitar weaving in and out of John and Sergio [Mendoza]’s propelling drums and bass, the song always had a vibe that stood out from the other songs. We sent the tracks to [Iron & Wine's] Sam Beam to add his vocals on the chorus which made the tune float even more."

Liam Gallagher: Everything's Electric

The first single from C'mon You Know, Gallagher's upcoming third solo album, was co-written by Dave Grohl (featured on drums) and producer Greg Kurstin. Gallagher and Grohl, who met several years ago when Oasis and Foo Fighters toured together, say they wanted to meld "the thunderous dynamics of Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ with the spiraling tension and danger of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter.’ Xsnoize writes: "And that’s what they achieved. With raw, rhythmic phrasing, this is as close as Liam’s iconic snarl comes to rapping and that punk-meets-hip-hop attack is underlined by boisterous bass. Meanwhile, slide guitar, piano flourishes and Liam’s haunting backing vocals pay tribute to arguably The Stones’ finest moment.”

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