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Saturday, April 16, 2022

New releases from Dear Rouge, The Interrupters, The Killers, Georgia Harmer, The Grand Southern

Dear Rouge: Facedown

The third album by the Vancouver duo of Danielle and Drew McTaggart opens with this track that entertainment site Exclaim! calls "a sizzling electropop banger in the mold of St. Vincent's more energetic numbers." The LP, which also includes last year's single "Fake Fame" and recent single "Small Talk," grew from the couple's retreat to a lakeside cottage after the release of 2018's Phases. “I had this epiphany,” Danielle says, “that we needed to come back to ourselves and the joy and comfort we found in each other when we began writing music together.” They took "a more grassroots approach to the instrumentation," reports Canadian Beats. "Acoustic guitars from the tracks’ demo stages remain audible. Songs written on piano are kept to their instrument of origin, instead of being replaced by synthesizers. ... It’s all still distinctly Dear Rouge, but more personal, more vulnerable, and more intimate."

The Interrupters: In The Mirror

The ska-influenced Los Angeles band fronted by Aimee Interrupter (a.k.a. Aimee Allen) is prepping its fourth studio album, In the Wild, and we have the first single. With their bouncy, 80s-ish, Pat-Benatar-meets-early-Police sound, they pack enormous energy into this three minutes. The group says the album "takes you on a journey throughout Aimee’s life and every song is deeply personal." This number has a theme of coming to terms with yourself: "No matter how far I go / I always end up back here / In the mirror ... only in the mirror."

The Killers: The Getting By II

The new Deluxe Edition of the band’s 2021 Pressure Machine features "reimaginings" of some of the story-songs from that album. In this case, it takes a less-Killers-like song from the critically acclaimed album and converts it into a more-Killers-like single. The original version of "The Getting By" closed the LP in quiet contemplation. This regrooving "speeds up the original into a gleaming, euphoric track that erupts into a stadium-sized anthem," writes Udiscovermusic.

Georgia Harmer: Top Down

Last month we featured the single "All In My Mind," and now we add another track from this Toronto singer-songwriter's debut album, Stay in Touch, slated for release this week. The song has a pleasant, breezy sound, although Harmer says it's “about feeling frustrated by my own powerlessness.” The Revue writes: "With the blend of alt-country and dream-pop, she sounds like her talented aunt Sarah Harmer collaborating with Canadian royals Alvvays," with her vocal "accentuated by the shimmering acoustic and great electric leads."

The Grand Southern: Born to Break

Dash Hutton (vocals, drums) and Jesse Tyre Karp (vocals, guitar) formed this band in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon and "create music that draws on the storied lineage of this locale, with their rich, nuanced Americana,” as Relix Magazine put it a few years back. Their new album, Don't Say Anything, is described as the culmination of three years of writing and recording. In addition to 70s artists like Graham Parsons, Poco and the like, their sound blends well with contemporary bands like Real Estate, Dawes and Lost Leaders.

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