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Saturday, October 1, 2022

New music from Automatic, Paramore, Emperor of Ice Cream, Brooke Annibale, Derek Christie

Automatic: New Beginning

It's been a while since we heard such a strong echo of Kraftwerk in new music, and it seems appropriate that it would come from a band called Automatic. The LA trio of Izzy Glaudini (synths), Halle Saxon (bass) and Lola DompĂ© (drums) released its second album, Excess, in June, and this opening track just came our way as a single. Stereogum writes that "the song twists Glaudini’s deadpan melodies around a simple, insistent bass groove and lockstep motorik drums, punctuated with chunky blasts of fuzzed-out keyboard." The lyric rejects the false hope of abandoning a damaged Earth for a better place in space. 

Paramore: This Is Why

Photo by Zachary Gray
The first release in five years from vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro is the first taste of a new album, due in February. Williams says it "was the very last song we wrote for the album" and ended up being the title track. "It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last three or four years." The lyric suggests retreat from a hypercritical world: "You're either with us or you can keep it to yourself / This is why I don't leave the house."

Emperor of Ice Cream: I See You Everywhere

Since reuniting in 2020 after a 25-year hiatus, this indie-rock band from Cork, Ireland, has released an album and seven singles, as well as re-releases of its 1990s recordings. We featured last year's "Weather Vane," and with this new track comes a promise of more songs in the coming months. A press release says the band's sound has evolved, cutting back on production tricks "while maintaining their trade-mark basslines, raw and melodic guitars, topped by elegant, lush vocals and harmonies."

Brooke Annibale: Be Around

We previously featured a couple of early singles from Better By Now, and with last week's release of the full album, we're pulling out another number by this indie singer-songwriter, originally from Pittsburgh and now based in Rhode Island. The track opens quietly with a few piano notes, gentle strumming and vocal, then opens up with soaring synths and drums. Annibale says the album's ten songs are "almost half about falling in love and half about mental health.” This one is an unabashed love song.

Derek Christie: Wherever It Takes You

Photo by Chris Robart
We dip again into this Toronto-area rocker's latest album, DC, to feature a song "about a rogue rambler with no plan, no map, no responsibilities and no safety net." Indie-music website Pitch Perfect writes: "It features a shuffling reggae beat, a bold and fat horn section and some extra percussive elements," adding up to "a fun song to listen to."   

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