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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Animal Logic returns + Weird Nightmare, Gladie, Siren, Danielle Ponder in the New Music bin


Animal Logic: Can You Tell Me


Back in 1987, drummer Steward Copeland from The Police, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and singer-songwriter Deborah Holland surprised their disparate fan bases by coming together as a band called Animal Logic. After releasing two albums, then went on to their separate projects. Now, just over 30 years later, they surprise again with a pair of new singles. Copeland told ABC Audio it's not really a band reunion, but rather part of an ongoing, casual remote collaboration. This track is billed as exploring "the need for people to move on instead of wallowing in misery when faced with untenable circumstances."

Weird Nightmare: So Far Gone


The solo project of guitarist Alex Edkins, frontman of the Toronto band METZ, debuted earlier this year with the eponymous Weird Nightmare. Stereogum wrote that his music under that name "is considerably more tuneful than what Edkins does with METZ. It’s a muscular, gritty take on power-pop, and it rocks pretty hard in its own way." Now he follows up with this single, which the music blog calls "a driving, hip-swinging rocker with a whole lot of Paul Westerberg in its frayed vocals."

Gladie: Nothing


Augusta Koch, the Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter-guitarist formerly of Cayetana, just released her second LP with her current quintet. Bandcamp Daily writes that Koch’s voice "is magnetic, with a sandpapery timbre that makes every line sound fierce and determined. The band matches it with ... razor-edged indie rock." Of this song, Koch says, "[W]hether it’s relationships, consumerism, or any other constant desire, there is always this push from external and internal forces telling you, ‘More, More, More’ but is that really a healthy way to live?" 


Siren: High Wire


Strains of progressive rock, metal and blues mix in the music of this Florida band. Indie-Music.com tells us that after short-lived success in the 1980s, the band broke up, but lead singer Rob Phillips and drummer Mike Cupino reformed it several years ago with new members. Phillips says of this metaphorical song: "On the surface it is about a clown in love with the high-wire girl and the great lengths he will go to win her love. The reality is about a musician who is trying to reach fame with the record labels, above and out of reach."  

Danielle Ponder: So Long


We dip back into Some Of Us Are Brave, the debut album from this former public defender, which is filled with anthems of feminism, empowerment, and in this song, overcoming fears. Glide Magazine writes: "Ponder is a vocal powerhouse with a commanding presence as a live performer, inspired both by contemporary artists such as Lauryn Hill and The Roots and vocally by passionate blues artists such as Big Mama Thornton and Koko Taylor."

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