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Saturday, November 12, 2022

The Latest: New tracks from Larkin Poe, Inhaler, Chasing Kites, Dizzy, Brkn Love

Larkin Poe: Strike Gold

The new album from this roots-rock duo "affirms Larkin Poe as a powerful force in contemporary roots rock," writes Rock and Blues Muse. "Their strength as independent women, highly talented vocalists, songwriters and musicians, fuel what is surely their best album to date." Sisters Rebecca (vocals, guitars, keys) and Megan Lovell (harmony vocals, lap steel, resonator guitar), are joined on Blood Harmony by drummer Kevin McGowan and bassist Tarka Layman. The LP is filled with dynamite tracks, so it was a tough choice to pick one for the New Music Bin.

Inhaler: Love Will Get You There

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Following "These Are The Days," here's another single in advance of Cuts & Bruises, the second album from the Dublin quartet of Elijah Hewson (guitar, vocals), Robert Keating (bass), Josh Jenkinson (guitar) and Ryan McMahon (drums). NME calls it "bittersweet indie pop euphoria." Listening to Elijah (son of Bono) is a bit like listening to Dani Harrison (son of George): He's making his own music in his own way, but it's impossible to ignore the echoes of his dad's sound.

Chasing Kites: Shiver

Another indie-rock quartet emerged this year from Bristol, UK, with a series of singles, and their latest has found its way into our New Music Bin. Led by vocalist-guitarist Matt Donnelly, they're billed as combining "dynamic hooks, 80s synth textures and vivid narratives," with this song exploring "the feelings of frustration and heartbreak at play when looking in on a loved one’s dysfunctional relationship."

Dizzy: Barking Dog

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In the category of sad-songs-that-sound-soothing is this new single from Katie Munshaw and her band from Ontario. The theme is the difficulty in letting go of leftover pain from one's past. The title is a reference to a family pet that had been abused by a previous owner: "And no amount of loving / can stop the dog from barking / when she’s in pain." Dizzy debuted with 2018's acclaimed Baby Teeth and followed with The Sun And Her Scorch in 2020. There's no word on whether a new album is in the works.

Brkn Love: Dead Weight

This band from Toronto is doing what it can to keep the Rock in Alt-Rock. The group just released Black Box, compiling tracks from two previous EPs with new material, including this song. Songwriter and frontman Justin Benlolo says it's a product of the pandemic shutdown. “We all had a moment in the last few years, where we felt useless. There was nowhere to go and nothing to do. ... What I had once felt as an angst-ridden teenager was coming back again and this song became a way to channel my inner dialogue."

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