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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Introducing Meredith Moon, + new from The Heavy, Yo La Tengo, Beach Riot, The Wind and The Wave

Meredith Moon: Constellations

Photo by Laura-Lynn Petrick
This is the title track of a new LP by a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who comes from a musical family - but has preferred to leave it at that, until now. The publicity for her signing to True North Records and next month's album release reveals that Moon is the daughter of Gordon Lightfoot. This gently reflective song "was written in 2017 about the wanderlust of her younger days — not that those days are done." Moon told Canadian Beats that the album's songs are "all about completely different circumstances and different people who have passed thtrough my life these past few years."

The Heavy: Hurricane Coming

This funk-rock band originally from Bath, England, will release its sixth album, Amen, this spring. "Containing funky riffs, jazz nuances, and the smooth vocal stylings of frontman Kelvin Swaby, [this first single] gives us a hint at where the band is sonically for this new album," writes Melodic Mag.  "Lyrically, the song is inspired by Kelvin’s experience with Hurricane Irma in 2017, which happened to hit just after he moved to the U.S."

Yo La Tengo: Fallout

Photo by Cheryl Dunn
The title of this track really should be spelled as two words. Over an insistent, fuzzy guitar riff, Ira Kaplan sings: “I want to fall out of time / Reach back, unwind. ... Everyday it hurts to look / I'd turn away if I could." That's in keeping with the general theme of the Hoboken, New Jersey-based band's 17th studio album: trying to make the best of This Stupid World. The LP is winning critical praise, with Variety writing: "nearly 40 years into their career as a band ... Yo La Tengo have reached another peak."

Beach Riot: Tramlines

We previously featured a couple of tracks from this Brighton, U.K.-based alt-pop band's 2021 debut album, Subatomic Party Cool. This single is their first release since, and Joyzine calls it "a fuzzed up rockslide of a track with a wall of guitars ... punctuated by front-and-centre hi-hat and the repeated howl of a guitar in distress." Lyrically, the band says it's "about escaping from a place of worry with someone you hold dear."

The Wind and the Wave: Racing Hearts

Photo by Abby Matthews
Here's the title track from the recently released album by the Austin-based duo of Dwight Baker and Patty Lynn. It's a mid-tempo tune that starts with handclaps, guitar and Lynn's country-tinged vocal and builds into a full-band rocker. We previously featured "Keep Your Head Down," and other tracks from the LP will find their way into our big mix.

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