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Saturday, February 25, 2023

The Waeve debuts, plus Bully w/Soccer Mommy, Kenny Hughes, The Whythouse, True Lies

The Waeve: Sleepwalking

Guitarist Graham Coxon, from the veteran British band Blur, and singer-songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall have teamed up and just released their debut album, also called The Waeve. DIY Magazine calls it "a curious collection of contrasts. Most notably, that between the protagonists’ own voices: Rose’s a strong, smooth and often deep one ... Graham’s his signature twang, faltering and vulnerable. ...  Cinematic in scope, often luscious in its arrangements, [the album is] a singular gem." This track features Dougall's voice, with percussion, string and wind instruments building gradually behind her and finally joined by Coxon's guitar.

Bully: Lose You (feat. Soccer Mommy)

Compared with a track like "I Don't Know Where To Start" from Sugaregg, this new single pushes Bully's raw garage-rock sound into a more pop direction, as Alicia Bognanno teams up with another Nashville artist, Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison. aking her rocket-fueled garage rock to dynamic new heights. Today she’s back with a new standalone single, billed as a precursor to a new album coming later this year. Stereogum writes: "It meets in the midpoint between the two bands’ aesthetics, trading out Bully’s usual rapid-speed intensity for an ambling ’90s alt-rock vibes while holding onto the raw power. It might be the most purely catchy Bully song to date."

Kenny Hughes: Midnight Man

This South African blues-rocker has been a traveling musician for the past six years, periodically releasing singles. This is the first one to find its way to our ears. It starts with some gentle struming and winds up rocking hard. The inspiration for the lyric is simple: "the fact that I do most of my best work after midnight," says Hughes. "When the rest of the world is asleep, our creativity as musicians keeps us awake."

The Whythouse: Breathe

Fronted by Chris Hale, a multi-genre artist from Waterloo, Ontario, this group is touted as an urban-country collective creating "their own lane of feel-good music." There's a bit of country flavor here, but to our ears this song has echoes of Jack Johnson blended with traces of Barenaked Ladies. The result is a fun, loose-limbed shuffle.

True Lies: Landmine

This blast of 80's-style jangle pop (the intro reminds us of The Bangles) comes to us from Malmoe, Sweden. The band formed back in 1987 and has been touring and building a fan bace throughout Scandanavia. This single is from the group's seventh album, New World Blues.

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