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Saturday, March 11, 2023

Eclectic New Music: The Drifts, Matt Andersen, Touch The Buffalo, Slaid Cleaves, Holly Rees


The Drifts: Breaking Every Bone


One of three new-to-us artists that we're featuring this week, this Toronto-based alt-rock band was formed in 2019 and has one album to its credit. This single from an upcoming EP was co-written with the Monowhales, with singer Alyssa Holmes and bandmate Sam Nyberg building around on their collaborators' initial lyric of “I’m breaking every bone in my body / Trying to write a love song.”

Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy: So Low Solo


An award-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from New Brunswick, Andersen selected eight musicians and singers and then wrote music specifically for their talents. The result is The Big Bottle of Joy, the name of both the band and their new album. It was recorded "live-off-the-floor" at The Sonic Temple in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Touch The Buffalo: In Six Heads About It


When the promo for a new release says "for fans of Aerosmith [and] Mumford and Sons," one has to be skeptical. And really this band from the Washington DC area doesn't sound much like either, but this track does include both ukelele strumming and loud guitars. We're told this single will be on a new EP called Bodhicitta, which means "a mind that is aimed at awakening." Yet the band says this track "lyrically, structurally and emotionally is trying to capture the feeling of a descent into madness"

Slaid Cleaves: Through the Dark


This is the sort-of-title track from Together Through the Dark, the first new collection in five years from the Texas-based folk singer. Cleaves has said the song is "about offering comfort in hard times" -- which resonates given that the album was recorded between Covid surges early last year. “Can’t fight the storm outside" he sings here, "but we can wait it out.”

Holly Rees: Missing Out (Again)


The original recording of "Missing Out" was on the singer-songwriter's 2018 solo acoustic EP Slow Down, and is heard now and then on our midday show, The Bistro. Now the Newcastle, UK, artist has released this re-imagined, full-band version. The song is billed as "the punchy antithesis of tired break-up songs, where catchy guitar riffs meet a witty tongue-in-cheek lyricism coated over sincere feeling."

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