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Saturday, April 8, 2023

New from City and Colour, Bruce Cockburn, boygenius, Vanishing Shores, The Beths

City and Colour: Hard, Hard Time

On his sixth City of Colour studio album, Dallas Green deals with bereavement and the struggle to get through it. The loss of his best friend, and then of a cousin, was followed by the pandemic, leaving him alone with the pain. "Composing songs to process his grief, Green created his most powerful album yet," writes Americana Highways, adding that our pick for the New Music bin has "the album’s catchiest, most upbeat groove, with a bad-ass breakdown and a psychedelic guitar solo." The message of the lyric is to make the most of life while we live.

Bruce Cockburn: On a Roll

Soon to be the opening track on the 77-year-old folk-rock veteran's upcoming album, O Sun O Moon, this song reckons with fate while putting a positive spin on aging: "Here comes the future / Here comes the fall / Time takes its toll / But in my soul / I’m on a roll." Shawn Colvin adds vocals, along with Ann & Regina McCrary.

boygenius: Not Strong Enough

Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker first put their talents together in 2018, dashing off an EP. Since then they've each seen success with separate projects, but now they're back with their first full-length as a trio. AllMusic writes: "What's remarkable about The Record is how these three idiosyncratic songwriters consciously decide to subsume their quirks within a group voice. Individual traits haven't been erased so much as they've been sanded so they can fit neatly together," with a result that "feels heftier and hookier" than their individual works.

Vanishing Shores: Up All Night

Since releasing the LP Maps in 2021, Cleveland's Kevin Bianchi and his band has brought out a live album, Dead Language, and several singles. This song appeared on the live record, but is given a bit of a peppier treatment on this new studio single. It seems a good guess that another album is on its way. 

The Beths: Watching the Credits

The New Zealand quartet recorded this track during the sessions for 2022's Expert In A Dying Field, but it's only now been released as a single. We're told the song was "born out of songwriter Elizabeth Stokes’ habit of learning everything about movies without actually watching them." 

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