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Saturday, May 20, 2023

New from Red Matter, Spoon, Deer Tick, Nanna, KIDSØ & Natascha Polké

Red Matter: Light of the Moon

This "genre-blending jam band," formerly known as Terrapin, is relaunching itself with a new name and a new album, Northbound Train. The seven-piece group hails from Greenwich, Connecticut, a short northbound train ride from New York City. The LP delivers on the promise of mixing genres, including rock, blues, Americana and occasional Latin rhythms, with both male and female vocals. The group cites influences such as Grateful Dead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Santana and another Connecticut band, Goose.

Spoon: Sugar Babies

After last year's release of Lucifer on the Sofa, the band went back to the studio to revisit some unfinished tracks. The result is a EP due next month called Memory Dust, consisting of this and two other songs.

Deer Tick: Once in a Lifetime

Photo by CJ Harvey
From the upcoming album Emotional Contracts comes this mid-tempo rocker with a live-while-you-can theme. The Rhode Island-based quartet, fronted by singer-guitarist John McCauley, is joined here by a chorus of five backing vocalists: Courtney Marie Andrews, Vanessa Carlton, Angela Miller, Sheree Smith and Kam Franklin.

Nanna: Crybaby

Of Monsters and Men's Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir has released a solo album, How to Start a Garden, featuring this single. Atwood Magazine calls the LP a "fragile indie folk record of fracture and friction," and describes this track as "sonically and emotionally charged ... a churning fever dream soaked in heavy feelings and tastefully overdriven guitars."

KIDSØ & Natascha Polké: Bloom in the Cold

This dose of European electronica comes from Munich-based synthesizer/percussion duo KIDSØ and Swiss producer/singer-songwriter Natascha Polké. They teamed up to release an EP called What If I earlier this year, and now this track has worked its way into our New Music bin. 

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