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Saturday, June 17, 2023

The latest from Cold War Kids, Arlo Parks, Margaret Glaspy, Deer Tick, Selwyn Birchwood

Cold War Kids: Double Life

The first new music in two years from the California band comes ahead of a summer tour (opening for Tears for Fears). Does it also signal that an album is in the works? No word on that. Of the song itself, frontman Nathan Willett says: “We all lead dual lives to some extent: one that reflects our authentic selves and another that feels uncomfortable or out of place in our surroundings.” 

Arlo Parks: Devotion

Photo by Alexandra Waespi
The UK singer's delicate vocals are suddenly overtaken by driving guitars on this track from her new album, My Soft Machine. Parks says "to me, it's a song about feeling so in love it’s almost like being ripped apart -- there’s an intensity, a wildness, and a tenderness. This is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever made. It draws from the bands that made me fall in love with music, from Deftones to Yo La Tengo to Smashing Pumpkins to My Bloody Valentine."

Margaret Glaspy: Act Natural

Here's the first taste of the New York-based singer's third album, Echo the Diamond. The song is “about trying to play it cool when you meet someone remarkable,” Glaspy says. From the lyric: "I don't know what to say or do / And I know that we've just met / But I'm willing to bet / That I'm falling in love with you."

Deer Tick: Forgiving Ties

Photo by Laura Partain
This track comes from the Rhode Island band's new album, Emotional Contracts. Consequence of Sound writes: "Despite its buoyant sound, 'Forgiving Ties' is filled with pensive lyrics about just trying to stay afloat amidst adversity." Guitarist/vocalist Ian O'Neil says it deals with "the fear that results from a sudden traumatic event, and how to move forward and take care of yourself and your loved ones.”

Selwyn Birchwood: Done Cryin'

The Florida-based blues guitarist's sixth LP, Exorcist, "brings even more artistic fire than the heavy, ferocious sound of its predecessor, Living In A Burning House, writes Blues Rock Review. This opening track is "his own stinging take on an age-old blues theme that’s a perfect partner for his gravelly, old-school bluesman pipes."

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