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Saturday, August 26, 2023

The Commotions, The Killers, Paul Rodgers, Citizen Cope, Land of Talk in our New Music bin

The Commotions: Feel The Commotion

This outfit is billed as a "Canadian Soul-Funk collective" and "an all-original Motown-to-Disco era band." It was founded a decade ago by Brian Asselin, who spent six years as part of Motown's Funk Brothers. Today, the band consists of 12 professionally trained jazz musicians, including three lead vocalists and a five-piece horn section. The group calls this first single from Volume III, due in October, "a lesson on letting the rhythm move you."  

The Killers: Your Side of Town

Photo by Anton Corbijn
This new track follows last year's "Boy," suggesting an album may be on the way. Brandon Flowers says "It’s like a collision of a lot of the music that inspired us and influenced us ... I hear Pet Shop Boys, I hear New Order, I hear Depeche Mode. But at the same time, I really do feel like I can take ownership of it. It doesn’t feel like a copy." Alternative Press calls it an ’80s-style synthpop song that "takes a surprising turn when Flowers tries on some vocoder in the chorus."

Paul Rodgers: Take Love

The former lead vocalist of Free, Bad Company and various other bands is about to release Midnight Rose, his first solo album since 2000 and his first on the iconic Sun Records label. He performed this song during his tenure fronting Queen on tour in the early 2000s, but hadn't previously released a studio version.

Citizen Cope: The Victory March

Clarence Gatewood emerges from behind his Citizen Cope nom d'artiste and puts his given name on the cover of his recent EP, from which this is the title track. KUTX writes that the record "closely follows the formulas that made us fall in love with Citizen Cope in the first place, amplified by the heightened discipline and maturity that only come after three decades of mastering one’s craft."

Land of Talk: Your Beautiful Self

Coming in October is Performances, the fifth album from the project headed by Montreal's Lizzie Powell. “It's the weirdest, mightiest little record I've made since I used to write music on my four-track when I was 14,” says Powell. “I needed to make a love letter to my teenage self by being more vulnerable and doing all the production myself.” After a subdued piano opening, this track builds momentum with percussion and guitar. The lyrics tend to the obscure, but seem summed up by this refrain: "Take a deep breath / Let it out /Show the love in."

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