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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Sarah Jarosz, Sam Roberts Band, Screens 4 Eyes, Slowdive, The Moss - our latest New Music picks

Sarah Jarosz: Jealous Moon

Photo by Shervin Lainez
Here's the lead single from Polaroid Lovers, the seventh studio album by the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (and sometime member of I'm With Her). "It’s a song about the times when the parts of ourselves that we try to keep hidden rise to the surface, and we have no choice but to ride the wave," Jarosz says. The track gives her vocal a rock-band backing. American Songwriter writes that it "shows off a more evolved sound, swapping out acoustic-leaning instrumentation for rich and bold production by [Daniel] Tashian," who also co-wrote the song.

Sam Roberts Band: Projection

From the upcoming album The Adventures of Ben Blank, due October 20th, comes this new single, which Roberts says deals with this question: "When the lines between fact and fiction have become so blurred, how do we measure our truest selves?" The nine-song album follows 2020's JUNO-nominated All of Us. The Montreal alt-rock quintet decamped to Toronto's Giant Studio to make the record. 

Screens 4 Eyes: Patterns

A new EP is on the way from this Tel Aviv-based dream-pop group fronted by Yael Brener. This track, she says, is influenced by 80s new-wave and synth sounds, and deals with the belief that "the course of our life is written on our body. Our fears, our pains, are projected on our organs ... They reflect not only physically but also in patterns of behavior that influence our life - a circle one might want to break and be freed from."

Slowdive: kisses

Photo by Ingrid Pop
One of the pioneering bands of shoegaze came and went in the 1990s - but then came back in 2017 and has now released Everything Is Alive, the second LP of its second phase. "There are trademark washes of guitar noise and echo, and songs that judiciously sculpt Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead’s quiet voices on the precipice between melancholy and ecstasy," writes The Guardian. And Pitchfork calls this song the most delicate and openly romantic track on the album.

The Moss: The Place That Makes Me Happy

After hitting the charts earlier this year with "Insomnia" and playing some major festivals over the summer, this quartet is about to embark on an extensive U.S. tour. Meanwhile it rolls out this single, billed as "a celebration of the band’s deep-rooted love for the great outdoors." That seems to make sense for a group that was formed in Oahu, Hawaii, and is now based in Utah. 

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