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Saturday, October 14, 2023

Brand-new from Brittany Howard, Elephant Stone, Metric, Yukon Blonde, The Commotions

Brittany Howard: What Now

This will be the title track of the former Alabama Shakes lead singer's second solo album. Howard says it's "maybe the truest and bluest of all the songs” on the record. “I like how it’s a song that makes you want to dance, but at the same time the lyrics are brutal.”  A release date for the LP has not yet been announced.

Elephant Stone: The Spark

We're glad to hear new music from this Montreal band, led by Rishi Dhir, that blends psych-rock with classical Indian sounds. This is the first taste of Back Into The Dream, set for release in February. Rishi calls the track "my love letter to the art of songwriting, a tribute to the creative process itself. It's about that serendipitous moment when time and space align, allowing you to capture lightning in a bottle." 

Metric: Stone Window

Following last year's Formentera and the summer single "Just the Once" comes Formentera II. Written and recorded during the depths of the pandemic, "it plays out like a tormented dispatch from deep in the heart of the despair, uncertainty, and gloom of that particular period paired with some of the most inventive and inspiring music of the band's long career," writes AllMusic. We like this song's hopeful imagining of a window to a better world.

Yukon Blonde: Not Interested

We've been spinning a couple of the singles ahead of the Vancouver band's new album, Shuggie. With the release of the full LP, we're plucking out this track, wherein lead singer-songwriter Jeff Innes pokes fun at the selfish pursuit of instant gratification.

The Commotions: The Time Is Now

The Ottawa-based soul-pop band led by saxophonist Brian Asselin just released Volume III. We previously featured the lead single "Feel the Commotion," and now choose this number billed as "an old-fashioned jump/swing track with a modern, lyrical twist."

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