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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Our latest adds: Middle Kids, Bridget Kearney, Maggie Rogers, Marcus King, Pearl Jam

Middle Kids: Terrible News

Photo by Pooneh Ghana
We can't resist saying that the release of this Australian band's latest LP, Faith Crisis Pt. 1, is actually good news to our ears. The trio of singer/guitarist Hannah Joy, bassist Tim Fitz (her husband) and drummer Harry Day continue to make buoyant pop-rock songs out of Joy's angsty thoughts. "And I can’t take it / Sitting in this noisy room / With all these wound up people / Giving terrible news ... I don’t know who I am or what I’m supposed to prove."

Bridget Kearney: Security Camera

More good news: The bassist from Lake Street Dive will release her second solo album, Comeback Kid, in April. This sprightly number imagines being able to rewatch a happy memory of a past romance. "Security camera, roll back the tape / I wanna see that day that he stole my heart." Says Kearney: "The moral of the story is that even though life is ephemeral, these fleeting moments of bliss that come and go are actually ours forever because we carry them with us in our minds."

Maggie Rogers: Don't Forget Me

This is the title track from the singer-songwriter's third studio album, also coming in April. She says she wrote the songs in a burst of creativity over five days in December 2022 and January 2023. She credits co-producer Ian Fitchuk with co-writing eight of its ten songs and playing most of the instruments on the album.

Marcus King: Mood Swings

The guitar phenom is prepping his third solo album, this one produced by Rick Rubin at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Calif. Variety magazine writes that the LP "promises to probe new depths for King, both musically and psychologically, as Rubin encouraged him to dig deeper into his soulful side as a musician, as well as explore his personal demons as someone who is finding his way away from self-medicating. ... [T]he album can overall best be described as: What if Al Green also played a mean axe and made a record about dealing with anxiety and depression?"

Pearl Jam: Dark Matter

Photo by Danny Clinch
Rounding out this week's New Music bin is this hard-hitting title song from the grunge-scene veterans' upcoming 12th studio album. Consequence of Sound writes that the track "opens with thunderous drums from Matt Cameron that would do Phil Collins proud, before Jeff Ament’s baritone guitar comes purring in. [Producer Andrew] Watt highlights some phrases with guitar reverb so intense it approaches static, while [Eddie] Vedder’s voice explores the 'strange' days 'when everybody else pays for someone else’s mistake.'"

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