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Saturday, May 18, 2024

New from Nada Surf, Blitzen Trapper, Kaia Kater, Parlour Panther, Winnetka Bowling League

Nada Surf: In Front Of Me Now

The New York-based trio of Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca and Ira Elliot will release its 10th album, and first for New West Records, in September. “Every time we make an album, I’m asked (and ask myself) what it’s about,” says Caws. “I’m still trying to figure everything out, and that’s probably as close to a theme as there is. ... I’m just trying to stay honest with myself and take my best guess at making sense of the world.” Brooklyn Vegan says this first single "is the kind of soaring guitar pop Nada Surf do so well."

Blitzen Trapper: Planetarium

Photo by Jason Quigley
Eric Earley and company just released their 11th album, 100's of 1000's, Millions of Billions. As AmericanaUK writes, Earley "is a recent student of Buddhist writings and teachings and his two latest albums are dotted with existential songs about the purpose of life and the nature of existence." Earley himself says this track is "a love song at heart [that] tracks my journey through therapy and beyond. Growing comfortable with impermanence and emptiness, the endless flow that surrounds us." It features Anna Tivel on violin and Eric Johnson of Bonny Light Horsemen on banjo and vocals.

Kaia Kater: The Witch feat. Aoife O'Donovan

This Montreal singer-songwriter's new album, Strange Medicine, "feels more like a cinematic odyssey than a straight folk album," writes Exclaim. "The songs ... feel fully realized, featuring strings, melancholic horns, R&B synth work, frenetic jazz drumming and of course, [Kater's] expert banjo playing." It's the kind of album that deserves listening from beginning to end, but for our New Music bin we're picking this story of a Salem Witch Trial victim who comes back to haunt and take revenge on her "pious pilgrim" accuser.

Parlour Panther: All I Need

Photo by Carol Gandra Photography
From Vancouver comes this band led by trans/non-binary couple Frankie and Reidar, who have been making music together since 2014. Their new album, Bloom, "boasts a vibrant mix of blues-inflected vocals, playful synths and an energetic low-end," writes Exclaim. "Tracks like 'OMG' and 'All I Need' pack a punch with their fuzzy riffs, adding a welcome edge to Parlour Panther's typically soft sound."

Winnetka Bowling League: America In Your 20s

The LA band's frontman, Matthew Koma, says this track from the new album Sha La La "is my own bullshit about loving and hating where I come from. You ask a lot of questions in your 20’s and I think that’s when you start to realize the answers are all grey and nuanced."

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