My Top 5 New Releases :: The Week of February 10, 2015

1. A Flourish & a Spoil :: The Districts


Three-Sentence Review: This album really throws me back to early offerings by The Strokes, in the best way possible. I feel like this is a band to watch, one that is on that ever elusive verge to blowing up into something big. I dig the guitar work here (so reminiscent of The Libertines and early Arctic Monkeys, as well as the previously mentioned Strokes), and that scream-to-a-whisper to a all-out explosion of youthful energy sensibility – its so damn addictive, and dance-able!

Initial Favorite Track(s): 4th and Roebling, Chlorine and Sing the Song

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

4th and Roebling

2. Love You, Honeybear :: Father John Misty


Three-Sentence Review: I’ve been digging Chateau Lobby #4 for some time now, even though it did take a few listens to grow on me mainly because of the “I’m so indie” recording style. It was worth it to keep listening though, as the song is lyrically rich and full of STORY, oh, and I love the Spanish sounding horns so much. Lyrics and storytelling are what I’m drawn to the most, there is so much going on in that regard that leaps out after a few listens – I encourage you to listen multiple times, and you’ll see (or really hear) what I mean.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins), Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow and Holy Shit

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)

3. Mixtape for the Open Road :: Martin Sexton


Three-Sentence Review: Mix tapes and road trips, I mean, come on, how could I not be all over that? This album is full of songs that celebrate life on the road, the life nomadic, and what it’s like to have an active gypsy soul. I love the “old country” feel to songs like Do It Daily and Supper Time that remind me of the kind of country I grew up around – great driving around music found here.

Initial Favorite Track(s): You (My Mind is Woo)Shut Up & Sing and Dandelion Days

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

You (My Mind is Woo)

4. Tomorrow is My Turn :: Rhiannon Giddens


Three-Sentence Review: Love the covers on this album, especially the cover of Shake Sugaree (originally by Elizabeth Cotton) and She’s Got You (originally recorded by Patsy Cline, written by Hank Cochran). T-Bone Burnett is a favorite producer of mine, and you can hear the benefit of his work in this ode to Americana music old, and new. I do wish we heard more than one of her own songs though, as Angel City is quite lovely.

Initial Favorite Track(s): She’s Got You, Shake Sugaree and Angel City

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Shake Sugaree

5. Face the Fire :: Michelle Chamuel


Three-Sentence Review: At times the album suffers from over-production, but on a whole this is a great debut album which showcases Michelle’s range and style. I was a fan when she was on The Voice, and have been curious what she would do as her first solo effort (she has been releasing EDM under the name Reverb Junkie). The album reminds me of Ellie Goulding meets Fall Out Boy, which makes for an interesting listen (very dance/club oriented, maybe a bit too much for me).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Face the Fire, Golden and Wake Up

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4


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