new-release-reportMy Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of July 6, 2015

So, starting this week new music moves to Fridays, coinciding with movie release day, and the advent of the weekend. Though I loved the idea behind a Tuesday having something celebratory about it (and hey, doesn’t “New Music Tuesday” sound better than “New Music Friday“?), I am a fan of change, and will not sit on the sidelines bemoaning something as trivial as a new day of the week for new music, instead I will embrace bit because I love new music. Readers get the gift of two “Top 5” new release posts this week, so enjoy all the music. Cheers to the first New Music Friday – another reason to say TGIF!

1. Ghost Notes :: Veruca Salt


Three-Sentence Review: Oh “the 90’s” how I have been missing you lately, and how much I have been needing these reunited female fronted bands albums that we’ve been graced with this year (see Sleater-Kinney and now Veruca Salt). Everything you loved/I loved about Veruca Salt, with some added life experience, is infused in this kick-ass amazing album. I was already in love with it after the half way mark of track two.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Black and Blonde, The Sound of Leaving and Laughing in the Sugar Bowl

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Laughing in the Sugar Bowl :: Veruca Salt

2. Perpetual Motion People :: Ezra Fuman


Three-Sentence Review: A little early 80’s punk/New Wave (think Sparks), a little throwback (50’s meets 60’s meets something infused with soul), a little indie-now (think Father John Misty, especially lyrically), and a little alternative rock (think Alt-J, Spoon, and even a little White Stripes), and a whole lot of something I can’t stop playing. This is sure to be on my list of best of the year, and definitely on my radar of who I’d like to see play live soon (now). This album plays like a soundtrack to the misfit, the outcast, and the ones we all want to know the most – just go listen to this – now.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Restless Year, Lousy Connection and Hour of Deepest Need 

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Restless Year

3. Delilah :: Anderson East


Three-Sentence Review: Throwback soul, Nashville infused, Southern Rock based, little bit of Blues and a little bit of Alt-Country, the singer-songwriter Anderson East reminds me a little of Tony Lucca, Leon Bridges, George Ezra, Honeyhoney and even a little of Bill Withers and Wilson Pickett (possibly an influence?). Play this one loud and often, maybe late at night, maybe while making out with that special someone (or temporary someone), and dance with them, too. Keep an eye (and ear) out for this one, he’s going to be huge, I predict.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em and Forget ‘Em, Devil in Me and Lonely

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em and Forget ‘Em (live)

4. Calling Out :: EZTV


Three-Sentence Review: Dreamy, jangly rock that wears its classic rock sensibilities in plain sight, this album feels so Summery that it makes me want to hop in the car and drive to Malibu, in a convertible (not that I have one) with the top down, my hair blowing everywhere, and this album playing loudly. I know they are from Brooklyn, but there is something so Southern California about this album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Bury Your Heart, Everything Was Changing and Dust in the Sky

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Dust in the Sky

5. Rocks & Straws :: Anneli Drecker


Three-Sentence Review: So beautiful it had me in tears before the first song finished. Anneli Drecker, known originally as the lead singer to Bel Canto, has that Elizabeth Fraser/Kate Bush/Dead Can Dance feel to it, gothy and dream-induced and lush and just all-out gorgeous to listen to. These songs are so cinematic and chill-inducing, I kind of want to lose myself in these songs for a few hours, and think of nothing else.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Alone, Circulating Light and Rain

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5


3 thoughts on “My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of July 6, 2015

  1. That Veruca Salt song is fucking awesome. They’re coming to Toronto in a couple of weeks & I can’t make it so hearing this song now is just driving the knife in deeper. Ugh!! But I love the song!

    1. Sorry 🙁 Did not mean to add to the stabbing knife. Have you heard the album yet? It is so good. Sorry you can’t catch them live – maybe next time!

      1. You know it’s just such a good song–like “Oh my god THAT is what I’ll be missing” not your fault=)!!!
        I hope I can see them another time too. I haven’t heard a thing off their new album, that was my first time hearing that single.

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