2My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of September 28, 2015

1. Mexican Wedding (single) :: Eckhardt & The House, featuring Bella Hay

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Three-Sentence Review: A little bit Mariachi, a little bit country, a little bit indie pop and a little bit of something I picture fitting in well with some of my favorite films of past, namely Wild At Heart and Until the End of the World. I am reminded of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue’s duets, as well as Polly Jean Harvey’s duet/murder ballad with Cave, as well. This is one of those singles that on discovery, and first listen, I keep replaying, over and over.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Mexican Wedding

2. Daybreaker :: Moon Taxi


Three-Sentence Review: There is something in the sound of this album, and the feel, that reminds me of Paul Simon’s Graceland, as well as early music from The Police, that said, I also hear some of Islands, and Vampire Weekend’s first release. This album is interesting and curious to me, an unexpected listen that I find myself wanting more of. There is a joy in the songs, a quality I am admittedly not always drawn to (I admit, I lean a little toward the melancholy, or the edgy), but am feeling strongly here, enough to want to return to, and put in this list.

Initial Favorite Track(s): All Day All Night, Run Right Back and Rooftops

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

All Day All Night

3. New Love :: Allison Weiss


Three-Sentence Review: Stripped back, indie-folk, melancholic with a side of hopeful optimism songs from a singer-songwriter I’ve been a fan of for years now, I was so in need of a new Allison Weiss album. There is a new dynamic here that is different than past albums, an electricity that adds an “oomph“, or a pop-sensibility, that makes this one of those albums to TURN UP LOUD on a Friday or Saturday night as you drive through the city. I hope this is the album that becomes a breakthrough for Allison, and that more people start loving and listening to her.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Golden Coast, Over You and The Same

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Golden Coast

4. In Dream :: Editors


Three-Sentence Review: Haunting, this album is haunting, and oh so fitting for the start of October. Tom Smith’s vocals work perfect with this post-New Wave/electronic/dark wave sound and sensibility that make up this gorgeously melancholic collection of songs. I forgot how much I love Editors music – I am remembering now.

Initial Favorite Track(s): No Harm, Our Love and Marching Orders

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Marching Orders

5. Arms Around a Vision :: Girls Names


Three-Sentence Review: So many surprises this week for me, albums I did not anticipate, or know about, but that I’m enjoying the hell out of. Belfast alternative rockers/low-fi/post-punk band, Girls Names, are a new discovery of mine and one that has me thinking of a little Glam Rock, a little early aughts brit rock/punk/garage, and even a little of the 90’s power pop mixed up in there, too. I feel like this definitely is a band to watch.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Reticence, An Artificial Spring and A Hunger Artist

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

A Hunger Artist

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