My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 11/16/15

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 11/16/15

1. Blackstar (single) :: David Bowie

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Three-Sentence Review: Its always something special when new music from David Bowie comes into my life, my ears pricking up to take in the new sound, and my curiosity always at full-attention because Bowie is one of those artists that keeps creating. This new song is complex, a melding together of jazz, sonic noise, electro-pop, dark wave, and something so melodic (especially vocally) that it emits a dreamlike quality, becoming almost hypnotic. I want to write to this song.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Blackstar

2. Busted Jukebox :: Shovels & Rope

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Three-Sentence Review: A covers album (yay) with a variety of guest artists that I love (especially Butch Walker, Shakey Graves and J.D. McPherson), this is just the thing I need to help me through my final weeks of Fall Quarter, and this November Novel writing fever (let’s go fellow NaNoWriMo crazies). Folk-due, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent gathered up their musically inclined friends and took on songs from Guns n’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails and Elvis Costello, to name a few. I love the unique takes and interpretations on all the songs – this collection is so getting repeated play!

Initial Favorite Track(s): Bullet Belt (with Butch Walker), Patience (with The Milk Carton Kids) and Nothing Takes the Place of You (with J.D. McPherson)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

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3. XIII : Cloves (EP)

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Three-Sentence Review: The only thing I could say about this EP that I don’t like is that there are not enough songs – I want more. Vulnerable vocals, stark and gorgeous in tone, beautiful, reminiscent of Birdy and a stripped down Adele, this is music to fall in love to, music to lose yourself in. This is an artist to watch and an EP to completely devour.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Everybody’s Son, Don’t You Wait and Frail Love

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Don’t You Wait

4. Side by Side (live at Spacebomb Studios) :: Natalie Prass (EP)

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Three-Sentence Review: if you’ve not heard Natalie Prass before, get on that one right quick because she is incredible. She reminds me some of Emmylou Harris, Carol King and early Linda Ronstadt, with a little Jenny Lewis, Ben Gibbard, Aimee Mann and Ryan Adams thrown in there, too. Soulful with an edge, gorgeous voice, sharp, clear and emotional, and stunning songwriting – she’s another one to watch.

Initial Favorite Track(s): My Baby Don’t Understand Me, Sound of Silence and REALiTi

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Sound of Silence

5. Water :: Ra Ra Riot, featuring Rostam Batmanglij (single)

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Three-Sentence Review: Another case of I really like this (a lot), but I want more. An interesting coming together of Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. The pop-sensibility wrapped up in an indie offering, the vocals really grabbed a hold of me from the first listen, and lyrically it is beautiful.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Water

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