My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 2/1/16

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 2/1/16

1. Halifax :: Pete Yorn
from the upcoming album, ArrangingTime

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Three-Sentence Review: The first time I heard Halifax was during last year’s YouandMe tour – and I loved it from first listen. Halifax was released today, and it is one of those songs that immediately stuck in my head, and that I’d been waiting/anticipating to get a recorded version of. I love how it immediately starts lyrically, the way the sung-story is both mysterious and relatable, and the dreamy-melancholic-longing that permeates the feel and tone of the song – love it.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Halifax

2. Heaven Adores You Elliott Smith Soundtrack

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Three-Sentence Review: I’ve never gotten over my love for Elliott Smith, his music lives in me and is part of me, and always will be. I am I’ve not been able to see the documentary yet (soon, I hope) but this collection of music put together for it is just amazing. The live tracks, the demos and early versions, and rare songs – this is such a gift.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Waltz #1 (demo), I Love My Room and Miss Misery (live on Late Night with Conan O’Brien)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

I Love My Room

3. Night Thoughts :: The London Suede

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Three-Sentence Review: I love when an album comes out, from a band you love, that you had no idea was on its way. Night Thoughts is cinematic, lush, layered, haunting/chilling, melodic, kinda epic and so damn gorgeous – and just what I needed to hear right now. The vocals – oh my stars, Brett Anderson – they are breathtaking.

Initial Favorite Track(s)When You are Young, No Tomorrow and I Can’t Give Her What She Wants

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

No Tomorrow

4. Lost Property :: Turin Brakes

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Three-Sentence Review: Turin Brakes is one of those artists/duos that I discovered via The OC (the song Painkiller), and whose music got my attention and had me listening ever since. This new release is moody, but full of hope, and just has this “take me on a road trip” feel to it that I’m digging. This is going to be one of those albums that I love more with each consecutive listen.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Keep Me Around, The Quiet Ones and Save You

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Keep Me Around

5. Anti :: Rihanna

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Three-Sentence Review: Pop with an edge, Rihanna is kick-ass glorious (she’s a force, I tell you, and has quite a voice), and though I’m not typically a fan of heavily produced music, this album has me wanting to dance, feel and turn the volume way up. I’m also kind of mad in love with the edgy soul-infused love song, Love on the Brain, which has a Prince sound and feel to me. Oh, and Close to You is just heartbreakingly gorgeous.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Kiss it Better, Love on the Brain and Close to You

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Love on the Brain