My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 2/22/16

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 2/22/16

1. I’m Not the One :: Pete Yorn
from the upcoming album, ArrangingTime
(to be released on March 11, you can pre-order here)

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Three-Sentence Review: I played this single for the first time driving through downtown Los Angeles at night, and then again this morning, as the sun came up over the city. Every song that comes from this soon-to-be-released album keeps blowing me away, and this one is no different – pure pop gold here, catchy as hell, addictive, lyrically clever and produced in this way that feels both of the past (very 60’s/70’s) and of the now (layered vocals/electronics/fades). I felt a little Beach Boys, a little Postal Service and Gorillaz, a little Burt Bacharach and Nancy Sinatra, a little DIIV, and a bit of Ride and Lush, a bit of ELO and a touch of 10cc and something else entirely – something very Pete and very much the kind of sound that’s making up this new album; I feel like the hits just keep coming.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

I’m Not the One

2. Is the Is Are :: DIIV

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Three-Sentence Review: So, listen to the song above (PY) and then play the first track of this album and you will see why I thought of DIIV when I thought of the above song – they fit right in with each other like the start of a good mix tape. The beach lives in these songs, I feel the ocean air, the lazy Summer Sunday afternoons walking in the sand, or driving up the coast, when there’s not much to worry about except for reapplying sunblock and making some time to daydream. I’m falling hard for this album – every track – and am reminded of how hard I feel for the first Stone Roses and Ocean Blue albums way back in “the 90’s”; this is an epic listen.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Out of Mind, Under the Sun and Take Your Time (can I put all the songs here?)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Out of Mind

3. When You Walk a Long Distance You are Tired :: Mothers

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Three-Sentence Review: The 90’s hit me hard with this album, the 90’s and a little bit of the very late 80’s, thinking Throwing Muses, The Sundays, The Posies, Frente) – but there is also something older here, folk and americana and a quiet blues-ish feel that is both lulling and lush, and then a dash of new (thinking Waxahatchee meets Lana Del Rey). I want to play this album on repeat — especially tracks 2 and 4 — and fill journal pages with dreams and memories, maybe some poetry, too. This album is rife with subtlety and a quite simplicity, but under the surface there is something deeply rich and moving (a must to replay over and again to truly take in).

Initial Favorite Track(s): It Hurts Until It Doesn’t, Nesting Behavior and Hold Your Own Hand

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

It Hurts Until It Doesn’t

4. Death Dream :: Frightened Rabbit
from the upcoming album, Painting of a Panic Attack
(To be released on April 8, you can pre-order here)

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Three-Sentence Review: Such good news to hear that a new Frightened Rabbit album will be on its way soon (March and April are going to be good months for music). This first released track (which will be the albums first track, and name checks the album’s title – listen for it) is melancholic and dreamy, a little chilling, and a little lullaby like (singing us to our death, to our permanent dream state, perhaps). I am especially enamored with the emotional build the song takes, slow, with intent, taking my heart along with it – the insomniac in me loves songs about sleep and dreaming.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Death Dream

5. George Fest: A Night to Celebrate: The Music of George Harrison
Various Artists

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Three-Sentence Review: Growing up with the Beatles in my house, and in many ways, within my bloodstream and DNA, this is a welcome addition to my Beatles/post-Beatles collection. I would have loved to have been at this show, taking in all these live cover renditions of George’s songs. Brian Wilson singing My Sweet Lord and Perry singing Here Comes the Sun both completely slayed me – in different ways, but yeah, amazing.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Got My Mind Set On You (The Killers), My Sweet Lord (Brian Wilson) and Here Comes the Sun (Perry Farrell)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Here Comes the Sun (live) :: Perry Farrell

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