My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 4/18/16

1. Please Be Honest :: Guided By Voices


Three-Sentence Review: I have been in a “rediscover GBV” mood lately, so I’m digging the fact that they have a new album today. The first track grabbed my attention right off, both sonically and lyrically. The heavy guitar, the grunge meets rock meets alternative, and the short songs – a punk rock kinda thing – is doing it for me in a big, big way.

Initial Favorite Track(s): My Zodiac Companion, Kid on a Ladder, and Hotel X (Big Soap)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Kid on a Ladder

2. Heart of a Dog :: The Kills


Three-Sentence Review: Oh my stars – a new single from The Kills just makes my heart beat faster and my musical soul itch to dance and jump around. Without a doubt, one of my favorite bands (especially live) and one of my favorite female singer and rocker ; Alison Mosshart kicks so much ass. The only downside of this catchy, edgy, bluesy, killer track is that it makes me so damn impatient for more.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Heart of a Dog

3. Tight New Dimension :: Mean Jeans


Three-Sentence Review: I hear early Replacements, I hear The Ramones, I hear garage rock, I hear punk, I hear something from the 80’s, and I even hear something from the Brit Indie Rock scene. This album is surprising and unexpected and really good. This is a band to watch.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Nite Vision, Croozin’ and Last Nite on Earth

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Nite Vision

3. Outer Heaven :: Greys


Three-Sentence Review: This feels like the 90’s have come to wrap its arms around me and spin me around in my baby doll dress and crushed velvet leggings – and I mean this in the best way. Dinosaur Jr. and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin come to mind, but it isn’t just seeped in nostalgia, or spiraling down in throwback land, no, this has its own thing going on, too. I like the dynamics here, the shoegaze slowness, and the rise of hard rock, that come and go within this intriguing album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Cruelty, Blown Out and Strange World

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

Blown Out

5. There Will Be Time :: Mumford & Sons, with Baaba Maal


Three-Sentence Review: What an interesting paring and musical coming together. Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and guitarist, sounds amazing with Marcus Mumford’s distinctive vocals. The are a bit of magic that makes me wonder what more could come of this  interesting combination.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

There Will Be Time (live)

Listen to the recorded single here – on Spotify

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