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


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

1. Push + Pull :: July Talk


Three-Sentence Review: I have been anxiously and impatiently waiting for more music from July Talk – one of my all-time favorite bands. This is everything I wanted, and more – complex, lyrically sharp and evocative, catchy, addictive, and the blend and push and pull of Leah and Peter’s vocals are just…wow (not to mention the guitar and drum work here, too – just wow). I haven’t been able to stop pushing play on this song all week.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Push + Pull

2. Stride by Stride :: Mount Holly


Three-Sentence Review: I discovered Mount Holly when they shared a Hotel Cafe residency with Jimmy Gnecco, and I was floored by what I heard. They blew me away live, and I’ve been anxious and impatiently awaiting music to be released of theirs. Great news that the band has been signed by Razor & Tie Music and this is their first single (and video) – watch this space for more news on their album – in the meantime, push play and get blown away, too.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Stride by Stride

3. Resistor :: Lera Lynn


Three-Sentence ReviewTrue Detective Season 2 was my introduction to the gorgeously deep-voiced, heartbreaking singer, Lera Lynn, and her songs that I could not stop listening to once introduced. She reminds me a little of Lana Del Rey, a little of Maria McKee, a little of PJ Harvey, a little of Emmylou Harris, and also a little of something that should be heavily soundtracked in the new season of Twin Peaks (seriously, she has David Lynch running somewhere in her veins, I can hear it).

Initial Favorite Track(s)What You Done, For the Last Time and Cut + Burn

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Cut + Burn

4. Hopelessness :: Anohni


Three-Sentence Review: Anohni, previously known as Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons has a new, very politically driven project in Hopelessness, a musical protest album that is impactful, emotional and moving. Sonically this is a beautiful electro-pop, chamber-pop mixture of sound, and the vocals, she really brings these intricate songs (and messages) to a soaring life.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Drone Bomb Me, I Don’t Love You Anymore and 4 Degrees

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

4 Degrees

5. Washed Away :: Rooney


Three-Sentence Review: Seems appropriate that I move back to “The OC” this week and the band I discovered on The OC releases a new album. This is indie-pop, Summertime soundtrack goodness that is highly addictive and listenable. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Rooney – these songs are reminding me just how much, and yay, love the collaboration they have done with Soko on the song Why.

Initial Favorite Track(s): All the Beautiful People, Why and My Heart Beats 4 U

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

My Heart Beats 4 U

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Los Angeles writer, dreamer and gypsy soul who harbors an obsessive love of music and lyrics, and writes about them with passion and insight, as well as sometimes waxing poetic on books, films and travel.

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