Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 31, 2017
Top 5 New Release Friday is here. If you are searching for the Best New Music out today you have come to the right place. Below you will find My Top 5 New Releases for this New Music Friday on the last day of March 2017. I’ve rifled through the stacks, played the tracks, and put together the Best of the Best for you. So, get comfortable, have a listen, play a featured track, and if you like what you hear go out and support the Artists, and the Music.
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Top 5 New Releases:
1. Mental Illness :: Aimee Mann
Three-Sentence Review: I had no idea that a new Aimee Mann Album was coming until very recently, and I was not completely sure what to expect from it when it did – would it be the storytelling genius of Lost in Space and The Forgotten Arm, both Albums unfolding like their stitched together set of short stories, or an anthology of cinematic tales, or would it be more akin to some of her more recent releases that had not captured me as much? I am thrilled to say that it is in the realm of the former, a short story collection that seems set in Los Angeles, set in the state of so many cracked souls and broken lives who seem to still set their eyes to the sky, still believing there is something more. When the eleventh track finishes I find myself wanting more, wishing for the stories to not be done quite yet.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “You Never Loved Me”, “Lies of Summer”, and “Patient Zero”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+
2. “Nova” :: Paul Weller
Three-Sentence Review: Can the full Album be out now? Although I’m grateful for the pre-release songs, especially this 80’s meets Bowie meets Blur track, which is so big and complex and wonderful, it just makes me want the full Album even more. This one requires loud volume, and if you can, press play in the car and drive around to it – you won’t regret it.
Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (Single)
Rating (1-5 Stars): 5
3. Silver Eye :: Goldfrapp
Three-Sentence Review: One of my Top anticipated Albums of 2017, I’ve been waiting (im)patiently for Silver Eye to finally get here, indulging on the three singles that were released pre-Album, getting more hungry for the full Album to arrive. Spinning it now in its entirety I find that the Album is full of sonic familiarity, as well as noticable identity shifts in style and sound. There is balance here (maybe a bit too much), there is discordance, there are sounds of cities made of solid ground and recognizable influences (“Ocean” has the Butch Vig/Garbage style in its waves of sound), and others (see “Become the One”) where space and unearthly sources seem to be wrapped up in the vocal pitching and synthetic whirs and hums, but I do have to admit, I miss some of that dance sensibility, and “bigness”, that they’ve been so full of in the past.
Initial Favorite Track(s): “Become the One”, “Everything is Never Enough”, and “Ocean”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+
“Ocean” :: Goldfrapp
4. FROM DEEWEE :: Soulwax
5. Darling of the Afterglow :: Lydia Ainsworth
Three-Sentence Review: Here’s where the dance is, right here, within the majority of these tracks. The songs flow almost seamlessly into each other making this the perfect companion for a party, or long drive, especially if it involves nighttime and light polluted skies. The album itself was recorded in one take with brothers Stephen and David Dewaele, and five other musicians (3 out of 5 are drummers).
Initial Favorite Track(s): “Masterplanned”, “Missing Wires”, and “Goodnight Transmission”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+
Three-Sentence Review: New to me, Lydia Ainsworth’s new album is full of the modern take on “Indie Electronic”, adding in the layered vocals and the EDM influence, with a healthy flow of Pop sensibilities in the Albums bloodstream. At times it veers too much into the current state of Pop (a little too vacant, a little too forgettable), but at other times there is uniqueness here, which elevates the Album from being just another same sound Electric-Indie-Pop release. The songs are strongest when they lean into a late 80’s sound, or when the songs take on different soundscapes, and cross genre lines (see “What is It?” and “Spinning”, as well as the haunting cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”).
Initial Favorite Track(s): “What is It?”, “Spinning”, and “Wicked Game”
Rating (1-5 Stars): 4