New Year, New music. This edition is almost entirely new singles from the past few weeks. The first big release date is right around the corner with a number of albums coming out on the 18th. Pedro the Lion, Sharon Van Etten, Toro y Moi, Steve Gunn, Deerhunter, and Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock and Tobbaco) all releasing albums on the 18th, and all have been featured on this blog either in this edition or in previous editions.
This past year, David Bazan came to a point in his career where he stated simply that he “needed to be in a band again.” So after a long time away, his collaborative project, Pedro the Lion, returned. Bazan was the only constant in the group, but it was something that was always a group rather than a Bazan solo. The separation between this solo work and Pedro the Lion work seems more significant to Bazan than to anyone else as really many of the themes, and often the musical style fits without noticeable differences. Even so, collaborative writing, composing and performing simply takes on a different feel. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding their return this year.
It’s been 5 years since her last full-length record. She released one EP, made several appearances on the Netflix show Twin Peaks, made guest appearances for other artists, and in 2017 she had her first child. All in all, she’s been plenty busy, and that’s not stopped her from re-inventing her sound in considerable ways. The new singles she’s released so far show a lot of growth and diversification in her work, and there’s a lot to look forward to with the new album.
New singles out also from Cass McCombs, The Dandy Warhols, Ibibio Sound Machine, and Guided By Voices all rounding things out this week. Enjoy!
Galactic, Princess Shaw – Going Straight Crazy
Ibibio Sound Machine – Tell Me (Doko Mien)
The Dandy Warhols – Motor City Steel
Guided by Voices – The Rally Boys
Pedro The Lion – Quietest Friend
Sharon Van Etten – Seventeen
D’Angelo – Unshaken
Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes
Steve Mason – Stars Around My Heart
The Fearless Flyers – Ace of Aces
Gary Clark Jr – This Land
Heavy Lungs – Jealous
The Chemical Brothers – MAH
Lazerbeak – Winging It
Coathangers – Bimbo
Cass McCombs – Estrella
Steve Mason – Walking Away From Love
Sharon Van Etten – Jupiter 4