Raw hip-hop, bright bluegrass, and some punchy punk rock included this edition. There’s a lot of new music out now, and more right around the corner. I’ve got a big list for you this edition.
We begin and end with some cover collaborations. Starting off with Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme’s duet on “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and ending with an ensemble version of “What the World Needs Now” led by Tank and the Bangas. I’ve seen these songs and others in a similar vein start appearing more often, and it’s no wonder given the sort of uncertainty and division in our world right now.
One song that hit me hard this week was “How Long?” by Fantastic Negrito. I was previously unfamiliar with Fantastic Negrito, and was pleasantly surprised to find he’s already got 3 full-length records ready to be discovered. I’ve yet to give the others much time, but his new album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet, is really good. It’s one of those records that captures the moment very well, and it deserves your attention.
Marlowe is a project that grabbed my attention with their first album 2 years ago. L’Orange, in particular, has a unique production style weaving in samples of old radio theatre and classic blues and jazz to create a story to his records. Marlowe being something of a Crime Drama. L’Orange tends to work with rappers that have a more laid back approach, but Solemn Brigham has a raw, breathless, loud, in-your-face style that creates a juxtoposition to the atmosphere laid down by L’Orange.
Other favorites this edition include Songhoy Blues, Jonsi, The Notwist, and Sarah Jarosz
Sharon Van Etten, Josh Homme – (What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Songhoy Blues – Badala
Budos Band – Long in the Tooth
Fantastic Negrito – How Long?
Marlowe – Future Power Sources
Blimes and Gab – Shelly’s (it’s chill)
The Notwist, Saya – Ship
Throwing Muses – Frosting
Biffy Clyro – North of No South
Midnight Oil – Gadigal Land
Jonsi, Elizabeth Fraser – Cannibal
Bill Frisell – Keep Your Eyes Open
Jerry Joseph – Dead Confederate
Sarah Jarosz – I’ll Be Gone
Dawes – St. Augustine At Night
Low Cut Connie – Stay as Long as You Like
Illuminati Hotties – freequent letdown
The Big Moon – Why
Doves – Carousels
Marlowe – Preach Honest
Jehnny Beth – Heroine
Idles – Model Village
Ty Segall, Cory Hanson – She’s a Beam
Young Jesus – Pattern Doubt
Tank and the Bangas – What the World Needs Now