Collaborations, new discoveries, longtime songwriting legends, solo records, farewells… there’s a little of everything in this edition. Karen O and Dangermouse have their new record out, and coming soon is the return of Bad Books (Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine). New albums also out from Craig Finn, Aldous Harding, Wintersleep, and Tacocat, as well as singles from Kyle Craft, Beck, Mavis Staples, and Richard Reed Parry.
One release that I’ve been particularly excited for is the new EP from Cave Clove, Dollars to Tokens. Cave Clove grabbed my attention last year when I saw them play at Scuttlebutt Brewery with I Will Keep Your Ghost, The Tellers, and Smokey Brights. They were opening that night, and I got the chance to talk with them a little later on. I’ve been looking forward to featuring new music from them ever since then. This is their first release since 2016’s self-titled record which is well worth a listen, and I’d also recommend bassist Alisa’s project, Saalt.
Craig Finn is a storyteller. It’s always been an aspect of his songwriting that I loved. His voice is unique and unconventional, but it’s the storytelling aspect of his songs that hits you. Finn has actually addressed this in interviews, and talks of relating to his characters the way you might expect an author to speak of relating to a character written in their novel. His newest record, I Need a New War, is among my favorites this year. Song after song has struck me, and it’s clear that The Hold Steady frontman has continued to hone his craft to perfection. “Blankets”, “Her With the Blues”, and “Carmen Isn’t Coming In Today” are among my favorites on the new album.
Other favorites this edition include Mark Lanegan, Kyle Craft, Karen O & Dangermouse, and Aldous Harding. Enjoy!
Kyle Craft – 2 Ugly 4 NY
Jennie Lawless – My Good Friend Richard
Aldous Harding – Designer
Patrick Park – Five Alarm
Beck – Saw Lightning
Lizzo – Soulmate
Anderson.Paak, Smokey Robinson – Make It Better
BVA – Brothers
Little Simz – Boss
The Black Keys – Eagle Birds
Mavis Staples – Change
Craig Finn – Carmen Isn’t Coming In Today
Mark Lanegan – Stitch It Up
Karen O & Dangermouse – Redeemer
Richard Reed Parry – Long Way Back
Wintersleep – The Lighthouse
Tacocat – The Joke of Life
Bad Books – Lake House
The Cranberries – All Over Now
Cave Clove – I’m Still Tryin’