Monday, December 12, 2016

First Listen: New Releases for December 9

A short release week means we'll play a tiny bit of catch-up as well.

Artist: Neil Young
Album: Peace Trail
Quick Description: Legendary folkie offers a new album in a post-Trump environment.
Why You Should Listen: It completely depends on how you feel about Neil Young.
Overall Thoughts: Young recorded this before the election, so this isn't a protest album against the current results or anything, but Neil Young is known for being politically charged and socially aware, and this album is no different. As someone who really just likes "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World," I was surprised how much I liked from this album. It's got a couple solid songs on here, delves into the weird toward the end a bit, and the result is, well, a Neil Young album. A longtime fan might have a different take, but...
Recommendation: ...this ain't bad!

Artist: The Last Shadow Puppets
Album: The Dream Synoposis EP
Quick Description: Quick hit EP from the rock band.
Why You Should Listen: You're a fan or it's a short week for music overall for you.
Overall Thoughts: I don't have a ton to say about this one, as this is a band I don't know all that well. This is a solid, poppy quick hit, and that's probably enough for a lot of people, but if you like your rock music a little less polished, you might want to look elsewhere.
Recommendation: Enjoyment might be based on how much you like this band.

Artist: Charlie Parr
Album: I Ain't Dead Yet
Quick Description: Authentic roots music.
Why You Should Listen: Nothing like it this week, and will be a welcome addition to some of the solid listens this year.
Overall Thoughts: This was a Record Store Day release initially, and this EP has 5 quick folk songs on it, including a traditional, that speaks to why people love this guy. As a first exposure for me, this makes me want to seek out more of his stuff, which might be the point. In a time of year where the new releases are slow, this is a great time to explore new artists, and this might be one to check out.
Recommendation: Worth your time.

Artist: Abi Reimhold
Album: Wriggling
Quick Description: Off-center indie alt-rock.
Why You Should Listen: This is a hidden gem that came out recently and deserves your time.
Overall Thoughts: I don't know who Abi Reimhold is, but I want to find out. Her debut album here is just accessible enough to fit in with some of the solid alt-rock acts this year, but is weird enough to sit on the fringes nonetheless. The album kind of blew my mind when I heard it last week, and I wanted to make sure I got it on here just so readers could give this one a listen. One of the best of the year? Too soon to say, and it'll be too late for me before I find out, but it's an album that I wish I hadn't missed when it came out, because I probably would have spent a long portion of the year listening to it.
Recommendation: A must-listen.

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