Tuesday, December 7, 2021

First Listen: New Releases for 3 December

Artist: Me Not You
Album: do you feel the same?
Quick Thoughts: A friend thinks Me Not You is one of her favorite bands, and I was surprised at first until I realized that they keep putting out effort after effort that impresses. I've been on board since "Julia," which was a great alt-indie song. This sophomore effort feels a lot more polished and mature, and it helps make everything feel a little bigger and better. I get a lot of Juliana Hatfield vibes from this one, and that's a real good thing. A highlight this week.
Songs of Note: "california dreamin," "miles and miles," "true blue"

Artist: Kelley McRae
Album: Can You Change the Heart of Me?
Quick Thoughts: Kelley McRae is one of those artists that should really be bigger than she is. This latest effort is roots done right - it's the perfect balance of alt-country and folk that we love around here, and this might be her best overall effort yet. A big fan of this one.
Songs of Note: "Montana," "If You're Lucky"

Artist: Marissa Paternoster
Album: Peace Meter
Quick Thoughts: Going in, if you think this will be a Screaming Females-esque listen, or that Paternoster is taking a Sadie Dupuis approach on solo work, forget it. This is more like an alt-rock singer-songwriter effort with a lot of interesting songs peppered throughout. Definitely quieter and more introspective, and it works pretty well on a whole. Hype train was big on this one, but it deserves all the praise.
Songs of Note: "Black Hole," "Balance Beam" Of note:

* Clams Casino - Winter Flower (Solid, left-field electronic music.)
* Chris Pureka - The Longest Year (A lot to love about this rootsy folk effort.)
* Cots - Disturbing Body (Solo jazzy songwriter stuff.)
* Arca - KICK ii/KicK iii/kick iiii/kiCK iiiii
* Your Old Droog - Space Bar
* Alice Phoebe Lou - Child's Play


* Beauty Pill - Instant Night
* Chloe Lilac - When I Feel Better
* underscores - boneyard aka fearmonger
* Tierra Whack - Rap?
* Aisha Badru - The Way Back Home
* Sweet Soubrette - Making Do
* Laura-Mary Carter - Town Called Nothing
* Freedom Fry - Broken Down on Planet 909

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues/Christmas:

* Lori McKenna - Christmas is Right Here
* XENNON - Dream Utopia
* Vibe Raiders - A Very Vibin' Christmas
* Diet Cig - Live at Studio Two Three

Also out:

* Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground Flood
* Noir Disco - NOW! 2073
* Stupidity featuring Keith Streng - Waking Up the Band

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