Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Freebie: Caroline Rose, Talena Bricker, Cold Fronts, and Ramblin' Deano

We usually try to bring you Friday Freebie fairly regularly, but we've really been slacking lately. In fact, it's been over two months since we brought you anything for Friday Freebie. Sorry about that. Here's some of the stuff we've been sitting on during that time.

Caroline Rose - LONER - Singles
To say I've been enjoying the new music from Caroline Rose is an understatement. So far she's released three singles from LONER, and I've loved each one. She's completely reinvented her sound to this DEVO meets the Beastie Boys and Missy Elliott hybrid, andI don't think I could be enjoying it more. We still have to wait until February 23 for the new album, but while we wait Caroline Rose has made the first three singles ("Money," "Soul No. 5," and "Getting to Me") available for free via NoiseTrade.

Talena Bricker - Drowning
Drowning is the debut EP from Talena Bricker. Far too many singer/songwriters (particularly female ones) get labelled as "haunting" and "ethereal," and Bricker definitely is. But when your music hits the same nerves as Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, it's an apt comparison. She gets compared to those right on the NoiseTrade description (where you can download Drowning for free), but from the second I started listening to "Walking Mountain," I had made the Elliott Smith comparison in my head. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

Cold Fronts - C'est Bon
Cold Fronts are the latest band I'm kicking myself for just discovering now. The Philadelphia band have a new album coming out on 4/20 (of course), and have done the classic NoiseTrade mix of two new songs from the upcoming album, two old songs, and one rarity. Cold Fronts have this great blend of upbeat alt-rock sound. It's just quirky enough to get the obvious Pavement and Archers of Loaf comparisons, but it's like Pavement and Archers of Loaf decided to party with the Strokes. Just check out the first track, "Stayin' In." If that one doesn't do it for you, I don't even know what to say to you any more.

Ramblin' Deano - America's Favorite Folk Singer
Last and certainly not least is an entire free album from Ramblin' Deano. You probably know him as Dean Schlabowske of Waco Brothers, but Ramblin' Deano is his political AF solo folk project. It's twelve great standard sounding folk songs tinged with a biting sense of humor. With titles like "The President is Out of His God Damn Mind," "(It's Hard to Be a) White Christian Man," and "The Racist Barber," it's pretty easy to see what side he's on. It's like 1960's Bob Dylan decided to have a little fun. You can pick up your copy on Dean Schlabowske's website.

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