Anohni is the English-born singer, composer, and visual artist and the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. The song “Manta Ray” in the film Racing Extinction earned her and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song along with J. Ralph. Her debut solo album, “Hopelessness”, was released in May 2016, and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize as well as a Brit Award. Paradise is a six-track EP. The dominants messages aggressively challenge male economic and political dominance. Overall, this EP is a commanding and influential contribution.
The Dove & the Wolf
I Don’t Know What to Feel
Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard, the duo known as the dove and the wolf, have released an extended version of their previous EP. Paloma and Lou were raised on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean; one in Paris and the other on the French Caribbean Island of Martinique. Their sound is lush and dreamy. The 10-track album might be labelled as dream-pop or shoegazing given the multi-layered atmosheric texture one experiences in the listening, but interestingly enough, one also hears a blend of 1970’s poop-rock. Overall the album delivers a very pleasant sound and leaves the listener feeling, perhaps, satisfied and mellow. Have a listen to the album. It is likely that one will find at least a track or two to add to their playlist.
Gabriella Cohen, known for her efforts along with Jim Grffin as frontwoman with The Furrs, has released her first solo album. Her solo work is not as harsh as that of The Furrs, but rather dreamy – alluring or captivating. There is a variety of moods to be fouond on the album ranging from the narcotic or druggy sound of “Sever the Walls” to the ’50s pop-rock vibration of “Feelin’ Fine”. Overall, the influence of Velvet Underground on Cohen is evident. There’s a lot going on as far as the album is concerned which might give rise to some uneasiness on the part of the listener. “Full Closure and No Details” is definitely worth the time for a listen and signals more to come from Gabriella Cohen.
Supergroup, Crystal Fairy, was formed in 2016 by Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover of the Melvins, Omar Rodríguez-López of At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta, and Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes. The eleven-track album features head banging cuts such as “Chiseler” as well as more moderate contributions (”Moth Tongue”). Crystal Fairy is the Pick of the Week primarily due to the contributions of Teri Gender Bender whose vocal range and flexibility make for amazing transitions across the scales without grinding the gears. This album is not for everybody. Those with a preference for more moderate or tame genres might find the stoner metal – heavy metal with psychedelic rock and punk – tough going. Hey, to each their own. Take some time to check out the album.
The Courtneys are back with their second release, The Courtneys II. The Vancouver-based fuzz-pop band brings together Jenn Twynne Payne (lead singer-drums), Sydney Koke (singer-bass) and Courtney Loove (guitar) offering ten tracks of straight forward fuzz power-pop. Overall, the tracks are pop, but not overly so. There still some pretty rough edges (grunge), so you can have a good time enjoying the album and feeling good without risk of feeling bubbled to death.
Sallie Ford’s second album “Soul Sick” is all about…well…soul sickness or those feelings and emotions that give rise to fear, anxiety and troubles of living in one’s own skin. Ford is certainly not the first to pick up on the themes of the album, but what makes this recording worth the time is her energy and abililty to bring together disparate sounds such as retro Top 40, rock, and psychedelia. Check it out!
Los Angeles-based pop trio MUNA’s first album “About U” is power-pop/new wave advocating for political and social change – women’s rights, abusive relationships and violence. The album is self-produced highlighting Katie Gavin’s strong vocals and guitars of Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin.
Alabama native Allison Crutchfield has released her first solo album “Tourist in This Town”. Produced by Jeff Zeigler, the album makes use of Zeigler’s knowlege of synthesizer music lending space to the recording. As for Crutchfield she artfully captures feelings of that go with breakups (anger and sadness), but the listener won’t feel trapped in the past. It’s clear that Crutchfield has moved forward. While there’s a sense of popishness on the album there’s still plenty of rock influence.
Cherry Glazerr brings on great post-punk/indie noise pop with this latest release “Apocalipstick”. Clementine Creevy heads up the band along with drummer Hannah Uribe , vocalist Sophia Muller and bassist Sean Redman. “Told You I’d Be With The Guys” is an stand-out track along with “Nuclear Bomb” (the video features Creevy having an interesting, however bizzare) relationship with her Rickenbacker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Pnr3S10yA
Led by singer/songwriter Lydia Night, The Regrettes have released “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”, delivering a very high energy punk-pop thwack. Despite the sense of urgency one might feel from the fifteen-track album, the band is led by Lydia Night who does know how to write songs that stick. Night formed the Regrettes with guitarist Genessa Gariano, bassist Sage Nicole, and drummer Maxx Morando in 2015.