Tuesday, November 20, 2018
The new record is the 12-track Don't You Wanna Feel The Rain?, their second full length. Styled as a concept album, the album addresses adult life, and the unique perspectives on romance, separation, parenting, careers, travel, and other matters occupy one's life as one grows older. We can relate, but more importantly, we appreciate the melodic and incisive treatment that this set of songs provides. We feel the longing, the joy, the uncertainties, the self-depreciation, and the acceptance. And we celebrate the great tunes that deliver the observations. If loving this album marks us as having reached 'a certain age', then so be it. We even will consider feeling the rain.
Don't You Wanna Feel The Rain? is out now in digital and CD formats via Matinee Recordings.
Bandcamp for album
Matinee Recordings page for album
Monday, November 19, 2018
One of our favorite albums of a couple of years ago was Secret Kids by Jon Rooney's Virgin of the Birds project. So we didn't need much prompting to cue up Numberless Needs, their new five-track EP. In fact, knowledge that VotB was covering "Wisconsin Polka", by fellow Seattle band the Foghorns might have been enough, as our ranks contain Wisconsin expats as well. Jon changed a few things about the song (in fact, it is no longer a polka), but that doesn't prevent it from being a great piece of music. Overall, the EP display's Rooney's wide-ranging interests and versatile songwriting. Opener "I Fought A Turk", featuring guest US/Scottish artist Faith Eliott is a gentle folk pop melody with a dark lyricism. "In 1970, Across Philadelphia, Frank Rizzo Broke the Black Panther Party" and "Peter Stone Brown" are both inspired by Jon's home town of Philadelphia. The former uses a police action against the Black Panthers as a springboard for broader social commentary about oppression of minorities, while launches from memories of a local singer-songwriter and music writer. After the non-polka "Wisconsin Polka", we arrive at the sharp-edged closer, "Every Rival", in which Jon settles some scores with a song about settling scores. Numberless Needs is a highly recommended listen, and to prompt you to do that, you'll have to hit the Bandcamp link for "Wisconsin Polka". We suggest beer as a pairing with the tune.
Virgin of the Birds is Jon Rooney, Colin J Nelson, Ken Nottingham and Paul Baudry. Numberless Needs is out now as a digital release via Abandoned Love Records.
Bandcamp for Numberless Needs
Abandoned Love Records
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Lightfoils are Jane Zabeth Nicholson (vocals), Jon Rungger (drums), Neil Yodnane (guitar), Zeeshan Abbasi (guitar), and Cory Osborne (bass). Chambers EP will be released in digital and vinyl formats.
Bandcamp for Chambers EP
We are in the business of being impressed by new talent and then sharing our discoveries with you. One of our latest finds is Newcastle's Sam Fender. His new EP is Dead Boys, and will be a digital release via Polydor Records on November 20. The six tracks showcase his superb vocals, but even more impressive is his socially conscious lyricism. Check out the videos below for "That Sound" and his live performance of the title track, which addresses male suicide.
Links to digital outlets for Dead Boys
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Elias Mahfoud certainly is known to us here at WYMA. But we know him as a member of guitar pop band Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes, which featured here twice in the fall of 2017. However, today we get to know him as Chez Ali, a romantic crooner with a dance-positive, R&B set of songs in his arsenal. You can get to know Elias as Chez Ali too, via his new EP Buenas Noches Club. For this outing, Elias paints his indie inclinations with an appealing coat of pop enamel, and the results are an absolute joy.
Buenas Noches Club is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Stockholm's Rama Lama Records.
Bandcamp for EP
Rama Lama Records
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
What we are willing to do is champion the album. It is assured, muscular, and stuffed with smart, satisfying songs. Sometimes upbeat, sometimes moody, but always carefully detailed and performed with conviction. Check out the streams below and then explore at the Bandcamp link.
Value Void are Paz Maddio, Marta Zabala, Luke Tristram. Sentimental is out now via Tough Love Records.
Bandcamp for Sentimental
Monday, November 12, 2018
This week's opening feature record is the self-titled album by New Silver Girl. For their debut long player, the Finnish four-piece proves equally adept with heavy rock riffs and the more poppy, glammy side of indie rock. This versitility is well-demonstrated by the first two songs we have streamed below, the riffy album opener "Love Is Like A Goldmine" and the glossier "Starlight City". The album unspools like a romp through the '70s up to today, and it is vibrant, fun, and superbly crafted. If you need some rock energy to start your week (and who doesn't?), New Silver Girl should be first on your menu.
New Silver Girl are Olli Happonen (vocals/guitar), Samuli Sulku (guitar), Ilmo Cantell (bass), and Niilo Suihko (drums). The album is out now via Helsinki's Soliti Music.
Bandcamp for album
Soliti Music page for New Silver Girl
Friday, November 9, 2018
"When I Was Younger" is out now as a digital download, so visit your favorite platform and enjoy what we are enjoying (well, minus this bourbon -- it is ours).