While listening to medical professionals drone on about the physical carnage of my recent bike crash and the various medicines being deployed, it actually occurred to me that it all would be much easier to take if it were sung by one of my favorite female indie vocalists, like Pam Berry. Of course, I don't have a recording of Pam Berry telling me when to take pain killers, but I can bring all of you something much more useful for your lives -- Bel Etage. Bel Etage consists of Ms. Berry and Lupe Núñez-Fernández. Combining their formidable talents, honed in Black Tambourine, Withered Hand, Bart and Friends, Pipas, and Amor de Dias, among others, the duo brings a '60s sensibility to their melodic guitar pop. The opener, "Quiet Town" is a slow-paced acoustic track with a slightly ominous undertone. "Lonesome Heartache Constellation" is a brighter, more C-86 adorned tune. Both will be a welcome edition to your summer days.
The record is out now on 7" vinyl or as a digital download. If you crave the former, act fast. By the way, there has been talk of an album from this combination, but the world is uncertain. Grab this single while you can.