New Music Friday, you have been missed since last week. But it’s okay. Everything is right in the world now that you’re here. We’ve got a princess, some adults, a bit of “sunshine,” autotune, and a whole bunch more!
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Princess Chelsea – The Loneliest Girl
Can an album be equal parts gorgeous, unique, and oddly haunting? Because if so, Princess Chelsea has landed there and embraced it. When listening, it feels like she knows a secret and she’s grinning about it as she lays out the music for you. It makes you listen to every detail trying to figure out where that smile is coming from.
Favorite tracks: “Growing Older” & “Wasting Time”
Ruston Kelly – Dying Star
Sit down children and let Ruston tell you a story. If Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Alison Krauss had a beautiful Americana singer/songwriter child, Mr. Kelly would be it. If you’re going to fall in love with someone to any record this week, it’s going to be this guy’s debut. Beautiful, witty, and storytelling on another level. Well done, sir.
Favorite tracks: “Son Of A Highway Daughter” & “Brightly Burst Into The Air”
ADULT. – This Behavior
If Weird Science was filmed in a cold Siberian forest, it might sound like this. It’s fun, it’s danceable, but it’s also dark and cold. The husband/wife duo have created something that moves forward like a freight train and could be an incredible album to run to. Would love to see the transition from record to stage.
Favorite tracks: “Everything & Nothing” & “Perversions of Humankind”
Sonni Shine – Reconcile
About a year ago, we did an interview with Sonni supporting her Indiegogo campaign for this album and it’s finally here! Reconcile is a delicious mix of R&B, soul, jazz, and funk from another era. You can’t help but listen to it and think about a smokey, dimly lit speakeasy with her sultry vocals caressing every patron. Drink it up.
Favorite tracks: “You Belong With Me” & “Back to the Way I Was”
ginla – Codex
Somehow, this duo’s debut album skirts the line of pop and buttery smooth drum ‘n’ bass without breaking a sweat. The most surprising part of the record is the softest touch of acoustic guitar that you may not be used to hearing on something like this. If I renamed this one, it would be called Beauty and the Bass.
Favorite tracks: “Cub” & “Crown I”
Swamp Dogg – Love, Loss, and Auto-tune
Take some southern soul, mix it up with R&B, throw in some funk, and then top it all off with extreme auto-tuning and you’ve got the basis for this album. The auto-tune threw me off at the beginning, but the further into the album that you get, the more it grows on you. It’s an emotional mix of old and contemporary that might surprise you.
Favorite tracks: “I Love Me More” & “Lonely”
Suicidal Tendencies – STill Cyco Punk After All These Years
Are you in desperate need of some classic, anarchy-filled punk rock? Well then, get on board this train because it’ll take you where you need to go. The best part of this one is that while you’re listening to it, you can’t help but feel like it’s live. It sounds like the whole band is in your living room screaming their hearts out for you.
Favorite tracks: “All I Ever Get” & “I Love Destruction”
BONUS EP: The Mountain Goats – Hex of Infinite Binding
The Mountain Goats have an incredible way of breaking your heart and at four songs and 14 minutes, it might just be the perfect amount of breakage. Only one of the songs is directly about death, but don’t let that fool you, it’s dark. The last song is the happiest of the four and it sounds like they’ll be releasing more EPs in the near future to look forward to.
Favorite track: “Song for Ted Sallis”
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