Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus // psychedelic rock, musical novel
This album is really intense and wonderfully unique conceptually. The entire thing tells a story in which Ezra is “in love with an angel, and a government is after [them], and [they] have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harboring angels”. The angels are “Transangelic” because “they have an operation, and they’re transformed [into angels]… and it causes panic”. Pretty intense stuff. The music really reflects the urgency of this story with its mixture of strings, synths, and distorted guitars. Ezra’s voice is haunting and seeping with emotion and just perfect for the role. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with every track.
Favorite Tracks: God Lifts Up The Lowly, Compulsive Liar, Psalm 151
Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/bella-union/ezra-furman-love-you-so-bad-1
Citizen Kay – Belly of the Beast // soul, jazz, hip hop
Australian rapper, Citizen Kay, says he has really tried to push himself lyrically in “Belly of the Beast”, and I would 100% agree. I picked up a lot of funk/jazz in his basslines and chord progressions, and I could hear some Thundercat influences in some of the general instrumentation, specifically in “These Kicks” (track 3). The album as a whole is really fearless in execution and there is such a clear and thought out flow from one track to the next.
Favorite Tracks: Early, These Kicks (feat. Georgia B.), For Me, Whatchu Got
Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHfoqKjGQy0&list=PLMXAV37tQo2HSteuggFPGW1DEeQmmJ4tH
Lucy Dacus – Addictions [Single] / Night Shift [Single] // indie alt
I just love Lucy Dacus’ voice and general vibe. When she performs, its a story – like she’s sitting down with her best friend, sharing her most personal ideas, regrets, insecurities,etc.. Lucy’s words are deep and rich, both lyrically and vocally.The first line of “Night Shift” is genius, but then again the whole song is written so well; somehow balancing in the space between stream of consciousness and beautifully hand crafted poetry. I really recommend going in on her past repertoire. She really is a genuinely good artist that writes such genuine music it hurts my heart. Just go listen.
Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WDZdT04ls4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab9aaiI7SkU
Palm – Rock Island (Math Rock, Indie Rock)
Math rock for people who hate math rock. Palm uses repetition and a cutting pop melodic sense to paint emotional pictures within the tropes of a genre that is too often devoid of feeling. Rock Island is one of the freshest sounding rock records of the past few years.
Favorite Tracks: Composite, (Didn’t What You Want) Happen, Dog Milk, Pearly
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Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love “Pirates” [Single] // alternative dance
Right from the start, “Pirates” slaps you in the face with heavy synths, and a bass line you won’t be able to get out of your head. This single just makes you want to move your shoulders and learn the lyrics. Sabina Sciubba’s percussive vocals bring you into her story, and when she switches into her higher register, you’re instantly hooked to their sound. Fun fact: none of the members are actually from Brazil!
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Smokey Brights – Come To Terms EP [try 1, 3] // alt rock
Come To Terms is a fairly short album that has a super relaxed groove throughout. You can really feel the chemistry between lead singers, Ryan Devlin and Kim West. Together, they are able to create a tame, yet cool indie/alternative sound while alluding to the days of 70’s psychedelic rock. Continue reading “Erin’s Top Picks of the Week”