The stateside release of Weeping Cherry, Ambrosia Parsley’s full-length debut, has been a long time coming. Parsley is perhaps most well known for her role in the Americana outfit Shivaree, which was active from 1997-2007. Some folks in the world have been fortunate enough to hear her first complete solo statement, as Weeping Cherry received its worldwide unveiling through a French release in 2013. Now, however, this eclectic, singer/songwriter LP—one that bridges the styles and tonalities of indie folk, jazz, and even soul (“Skin & Bone”)—will see a broader United States release next week. Stream it in its entirety below.
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The East London group Jingo may be relatively new entries into their local music scene, but they’re already making a considerable splash. Both Amazing Radio and BBC London have given them the tip of the cap. When added to live showings including a successful night at the London DIY open mic night Cable Street Electric and a gig opening for Graham Coxon (Blur), these young rockers have already started paving a solid path for their musical career.
“A.D.D.”, a tune from Jingo’s forthcoming EP, captures the energy they bring to their music. With musical elements that bring to mind mid-‘90s Radiohead, the band tackles an issue that is of no small matter, delivering angst-driven lyrics such as “Your love / is my suicide.”
Last autumn, PopMatters premiered a video by Ruby the RabbitFoot, a project helmed by singer/songwriter Ruby Kendrick, entitled “Misery”. Now, in a stripped-down arrangement of that tune, Ruby the RabbitFoot take to the stage of Sofar Sounds, a gig collective that houses intimate shows around the world. For this performance, the band took to the stage at Sofar Dallas. With only a clean-toned electric guitar and two voices to fill the venue, Ruby the RabbitFoot give a tender performance that highlights the intimacy of the space.
When a song is anachronistic, it’s best to make its visual accompaniment equally difficult to pigeonhole to a particular era. That’s the approach with the video for Emily Kempf’s “Dynamite”, for the tune itself doesn’t sound as though it is either historic- or futuristic-leaning, but rather like it’s emanating from a parallel timeline altogether.
“Dynamite” is an avant-garde baroque dream pop number with a dash of gypsy elements; its nebulous music has a Tim Buckley-meets-Björk flavor. Kempf’s haunting bellow is the star amid minor piano chords, hammered on and resonating as though played in a dusty mausoleum. As digital effects twinkle in the background, the song abruptly transitions to a comparatively upbeat, galloping keyboard melody.
In his 9 out of 10 PopMatters Pick review of Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Arnold Pan writes, “Barnett pretty obviously succeeds on Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit in meeting a more mainstream audience at least a little bit of the way. But for those who aren’t willing to follow… Barnett all the way as she goes on the rest of a twisting, turning path that’s uniquely her own, that’s their loss, not hers.”
Below you can watch Barnett perform the Sometimes I Sit and Think cut “Dead Fox” in the cozy environs of the Black Cab Sessions.