Million Miles is the nom de plume of one Sophie Baudry who was raised in Paris, lives in London, and trained at the superlative Berklee College of Music. Baudry possesses a warm and enveloping voice ideally suited for soul music, with her main influences being Ray Charles and Bill Withers. Million Miles is set to release her debut EP Berry Hill on 3 November with the title referring to the area in Nashville where she recorded and wrote the four songs that will introduce her to the world.
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Adriane Pontecorvo: There’s a certain comfort in knowing that some things will stay the same over the decades: the sun still rises in the morning and sets in the evening, water is still wet, and the Shins still sound like they did in 2007. To the group’s credit, “Half a Million” feels a little more filled out than tracks off of Wincing the Night Away did, and that’s certainly progress, but the indie whine belongs in the past, and it would be nice to hear something a little different from a group that was one of the most promising of the early oughts. This isn’t a bad song, but it’s mid-level mainstream radio at best. [6/10]
Singer-songwriter Andrew Belle found critical acclaim with his 2013 sophomore album Black Bear. But just a year after that, Belle lost his voice for two months and had to confront the fear of losing music as the center point of his life. Luckily the vocal loss only lasted two months and Belle was able to persevere in penning his third album Dive Deep, which releases this Friday. Forced to take stock of his life and increasingly focused on domestic issues, Dive Deep shows Belle delving into his emotional depths to produce a set of songs relatable to anyone who has loved in their lives.
There’s a foul air around wrinkling our bodies and rotting our teeth
The government is releasing chemicals from jet planes to control the weather?
They say if you’re doing nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to worry about
But I still put tape over my laptop’s camera because, I mean, you never know
That’s how seriously goofy Minneapolis act Miami Dolphins kick off their new single, “Fluoride”. The herky-jerky quirk of their upcoming album conjures a sea of comparisons—Deerhoof for starters, but with the alt ’90s haircut of Speedy Ortiz and math pop attention span of Buke and Gase. Equally, they draw from the whacked-out, turn-of-the-70s America, like Georgia’s B-52s or Ohio’s Devo. Call it zolo if you like. Angular guitars, funk bass and schnozzy talk singing for the iPhone generation.
“Cinnamon” is the latest track from New York City’s Monogold. Culled from the outfit’s upcoming album, Babyfood, due out September 29th, the infectious tune invites listeners into the band’s self-described brand of strangewave, an amalgam of neo-psychedelia, off-kilter power pop and a pinch of something remarkably, well, strange. The track, which explores themes of one discovering another’s body, is playful and imaginative and the accompanying video, appropriately enough, animated by a group of children. Students at the Good School, a mobile stop-frame animation school for kids (run by vocalist Keith Kelly’s girlfriend, Laura Bellmont), provided the images.