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by Brice Ezell

3 Jun 2015


It’s been eight years since Aqueduct—initially from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now camped out in Seattle—released a full-length debut, the last time being 2007’s Or Give Me Death. That LP follows 2005’s I Sold Gold, which caught the group a new wave of critical appreciation and even an appearance on Conan O’Brien. The wait for a new Aqueduct album is now over, however, as Wild Knights is set to be released this summer.

For both a preview of Wild Knights and an example of frontman David Terry’s pop chops, you can stream the catchy “Simpleanimal” below. The direct yet subtly complex tune is one reason why this description from The Onion makes terrific sense: “[Aqueduct is] like a collaboration between the Beach Boys and XTC.”

by Brice Ezell

2 Jun 2015


In writing about John Newman for PopMatters’ “Best New and Emerging Artists 2013”, Colin McGuire claims, “If 2013 was the year… Newman broke through into a good bit of Europe’s broken hearts, 2014 ought to be the year the western world takes notice. The guy is a master at writing songs that beg to be played in arenas, and [debut album] Tribute, if nothing else, proves that the artist behind them is certainly worthy of the stage.” If you haven’t discovered Newman’s anthemic and infectious music—“Love Me Again” truly is the definition of the latter—then there’s no time better than the present, as Newman has just dropped a new single, “Come and Get It”. Unsurprisingly for the young (soon to turn 25) musician, the chorus is positively huge, and catchy in a near undeniable way.

by Brice Ezell

2 Jun 2015


Photo: Justin Hackworth

In August 2015, the Provo, Utah band the National Parks will release their sophomore LP Until I Live. As the lyric video for album cut “Monsters of the North” reveals, however, this seven-piece outfit has already readied itself for the summer months. With elegant typeface laid atop a string of beautifully photographed nature imagery, “Monsters of the North”‘s lyric video feels like a whole summer rolled up into three minutes and 52 seconds. Combine that with a chorus that’s perfect for road-trip singalongs and you’ve got a fine aural/video pairing.

by Brice Ezell

2 Jun 2015


Photo: Jessica Scarane

Teen Men take their name from a Playboy advert dating back to the ‘60s. The opening tune of their new, self-titled LP, “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)”, begins with a phrase that sounds like an alternate take on the Rugrats theme. From this, one can reasonably infer that “playful” is among the adjectives one can pin on the Delaware-based quartet. Yet this slightly goofy creativity exists not merely for the purpose of giggle-inducing; rather, it’s another dimension to Teen Men’s multi-colored sonic canvas. To hear these colors in play, you can stream Teen Men in full below.

by Brice Ezell

2 Jun 2015


In a short feature on American Songwriter, the North Carolina septet Songs of Water were asked what their turn-ons and turn-offs are. Their answer was simple:

Turn-Offs: false pretense

Turn-Ons: authenticity

These folks aren’t joking. One listen to Stars and Dust, the group’s gorgeous new LP, and you’ll find nary a hint of the former and the plenty of the latter. With a lush, emotional musical landscape that more often than not evokes the feel of a film score, Stars and Dust is a complex journey from beginning to end. From the piano-driven beauty of album highlight “She’s Only Sleeping” to the wide-eyed wonderment of closer “Chiaroscuro”, you’re bound to get lost in the many paths Songs of Water take. Stars and Dust is an apt title; by the time the album reaches its conclusion, you’ll have journeyed to the stars from the dust, and then back again.

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