The forthcoming new album Fall on Your Sword by Connecticut singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin is a wonderfully eclectic collection of songs inspired by stories we’ve heard as youngsters, from fairy tales, to cautionary tales, to pop culture events from the 20th century. The lavish track “I’d Take a Bullet for You” draws its inspiration from one of the most romanticized couples of the past century.
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Twenty-two-year-old musician Maggie Trapani is set to release her debut EP Life of a Perpetual Quitter this week, and as you’ll hear on the stream of the record below, the New Jersey native strikes a confident balance between smart pop music and confessional singer-songwriter fare. The future’s bright for this young woman and although her lesson is one often espoused by artists, it’s one people need to hear more, especially those who might feel trapped in whatever lives they lead.
Similar to the hooky, gentle power pop of Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and looking back further, the Aislers Set, Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album One. Led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Leslie Sisson and featuring Rozie Castoe on bass and Karen Skloss on drums, the trio are captivating on the album’s first single, which just so happens to be the title track.
Having started out as a minimalist folk band, Austin’s Reservations have honed their sound to the point know where it finds a comfortable balance between the dreamy sound of Mazzy Star, the ragged style of Crazy Horse, and the more plaintive side of Belle and Sebastian. Their debut full-length is strikingly beautiful, its ten songs, which were written by singer Jana Horn when she was 19, showing remarkable maturity. Taking Time is so self-assured that when you’re offered to premiere it for all to hear, you can only reply, “How soon can we put this up?”
Bridging alternative rock and progressive rock with a distinctly Icelandic twist, it’s tempting to see Agent Fresco as a mix of Dredg and Mew, but as you can hear on “Wait for Me”, the latest video from the band’s forthcoming third album Destrier, there’s a whole lot more to them than mere easy comparisons. There’s something much deeper, and much like their home country, a little mysterious too.