MNSR Frites spends much of his time as part of the British collectives Granville Sessions and Moose Funk Squad. But he’s also been working away at a collection of solo material, some of which appears on his debut album, The River Wandle.
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Born in Miami, raised in Buenos Aires, and now based in New York City, Alejandro Meola first made a name for himself with four Spanish-language releases. Now with a broader audience in his sights he’s just released First Impressions, his debut English-language release. Backed by his band Robinsones, Meola’s introspective character sketches are given a well-rounded sound that melds, blues, rock, and even reggae. Stream First Impressions in its entirety below.
Brooklyn weirdos Harvey Eyeballs usually play the kind of tunes that could qualify as outsider music, but in their best work lies a deceivingly smart musical sensibility. Take “Hopeless Breakup Song” from their forthcoming album Whole ‘Nuther Record, for instance. At first it sounds like they’re taking the piss out of early ‘60s pop, but the more the raggedy track goes on, the more you begin to sense a little soul, a little grace reminiscent of Lambchop in their prime. It’s a good little tearjerker, and should be enough to compel you to investigate this enigmatic band further.
That stunning musicality is on full display during Porcelain Raft’s live performance at KEXP on July 7th. The radio station has just today released the full performance video, which includes, as always, insightful interview segments.