Canada’s Gabrielle Papillon has long stood as a remarkable singer/songwriter, and her upcoming sixth LP, Keep the Fire, maintains that excellence. Having heard the whole thing, I can attest to its wonderful mixture of dense, rustic instrumentation, bittersweet yet empowered singing, and captivatingly confessional lyricism. While each piece succeeds in its own ways, arguably the best track in the sets is the title track, which Papillon is now premiering ahead of the collection’s 13 October release date (on UK label the state51 Conspiracy). With its boisterous and dynamic arrangement, catchy chorus, and engaging sentiments, it’s guaranteed to ignite something meaningful within you, too.
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Most of the time, achieving one’s dreams doesn’t come easy. Even times of success can be followed by times of doubt, severe writer’s block, and questioning oneself over the meaning of their pursuit.
Such was the case for Matt Martin, the singer-songwriter at the center of indie rock outlet Wanderwild when recording “Dreams”. The Georgian artist has since moved on to greener pastures, announcing the release date of his new album, In Due Time, on 17 November.
Brilliant UK artist Kate Tempest raps her way through a deeply socially conscious track in “Tunnel Vision”, which appeared on her Mercury Prize-nominated Let Them Eat Chaos. With her gift for words, Tempest is a poet of the left behind people in this era of neoliberalism. She also critiques the abuses of the capitalist system and the cult of the individual: “The myth of the individual has left us disconnected, lost and pitiful.” Tempest’s music is meant to enlighten and educate, as well as to entertain.
British electronic artist Burial has been busy in the last two years after quite a gap in his recordings. The dubstepper has released a number of compelling singles recently and on 22 September, he has another coming. Titled “Rodent”, the lead track features Burial’s trademark use of echoey and slightly eerie vocals. Meanwhile, the Kode 9 remix ups the beats adding a techno sheen to the track. “Rodent” releases 22 September via Hyperdub and can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp.
Shining Mirrors perfectly finds the intersection of Phil Spector-style pop and punk on “Cardiac”, the first single from the trio’s self-titled EP out 3 November. The hooks are immediate, and the track’s warm confidence wins us over within seconds; for two minutes and 51 seconds, we can revel in the trio’s remarkable combination of innocence and danger. Frontman Drew Robinson delivers a vocal performance reminiscent of Joey Ramone at his peak, suggesting at the tune’s outset that the band give it one more try.
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