Massachusetts singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg had a great idea for his epic new album South, West, North, East, but it’s one so cleverly complicated that it’s best to bite the bullet and commit the music writer’s sin of directly quoting a press release:
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Aragon says of the video, “Diego is a jornalero—a day laborer, struggling to maintain his livelihood. Daily, he navigates between two very different realities: one, the worker, very much on the outskirts of society, unseen, unnoticed; the other, a Mexican-American 20-something, one half of a mixed-race couple trying to sustain their relationship and manage their cultural differences.”
Swedish band the Legends are set to release their fifth album It’s Love on 16 October. As a great little teaser they’ve just put out the new track “The Embrace”, which you can hear below. It might only be two and a half minutes, but the band creates a drop-dead gorgeous R&B slow-burner. If anything, it’s a tantalizing taste of a terrific new record by a band that loves to defy categorization.
Part Low, part Hum, part Spiritualized, Washington, DC’s Polyon create a rich and enthralling brand of fuzzed-out slowcore, and their second EP Blue is slated for a 13 November release on Funny/Not Funny Records. In the meantime, you can hear the phenomenal new track “Reserve” below, which perfectly encapsulates what this promising band is all about.
Dustin Ragucos: The repeated “phenomenal” and that random bit of singing right after Randall Park asks whether Eminem knows how to drive the car make the song feel like it’s a parody of a tame track by the rapper. It’s a song from a soundtrack (Southpaw), yes, but there’s nothing very special about “Phenomenal”. Enjoy the video for all its novelty. That John Malkovich part already has a room in my heart. [5/10]