Americana music artist Eilen Jewell has a deep love of musical history, so much so that the Signature Sounds label head called her a musicologist. That’s a good thing to be when your stock in trade is a broad range of American roots music. Knowing where different musical forms come from and understanding the traditions, makes for a better artist every time. And Eilen Jewell is indeed a real artist.
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Montreal pop R&B singer Sara Diamond is spending 2017 releasing singles about the ups and downs of love. Following the powerful single “Back to You” that focused on the pain of a break-up, Diamond unleashes her strong, affecting vocals on “Unsure”, a track about the uncertainties that plague one while dating. Featuring understated and minimal electronics, the arrangement put Diamond’s voice at the center where it belongs. Only 22 years old, Diamond has been singing since she was a kid and it’s all she ever really wanted to do. That passion comes through in her music.
Adriane Pontecorvo: There’s a lot to unpack on new Trailer Trash Tracys single “Siebenkäs”, from the name (the title of an 18th century German novel) to the glowing white ball featured prominently in the video (the group cites Woody Allen’s Sleeper as inspiration) to the music itself, an almost surreal mixture of many things. The vocals sound like ‘90s Britpop, the synths sound like a dream, and the percussion is abundant—but still gentle. Tropical woodiness, Latin rhythms, and a transcendent lightness give the track the legs it needs to keep moving forward, but nothing weighs down the Tracys here. Utterly unique, and a track you can overthink, though it’s much easier if you just float right along with it. [9/10]
Spyros Stasis: Releasing an amazing series of records since her 2009 debut, The Spoils, Zola Jesus has attained a well-deserved stature in the experimental music scene. Taiga, her previous record, felt like a bit of a letdown, appearing more uncertain and awkward than her earlier works. On the contrary, “Exhumed”, the first single from Okovi could not be more focused, finding Zola Jesus at a moment of clear determination and sheer will. The perspective is much darker (the Ringu inspired video will convince you on that as much as the music,) the percussion taking on a tribal progression and the vocals piercing clearly through the instrumentation. It is a tour de force, a trip through pure tension, and it marks one of her finest moments. [9/10]
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