Adriane Pontecorvo: There must be a vault somewhere in Stockholm that holds all the secrets to pop music, because nobody puts together a catchy song quite like the Swedes do. Miike Snow’s latest single attests to this; “My Trigger” captivates and begs for a dozen successive listens. Every element is so polished that it’s hard to pick the key to this song, but for my money, nothing keeps the song both moving forward and adds some weight to it like those keys. Upbeat, skillful, and above all, entertaining, both aurally and visually. This is the perfect pop song. [10/10]
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Co-founder of celebrated Americana band Sons of Fathers, Paul Cauthen left the group three years ago to focus on finding his true voice and building a solo career. Digging deep into the gospel music of his Texas youth, Cauthen‘s lead track from his new album, “My Gospel”, is a rousing statement of purpose that preaches of the need for love and the spiritual in this life, whatever form that might take. Cauthen’s voice on this track echoes a bit of Elvis with its deep tones, heavy vibrato and ability to move the listener. He connects right away with you, like Elvis, his voice rising to the heavens like it could move mountains.
Britain’s Wendy Bevan is a wide-ranging artist with multi-disciplinary interests across culture. As much a performance artist and visual artist as she is a musician, Bevan commands attention with her theatrical style and enigmatic music that conjures mini movies in the listener’s head. She’s performed at London’s ICA and the Hackney Empire, as well as having her work incorporated into several film soundtracks. Now this modern day Renaissance woman is about to release her debut album, Rose & Thorn, tomorrow and you can preview it here. Bevan’s sound is built around drum machines, synthesizers and strings from the Balanescu Quartet and it verges between dark wave and cold wave.
Tommy ’86 will release Transhumanism on October 28 via Blood Music, though a taste from the record, “L.V.T.H.N. Central Unit” is available now. Heavily influenced by the synthesized sounds of the 1980s, the French musician has been active since 2011. Creating records with pulsing, Euro disco sounds and a sense of adventure and humor, TOMMY ’86 calls to mind the recent work of John Carpenter, and, at times, Zombi.
Adriane Pontecorvo: Against Me! has fun with power pop, stepping back a few decades with Kiss-style face paint and low-budget sci-fi references. Laura Jane Grace shouts the post-heartbreak lyrics of “Crash” with the aggressive energy of a teenage garage band. It’s infectious, with a classic rock feel that Against Me! knows not to take too seriously. This is a song that doesn’t need a twist to make its point; it’s guaranteed to get a crowd jumping. [8/10]
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