Broken Bells, the collaborative project of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer, have given fans the first taste of their upcoming sophomore LP. The duo released “Holding on for Life” as a stream on their official website today, where visitors can also pre-order the record it hails from, After the Disco, the following day.
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Dum Dum Girls have christened Halloween by unveiling the specs on their forthcoming third LP, pairing the announcement with the video for the record’s lead single.
The 10-song record, Too True, is due out January 27, 2014, in Europe and January 28 in the U.S. on Sub Pop. It is the follow-up to quartet’s last full-length, 2011’s Only in Dreams, and their 2012 EP End of Daze. It is produced by previous Dum Dum Girls collaborators Richard Gottehrer and the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner.
Back in 2011, PopMatters’ Matt James raved about Lydia Loveless’ aptly titled sophomore outing, Indestructible Machine, noting that “Lydia Loveless’ second record is, by turns, a succession of swift punches to the face followed by a lover’s warm, passionate embrace. Either way, it holds your attention. Indestructible Machine is as good as anything I’ve heard this year and marks the true, and truly defiant, arrival of what could be a serious talent.”
It’s a good time to be a “souljer”. That’s the name of Russell Taylor’s ever-growing legion of listeners. The singer-songwriter recently premiered his video for “War of Hearts”, the first single off his forthcoming album.
A few years have passed since Taylor’s Confessional (2009) breathed fresh life into the independent soul music scene, but “War of Hearts” proves it’s been worth the wait for new music from one of R&B’s most gifted vocalists and songwriters. “I have been working on this CD for over a year, and ‘War of Hearts’ was the pivotal point for me,” Taylor explains. “It was the genesis for the sound of the entire CD (War of Hearts).” Indeed, the title track is cushioned by an appealing sparseness that accentuates Taylor’s strong vocals.
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