Maia Sharp has had her compositions recorded by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Keb’ Mo’, Trisha Yearwood, and many more, but even more impressive is the body of recorded work she’s amassed on her own as a solo artist. A country/rock songwriter of grace and taste, she has an uncanny knack for subtle, simple poetry and an ear for a tremendous hook, all of which are on display on the title track from her upcoming sixth album The Dash Between the Dates, which will be released 16 October.
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Norwegian art pop artist Sarah Calvert, AKA Calvert, will be releasing her debut EP later this fall, and as a great little teaser have just put together a video for the entrancing track “Spring”. With an enticing blend of ambient and electropop influences, not to mention just the right amount of Nordic chilliness, the track, which features feels as mysterious as it is inviting.
Led by founder and multi-instrumentalist Frank Orrall, Poi Dog Pondering have been a mainstay in the Chicago music scene for more than two decades. Featuring a perpetually evolving sound and a revolving collection of contributors, their eclecticism is all part of their charm, and that’s on full display on the ebullient experimental pop of their eighth album Everybody’s Got a Star, which will be released 18 September and can be listened to in its entirety below.
What’s so impressive about Darlingside’s new album Birds Say is how fully developed it feels. From the first minute it has an identity, its acoustic arrangements and rich, four-part vocal harmonies hearkening to ‘60s folk (the CSNY influence is massive) yet the foursome still take the music in a direction that feels contemporary. It’s rooted in traditional music but has a very subtle experimental mentality that gives the music a quirky charm of its own. It’s not easy for a band to sound like they hit the ground running, but Darlingside do that on a record that, if there’s any justice in this world, should click in a huge way with the indie folk crowd.
Having opened in the past for the likes of Temples and the Horrors, New York band Spires are set to release their debut self-titled EP 18 September on 401K Music. Derived from the Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Spires tosses in a little bit of twee as well for a good balance of braggadocio and sensitivity.