In his review of St. Lenox‘s new album, John Paul said, “St. Lenox represents that singular voice, at once very much of its time and utterly timeless in its thematic universality. Ten Hymns from My American Gothic is nothing short of a 21st century pop masterpiece.” St. Lenox (Andrew Choi) is a master of melody with an uncanny ease at crafting super catchy pop songs that never leave your head. His new single “You Don’t Call Me Anymore” exemplifies this as the jangle pop tune is utterly irresistible. For the video, Choi enlisted New York performance artist Matthew Silver who is well-known amongst the public spaces of the city. Silver injects humor into the proceedings in a way that’ll delight and make you smile in these scary and tumultuous times. Meanwhile, Choi’s music will lighten your day with its jangly upbeat tones and to-die-for hooks.
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London’s SAMA play a soulful form of electropop loaded to the brim with great hooks. “What Love Is All About” is the band’s latest single and it should nestle comfortably next Rudimental and Penguin Prison within your collection. “Sama” means “listening” in both Arabic and Farsi, but it also references a spiritual journey wherein one finds love and truth. We could sure use a little of both in these troubled times.
Composed and arranged by Simon Hanes, and performed by him and his 15-piece orchestra, Tredici Bacci, Amore per Tutti is a soundtrack for an Italian movie that was never made. The 11-track album is Hanes’ homage to the film scores of the ‘60s and ‘70s, an era when composers like Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bruno Nicolai, Luis Bacalov, Armando Trovajoli and many other lesser-known figures created vivid soundscapes for genre films—gialli (gory thriller and horror flicks), polizieschi (police procedurals), and the western all’italiana (better known as spaghetti westerns). Their work often was eclectic, mixing and matching, sometimes in a single soundtrack, jazz, free jazz, bossa nova, rock, electronic music, and mariachi.
Texas singer-songwriter James McMurty has written a song called “Remembrance” just in time for election day tomorrow. It’s a Dylanesque folk number looking back at previous elections. This tune isn’t currently planned for an album release, but McMurtry was moved to write an election-themed song, one that encompasses elections of the past around the world, including Spain’s first democratic government, the Reagan election in 1980, as well as Thatcher in the UK. McMurty asserts in the song that “those placing faith in intelligence / Must surely be out of their minds / Out of their minds,” which echoes contemporary analyses of the 2016 contest and Bill Maher’s frequent comments that the U.S. public isn’t well-educated enough to make smart decisions about candidates.
Eclectic pop jazz orchestra Pink Martini is releasing their latest album, Je dis oui, on November 18th via Heinz Records and we’ve got a new song to share with you. “Pata Pata” is a classic South African song first performed by the legendary Miriam Makeba. The tune was so important to her, being both a feminist and anti-apartheid song. Of the song, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale says “I’ve loved this song for years. When it debuted, it was widely seen as a feminist statement against apartheid. When we were recording this, our Greek trombonist Antonis Andreou was whistling along, and I said, “That sounds incredible!” So I had him record the whistling and I think that it really makes the song!” It’s a rollicking and infectious number sure to create a party atmosphere. Somehow, Pink Martini always work their special charm to make their music irresistible.