Questions (2015) is the perfect title for David Bronson’s latest album. Throughout nearly a dozen songs, the New York-based singer-songwriter examines life in all its seasons, occasionally posing a direct question in the lyrics. “Does it give your heart a beating?”, he asks on “Task”. In the context of the song’s gripping musicality, the answer is a resounding yes. “Task” stands apart amidst Bronson’s thoroughly laudable set of original compositions. While no one mood overstays its welcome on Questions, “Task” brings a dose of acoustic funk to the mix. Producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Etta James, Aerosmith) ensures a seamless blend among all the elements, making “Task” the album’s most essential track.
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After a five-year hiatus Atlanta band Sleep Therapy returned this past January with Dirt City Swans, the first of four new EPs planned for release. Next up is Creatures, which comes out today, and we’re happy to premiere “This is Power”, one of its four new tracks.
From the opening bars of their new single, you’d think Scavenger Hunt is an obscurity from an old John Hughes soundtrack. So immersed in the ‘80s is this Los Angeles electropop band—think the Human League and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark—that is comes as a genuine surprise that this music is from 2015. But there it is on Soundcloud, not on an old tape with Molly Ringwald on the cover. It’s remarkable, and something we think is worth hearing.
London-based, New York-raised singer-songwriter Micky Blue dubs her music “haunted pop” which you can hear in the melancholy strains of her music, which taps into the melancholy side of pop music. Perfectly timed for the current zeitgeist led by Lorde, Sia, and Florence Welch, the percussive, thunderous “Submarine” combines gigantic hooks with a minimal yet lavish arrangement, and its enigmatic quality is enhanced further by her new video for the track.