Western Canadian singer-songwriters Joanna Dee and Shantaia Poulin are following in the footsteps of recent breakthrough country artists as Jess Moskaluke and Kira Isabella, smartly blending sassy mainstream country with a strong pop sensibility. Normally solo artists, the two friends joined forces on the new single “Click Click Bang Bang”, and as you can tell in the song and on the fun new video below, the young women had no trouble at all getting their Miranda Lambert on. There’s girl power, revenge fantasy, humour, and best of all, a knockout of a hook.
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Best known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Robin Finck explores many more artistic media than just rock guitar. One of his latest ventures has been creating the soundtrack for the upcoming game NOCT alongside musician Pedro “Worldclock” Pimentel. Being the soundtrack to a dystopian survival horror game, you bet it’s going to sound ominous, and as the track “TCAS”, the duo have come through in a big way. Think an industrial-tinged John Carpenter.
Best known for touring alongside (and often backing up) twee titans She and Him, Los Angeles duo the Chapin Sisters have amassed a formidable body of work on their own. Their latest album Today’s Not Yesterday is a terrific showcase of just how versatile they are, as Abigail and Lily Chapin veer gracefully from folk, to country, to grittier Americana, to psychedelic rock, to 1970s mainstream pop, from the Carpenters to Fleetwood Mac. One of the most remarkable aspects of this record is how such a diverse record retains such consistency, which is where the beauty and charm of the sisters’ voices comes in.
Two years after releasing her this album Careira in her native Brazil and touring the globe in support of it, singer-songwriter Tamy has her sights set on America, as the album will be released there on 30 October via Zip Records. A lithe, seductive, rich mix of reggae, samba, bossa nova, côco, forró, marcha, and rancho, the album at once laid back and cosmopolitan, beautifully exemplified by the gorgeous “Dava Pra Ver”, which if my Portuguese translation is correct, means “I can see”.
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