Already an established player in the diverse Texas country scene, Wade Bowen is bound to garner a lot more attention following the release of his new self-titled LP. As he told Rolling Stone back in August, “I’ve always tried really hard to make sure my music is not just a regional thing.” Wade Bowen is certainly not a region-specific LP; any fan of true country music from Bakersfield to Nashville will find plenty to like amongst the twelve tunes of Bowen’s new record.
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Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, comprised of vocalist Donovan and backing band the PutBacks, is a tour de force of funk and soul hailing from the land down under. Together these musicians create a unique blend of styles and influences that converge nicely in a soul sonic that anyone noticing the recent uptick in soul music should spot right away. Donovan’s roots in the indigenous peoples of Australia, combined with the PutBacks’ experience in the Melbourne music scene, make this group a talent to watch. Below, you can view a snippet of the process behind Dawn, the band’s forthcoming album.
In August, the Portland, Oregon symphonic indie folk band Musée Mécanique released its sophomore LP, the high-minded and ornately arranged From the Shores of Sleep. Musée Mécanique, fronted by the longtime musical partnership of Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie (the latter of Tristeza fame), is a band that manages to both sound very much like a product of its environment and rise above its native scene through meticulous and creative songwriting. Anyone familiar with the evergreen-lined Pacific Northwest will no doubt hear aural similarities to those environs in Musée Mécanique’s music, particularly the through-composed tunes of From the Shores of Sleep. Now, the band is offering listeners to dive even further into the music’s deep arrangements by producing an instrumental version of the LP, which you can stream below.
Kye Kye is made up of the Portland, Oregon by way of Estonia Yagolnikov siblings, Olga (lead vocals and guitar), Alex (keyboards), and Timothy (programming, keyboards and guitar), who are joined by Olga’s husband Thomas Phelan on drums. At the start of 2014 the quartet dropped its sophomore LP, Fantasize; it then followed that up in September with Fantasize Remixes, a collection of band-made remixes of the Fantasize album cuts. Below you can watch the video for the remix of the track “Her”, directed by Marty Martin.