Best known as the lead singer/songwriter for Bitter:Sweet, Shana Halligan has ventured out on her own and is set to release a new solo album entitled Back to Me this fall. “Been Waiting” is the first single from the record, a sumptuous blend of melodramatic piano balladry and a gently pulsating electronic rhythm that gradually escalates into a swanky little house beat. What starts off as forlornly sad becomes almost celebratory in its misery, as if she’s dancing the pain away.
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Ubiquitous in the UK, a classic rock curiosity on North America, it’s high time Slade was given a proper critical reevaluation on this continent. Until that happens, though, the glam rockers remain something for young people to discover. And who knows, maybe someone who hears this terrific new track by A Fragile Tomorrow, written in tribute to Slade and their singer Noddy Holder, in addition to enjoying the South Carolina band’s boisterous powerpop will be compelled to delve into Slade’s wonderful discography.
Birmingham, Alabama singer-songwriter Jesse Payne returns with his newest album Heirloom this week, and his laid-back, rustic, contemplative take on indie, roots, and folk is sure to interest fans of indie and Americana alike. Three years in the making, it’s been a torturous haul, but its sumptuous arrangements - a testament to Payne’s many collaborators - make this record well worth the long wait.
Timbre Cierpke straddles the classical world and contemporary music world with astonishing ease and versatility. The daughter of a cellist/orchestra conductor/music professor and a choral director, she learned music before she learned to read, and was playing harp professionally at the age of 12. On the other side, she has recorded with such varied talents as Jack White, Ricky Skaggs, and MewithoutYou.
Cornwall, England trio Lost Dawn excel at taking the more glam rock-oriented side of psychedelic music and bringing it into a more contemporary focus. Comparisons have been made to T. Rex and Supergrass at the same time, and after hearing new single “Electrify”, that’s not entirely inaccurate. As it happens the band has just released a wonderfully strange new video for the track, which can be seen below.