Singer and songwriter Haley Pharo crafts pop music that’s clearly inspired by the Dr. Luke school of production, as the latest video from her recently self-titled album attests. The kinetic visuals and rapid-fire instrumentation of “Prisoner” make for a thrilling musical ride, one grounded in a strong performance by Pharo.
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Folk singer/songwriter Chris Smither is up to his bluesy ways again with his latest music video, “Link of Chain”, taken from his recently released, two-disc retrospective album, Still on the Levee. The song features Rusty Belle on backup vocals, adding another dimension of smooth to Smither’s legendary blues chops.
Americana troubadour Mary Gauthier has released a new video from her recently released album, Trouble & Love. The song, “Oh Soul”, is wonderfully complemented by photographs from the reputed photographer Jack Spencer, which are hung on string as Gauthier plays a heartfelt lamentation on her guitar.
With “Accidentally in Love”, the Swedish pop trio Dirty Loops has done something pretty impressive with what might otherwise have been a rote and near laughable take on ‘80’s pop. (With the right modifications, it could have been Kenny Loggins number.) The group, consisting of Jonah Nilsson (vocals/piano), Henrik Linder (bass), and Aaron Mellergårdh (drums), clearly knows just how to toy with a classic formula, in this case the ‘80’s synth-pop formula. Nilsson’s vocals, quite reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, are immediately appealing, but especially striking the instrumentation on “Accidentally in Love”. The slap n’ pop bass is a nice touch, but even more dynamic are the song’s multiple time signature changes. Just when you think it’s settled into its saccharine groove, the trio finds a way to upend the listener’s expectations.
This eminently danceable number is a standout cut from the trio’s forthcoming album, Loopified, and you can stream it below.
The most popular indie rock of recent years, from the psychedelic washes of Tame Impala to the sunny vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes, has always found the most comfort in the warm rays of summer heat. Joining groups such as these is the San Francisco-based City Tribe, who with its latest tune, “Silver Lining”, balances melancholy subject matter with music that would find a fitting home at the sands of a beach.