After fronting the band Joe Buck Jr. for a decade, Rob Williams has set off on his own as a solo artist, and his new album Southern FMwill be released on 14 December. As you can tell by the minimal acoustic arrangement of “Sometimes It’s a Song”, he’s stepped into the role as singer-songwriter-troubadour comfortably, as the song’s laid-back lonesome romanticism is too sweet to dislike.
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Australian R&B singer Natasha is set to release her new EP Into the Sun next month, which features contributions from several heavy hitters. Produced by Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston) and featuring songwriters Jnay Sewell (Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind”) and Andrea Martin (Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis), she has her eye on Stateside success, and if her new video for the smouldering yet pulsating “Code Blue” is any indication, it could be sooner rather than later.
Spanish musician Sau Poler, who has released work under the moniker Pablie, has just released his final album as Pablie. B Sides might hint at being a “leftovers” album, but in actuality it’s a wonderful coda to Pablie’s body of work, in which instrumental hip hop is taken into a more organic direction, incorporating jazz and Spanish sounds, evoking the romantic, laid-back landscape of Poler’s home all the while.
Listening to the debut album by French band Sunder, the most obvious signpost isn’t an older band like Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, or Uriah Heep, but rather new band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. The same swing, the same reliance on ‘60’s accouterments like Farfisa and mellotron, the same dark lyrical themes. However, what sets Sunder apart from Uncle Acid and other practitioners of occult/psychedelic heavy rock is the singing, which eschews detachment in favor of genuine emotion. When Julien Merét belts out his lead vocals, you feel it.
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