Blending jazz, math rock, progressive rock, electronic, and aspects of classical music, Brighton instrumental band Calico come across as a combination of Jaga Jazzist and Battles, but with enough of a contemplative quality that keeps the music reined in. Discipline in such a stylistically diverse young band is a rarity, but Calico pull if off with aplomb on their new EP.
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Vancouver singer-songwriter Kaylee Johnston is working on her debut album which is set for release in spring 2016, which ranges from edgy R&B to more rock-oriented fare. New song “Try” is a good example of the latter, which bridges the effervescence of Carly Rae Jepsen and the alt-rock charm of late ‘90s Natalie Imbruglia. It’s all about Johnston’s crystalline voice, which conveys emotion and charisma with a directness that’s arresting.
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.
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.
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