Four years removed from their debut album Found in the Forest and two years after the Ursus EP, Alaska-bred and Portland-based band Animal Eyes are set to release their second full-length album Where We Go in September.
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As Mark Allister reviewed earlier this year, James McMurtry’s latest album Complicated Game is a delight, steeped in the swampier sounds of Americana but at the same time displaying the charm of a witty storyteller spinning a yarn on a back porch. Nestled on the back half of the record is the charming little ragtime blues tune “Forgotten Coast”, McMurtry’s wonderful tribute to America’s southernmost coastal region. The new video for the track, which we’re very pleased to premiere here at PopMatters, is a beautifully photographed portrait of the region, the perfect accompaniment to the song.
Formed in 2013, Los Angeles trio the Battlefield specialize in a sumptuous blend of folk, Americana, classic country, and the adult contemporary side of pop music. And even a little ragtime. Lively, rustic, and soulful, Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver, and James Addison trade lead vocals and serve up rich harmonies on their debut album Tipping Point, which we premiere in its entirety today.
Northern Irish hard rockers the Answer have put together a nice career after appearing almost a decade ago, cultivating a solid fanbase through heavy touring and some good, consistent albums. Their fifth album Raise a Little Hell came out this past March, and they’ve just completed a video for “Gone Too Long”, which we’re premiering here at PopMatters. A departure from the usual heavy blues-driven fare the Answer have become well known for, the band goes for something a little more understated on the acoustic-backed tune, which is sold well yet again by Cormac Neeson, who belts out those vocals in soulful, Glenn Hughes fashion.
When it comes to the RIYL (“recommended if you like”) sections of press releases, you take such publicist hyperbole with a grain of salt. So Atlanta native Sydney Eloise is geared towards fans of Natalie Prass, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley, Fleetwood Mac, and Phil Spector, huh? Thing is, when you hear her new track “Tell Me What I Want to Hear”, from Sydney Eloise and the Palms’ debut album Faces, every single one of those boxes gets checked. Timeless and contemporary, it’s a gorgeous, extraordinarily simple track that utilizes a classic pop formula to perfection, making it sound fresh and vibrant. It deserves to be heard, and we are elated to premiere it here at PopMatters.