New Zealand native Geoff Ong recently took to studying music at the prestigious Berkelee College of Music in Boston, where he recently held a pre-release party for his newest EP, The Boston. Below, you can stream a track off of the EP, the neo-soul inflected “The Last Song I’ll Ever Write About You”. While a big breakup may be hard to get over, Ong sounds like he truly is writing the last song he’ll write about a past love of his, as evidenced by the buoyant mood of the songwriting.
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On his forthcoming ninth studio LP, Hard to See Trouble Coming, Camper Van Beethoven co-founder Victor Krummenacher explores “such heady subjects as love gone wrong, burnt out friends, enduring love, drunkenness, paranoia, dogs, spaceships, Jacqui McShee, Tennessee Williams and the genius of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.” That description more than hints that the album has a lot of things to get a listener thinking. For now, however, Krummenacher has made available the LP cut “If I Could Only Close My Eyes”, a relaxed country number with tasteful accents of mandolin and steel guitar.
The New Jersey band Wyland has had a fine 2014 so far. In May, the group won the Break Contest in its home state. CMJ also spoke highly of the band in its premiere of the track “Wait”: “Wyland have an instantly digestible sound that will only alienate people who dislike the simplicity of a good ol’ pop-rock bender.” Now you can stream the band’s newest tune, “Shine”, a song that brings to mind the anthemic stylings and pop affability of Coldplay.
In choosing someone to remix their music, Cape Town, South Africa’s the Plastics chose to keep it within their native borders, landing on the talented producer SWMMNG (the artistic name of Sean Ross), who also lives from Cape Town. The choice is a smart one, as you can clearly hear in SWMMNG’s remix of “All I Really Want”, which you can stream below.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana rockers that call themselves James and the Drifters have already accomplished a lot of recording in 2014. In August the band released its newest studio affair, All That Gold, and have continued in their regular practice of extensive touring, spanning bars to charity events. The group’s latest music video, for the All That Gold track “Foxtrot”, captures the convivial relationships between these musicians that allow them to keep the creative drive running. With a rock edge not unlike that of My Morning Jacket and vocals that bring to mind folk revivalists like Mumford and Sons, “Foxtrot” is a fine snapshot of James and the Drifters in 2014.
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