Southern singer-songwriter Nate Currin writes poetic, plain-spoken, emotionally charged songs that are deeply affecting. Currin is also a master at creating atmosphere in his music and he’s equally comfortable rocking the house on songs like “Midnight Train” and slowing things down for a stunningly beautiful ballad like “A Madman and a Poet”.
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Canadian garage poppers JPNSGRLS are back with their first new song since their debut album, Circulation, back in 2014. Their sophomore album will release in the summer and this is the first taste of the band’s new music and it’s a great one. “Bully For You” is a feminist song and an empathetic expression of male sympathy over the every day misogyny that women must face. The lyricist, Charlie Kerr, was inspired by the personal life-experiences of “his many awesome, outspoken and inspiring female friends” and the desire to “be on the right side of history” as an ally to all women.
Indie folk singer-songwriter Kyle Britton writes about the dark depths of the soul in a compelling and self-confessional manner. Folk music is all about honesty, engaging stories and music standing for something. It may sound pretty, but there’s always lyrical material to rouse the emotions. Britton’s latest single “Villain” may as well be a case study for all of the qualities previously mentioned. In the tune, Britton dissects a relationship gone wrong with biting realism and emotional honesty. Meanwhile he’s backed up by seasoned Los Angeles musicians who have worked for the likes of Daniel Lanois, Macy Gray, Elle King, and Dave Matthews Band. Of the song, Britton says that “everybody has that voice in their heads which temps them towards less than favorable choices. I wrote this song as a warning that I, at the time, was letting that voice control everything I did.”
Emmanuel Elone: From the 64-bit video game sound effect that defines the track to the off-kilter vocal melodies and random percussion flourishes thrown in, I shouldn’t like this song as much as I do. However, there’s something almost magical and beautiful about the way the instrumentation flows and the way the vocals weave through it seamlessly, making “Eggshell” gorgeous in a strange way. The lyrics don’t disappoint either, with enough detail to interest me but vague enough to make some sort of profound sentiment as well. Overall, “Eggshell” is a fantastic song, and one what should be not be skipped over simply because it’s one of the stranger tracks this month. [9/10]