After an extended stint as back-up singer on Miley Cyrus’s recent world tour, Nashville singer-songwriter Dani Elliott has kickstarted her solo career with her debut EP The Best Part. A part of the new generation of Nashville artists who venture well beyond the parameters of mainstream country while still acknowledging their heritage, Elliott’s music is contemporary and old-fashioned at the same time, which is nicely on display on the shimmering new single “Sinner”. Adorned with chillwave synths and a strong R&B influence, there’s still that rustic, Southern influence underneath it all. Featuring Elliott’s sumptuous vocal work, “Sinner” has great crossover appeal, and deserves to be heard.
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Born in Miami, raised in Buenos Aires, and now based in New York City, Alejandro Meola first made a name for himself with four Spanish-language releases. Now with a broader audience in his sights he’s just released First Impressions, his debut English-language release. Backed by his band Robinsones, Meola’s introspective character sketches are given a well-rounded sound that melds, blues, rock, and even reggae. Stream First Impressions in its entirety below.
Brooklyn weirdos Harvey Eyeballs usually play the kind of tunes that could qualify as outsider music, but in their best work lies a deceivingly smart musical sensibility. Take “Hopeless Breakup Song” from their forthcoming album Whole ‘Nuther Record, for instance. At first it sounds like they’re taking the piss out of early ‘60s pop, but the more the raggedy track goes on, the more you begin to sense a little soul, a little grace reminiscent of Lambchop in their prime. It’s a good little tearjerker, and should be enough to compel you to investigate this enigmatic band further.
Wavves fifth record, called V, will release 2 October via Ghost Ramp / Warner Bros. and has been produced by Woody Jackson. The group describes the new album as more of a team effort with Stephen Pope and Alex Gates contributing to the songwriting alongside Wavves-frontman Nathan Williams. Check out the new music as Wavves begins touring their new music 8 September.
Recorded in the home of band leaders Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples, the latest album by Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake has lofty ambitions sonically, taking great inspiration from such Canadian acts as Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene. However, the aptly titled Marriage remains refreshingly grounded throughout, the band’s lavish orchestral pop meshing with exuberant new wave influences. A fine example is the late-album track “Hold Hand for Dry Land”, which locks itself into a mighty groove, Moog synths and fun vocal “whoo”s accentuating that lively mood.
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