Australian progressive instrumental heavy rock band We Lost the Sea are set to release their new album Departure Songs on 27 November via Translation Loss Records (pre-order here). The sextet have an incredible knack for creating a cinematic effect with their compositions, and as the heart-wrenching “A Gallant Gentleman” illustrates, they can tell a story without words quite brilliantly.
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Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist Jeff Ryan has worked with St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Jaffe, and many more, but his project Myopic deserves notice, as his beautiful new track proves. Lifted from his upcoming release Two Pieces, which will come out on 11 December, “Playground” was recorded in one take in the playground of the school Ryan’s children attend.
Italian singer-songwriter Lili N has a fascinating back story. From the age of five she was a voice-over actress, serving as the Italian voice of such movie characters as Cindy Lou Who, Lilo, and Chronicles of Narnia‘s Lucy. After working extensively in the movie industry—she and her mother were Danny Devito’s dubbing coaches for The Lorax—she has since enrolled in the Beklee College of Music and is now set to release her steamy new R&B single “One”. Color us impressed.
How New England singer-songwriter Julie Rhodes was discovered is a great story. Artist Jonah Tolchin heard her singing along to one of his songs during his performance, they talked after the show, and soon after he was co-producing her debut album at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Not only that, but Bound to Meet the Devil, which comes out on 26 February, features guest appearances by Spooner Oldham, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, and Greg Leisz. For all the talent helping out on the record, this thing is all about Rhodes, who makes her presence know immediately on the opening cut “In Your Garden”, which can be heard below.