Originally an acoustic project, the Monterey, California duo of Lillie Lemon and Erica Wobbles decided to focus on a more electropop-oriented sound, which resulted in the album /brāk/, which came out early this year. They have a new EP called Aether in the works, and they’ve just released one of its tracks, “California Drifting”, as a new single, which you can hear below.
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Toronto artist Shaw-Ham Liem has been making music as I Am Robot and Proud since the early 2000s, and the prolific electronic musician has a new album coming out this week called Light and Waves. One track in particular, the effervescent “Kira Kira Zig Zag”, is worth noting not only for its gently percolating melody, but the fact that it was written with Liem’s full live band for a change.
New York band East Love have done an excellent job building a very strong following in the Tri-State area, especially via social media. For good reason, too. As you’ll hear on the new track “Unbroken”, from their upcoming debut EP, their smooth combination of pop, rock, folk, and country, caters to the mainstream but never panders. It’s the kind of music that generates a wide audience with its openness and charm, and you can envision East Love expanding beyond their home region sooner than later.
Maia Sharp has had her compositions recorded by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Keb’ Mo’, Trisha Yearwood, and many more, but even more impressive is the body of recorded work she’s amassed on her own as a solo artist. A country/rock songwriter of grace and taste, she has an uncanny knack for subtle, simple poetry and an ear for a tremendous hook, all of which are on display on the title track from her upcoming sixth album The Dash Between the Dates, which will be released 16 October.
Led by founder and multi-instrumentalist Frank Orrall, Poi Dog Pondering have been a mainstay in the Chicago music scene for more than two decades. Featuring a perpetually evolving sound and a revolving collection of contributors, their eclecticism is all part of their charm, and that’s on full display on the ebullient experimental pop of their eighth album Everybody’s Got a Star, which will be released 18 September and can be listened to in its entirety below.
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