Lidell says, “Big Love” gets inflation from some heavy hitters for a thick slab of limited hot pink vinyl flame. Here come the warm jets as Machine Drum and Jimmy Edgar both take the big gloves off and fight dirty with the rambunctious bum punching styles. Rump, ripple and the hard shakes guaranteed.
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On Light Up Your Lantern, Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Lynx comes up with a new album that’s steeped in tradition at the same time it advances homespun innovation. Premiering here on PopMatters, Light Up Your Lantern evokes the immediacy of guitar-based folk music, only given more scale and texture with electronic elements that add depth and energy. It’s a play of contrasts that works well, as Lynx takes a familiar, time-tested approach and updates it with a sense of flair that’s current and vital.
How much are we to blame? Let Shilpa Ray put this question into musical form with tart lyrical observations (“we never thanked her after we gang-banged her”) and trademark harmonium (accompanied quite nicely here by a pedal steel guitar).
“O Sweet Joe Pye” may have little company in the field of songs that are odes to weeds, but this makes the tune all the more stunning. Artists continue to use Motown motifs to varying effects, but its employment here gives the song additional layers. The good-natured, invigorating feel of the music gives Pascal’s memories of growing up in a decaying Detroit a sugar-coating that’s wholly satisfying if a little addictive.
I’ve listened to “O Sweet Joe Pye” three times today, and could easily go for three more this afternoon.
No, that doesn’t mean they sound like Yaz. Easy Lover‘s sound can be both far sparer and more orchestral in a single song. Multi-instrumentalist Wimmer explains” “We learned that in a duo, you have learn how to construct a song so that the music can feel like it has weight and depth. It took awhile, but with Kali’s huge vocals and some experimenting with composition, we ultimately found it.” Dig in an enjoy the band’s new EP releasing next week and here’s hoping a full-length won’t be far behind.
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