In addition to being a singer-songwriter, Nesta! (exclamation point intentional) is a wellness coach, surfer, entrepreneur, and creator of the Let Love Rule Animal Rescue in Santa Monica, California. She’s so busy being a cool renaissance woman that you’d think that’d be enough, but you can add EDM artist to her list of accomplishments as well, as she’s set to release her new album Surrender on 6 October.
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For the past six years the trio of Joan Shelley, Julia Purcell, and Cheyenne Mize have explored traditional Kentucky and Appalachian music. However, while they continue to delve into early American folk on their new album Wolvering draws much inspiration, from the remote Michigan town of the same name, where it was recorded.
The emergence of Brittany Howard has served as a very welcome reminder that African American women can absolutely slay at blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll, and one good thing that can come of it is that it could very well serve as a gateway for other young artists to make their mark, too. Raised in North Carolina and based in New Orleans, Nikki Hill channels Muscle Shoals-era Rolling Stones on her scorching tune “(Let Me Tell You Bout) LUV”, which is from her new album Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, which comes out on 16 October. A Southern soul belter who loves a good riff and bawdy lyrics, her primary influences are Little Richard and Bon Scott, and you feel it on this track. This is a talent not to be ignored. Hell, she packs so much power, she’ll never let you.
Fitting somewhere between Suicide, Tangerine Dream, and Giorgio Moroder, Dallas trio Nervous Curtains excel at creating uncomfortable yet compelling post-punk utilizing only synths and drums. In the wake of a quiet 2014 that saw member Sean Kirkpatrick play keyboards on Swans’ monumental album To Be Kind the band is back with Con, their third album. Produced by Daron Beck of the great, similar-minded duo Pinkish Black, the new record fuses experimentation, vintage sounds, and strong melody, yielding a piece of work of unrelenting tension yet remaining accessible all the while.
Australian singer/songwriter Marta Pacek released her album Voodoo Dolls & False Alarms last year, but has recently started a promotional push to get her work noticed in America and elsewhere with a series of well-crafted videos. Her latest is a clip for her latest single, the haunting and thoughtful song “Atheist Prayer”. It’s one of the best moments on the record, so it’s good to see it given some deserved attention.
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