Brooklyn trio Tuff Sunshine are set to release their new album Fire in the Hero Building on 31 October, and as a great little teaser they’ve just put out the catchy “Dreamin’”. With its sunny blend of rustic rock ‘n’ roll, powerpop hooks, and nicely timed Moog synth, there’s an undeniable resemblance to Wilco’s Summerteeth, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
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Evanston, Illinois native and New York-based singer-songwriter Lexi Scherr excels at the kind of dynamic, bombastic, symphonic indie rock similar to Bat For Lashes and Florence & the Machine, and as you can here on her brand new single “Not the Kind” she’s well on her way to finding her own voice. In and out like a shot in two and a half minutes, it lulls you and jolts you, the chorus bursting with layers of sound.
Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Kirsten Izer is the kind of young indie musician that Gen-Xers wish there were more of these days. The New Jersey native plays the kind of loud, distorted indie pop that was commonplace 20 years ago, where fuzzed-out guitars mesh impeccably with effervescent melodies.
Unlike 99 percent of Canadians, Jenny Ritter was actually raised in a log cabin, but she’s far from a Canadian cliché. Raised by artistic parents—one an opera singer, the other a ballerina—she’s gone on to pursue a career in the arts herself, namely as a folk singer-songwriter. Her new album raised By Wolves will be released on 4 September, and as you hear on the new track “Been So Kind”, she’s open to bringing in a little more of a rock influence as well, for some well-executed dynamics.
Chris Gerard: This fantastic cover of the gospel/blues standard by Fred McDowell first appeared in 2011 on the Mojo Magazine curated Sticky Soul Fingers, an R&B tribute to the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album. The recording is getting another lease on life as part of the upcoming Daptone Gold II compilation, and it’s great that more people will have the opportunity to hear it. Naomi Shelton is a national treasure that too few people know about. Her deeply soulful voice captures the essence of the song, and the funky retro accompaniment is tight and groovin’. Daptone Records usually delivers the goods, and this is no exception. [9/10]