After fronting the band Joe Buck Jr. for a decade, Rob Williams has set off on his own as a solo artist, and his new album Southern FMwill be released on 14 December. As you can tell by the minimal acoustic arrangement of “Sometimes It’s a Song”, he’s stepped into the role as singer-songwriter-troubadour comfortably, as the song’s laid-back lonesome romanticism is too sweet to dislike.
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Spanish musician Sau Poler, who has released work under the moniker Pablie, has just released his final album as Pablie. B Sides might hint at being a “leftovers” album, but in actuality it’s a wonderful coda to Pablie’s body of work, in which instrumental hip hop is taken into a more organic direction, incorporating jazz and Spanish sounds, evoking the romantic, laid-back landscape of Poler’s home all the while.
Listening to the debut album by French band Sunder, the most obvious signpost isn’t an older band like Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, or Uriah Heep, but rather new band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. The same swing, the same reliance on ‘60’s accouterments like Farfisa and mellotron, the same dark lyrical themes. However, what sets Sunder apart from Uncle Acid and other practitioners of occult/psychedelic heavy rock is the singing, which eschews detachment in favor of genuine emotion. When Julien Merét belts out his lead vocals, you feel it.
Evan Sawdey: Oh, this is a wonderful piano-bounce that recalls the soul-pop singles sound of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. In the pocket. Sleek. Inoffensive in the best of ways. Also, tapping in that strange allure of how Jessie Ware just nails her guest spots each and every time. But what drink shall I sip while listening to it with sunglasses on? Your recommendations, please. [7/10]
Blending jazz, math rock, progressive rock, electronic, and aspects of classical music, Brighton instrumental band Calico come across as a combination of Jaga Jazzist and Battles, but with enough of a contemplative quality that keeps the music reined in. Discipline in such a stylistically diverse young band is a rarity, but Calico pull if off with aplomb on their new EP.
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