After making a name for herself as a finalist on season 11 of American Idol, Elise Testone quickly, and smartly distanced herself from the machinery of that whole process, self-producing her debut album in This Life last year. Today she takes the next step, and its a significant one, releasing the excellent new single “Now”, which evokes the sultry soul of the 1970s and ‘80s: sophisticated, sexy, glossy, with the right hint of a harder edge to show a sly sense of menace underneath such refinement.
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The New Jersey duo of Brandon Asraf and John Tacon have just put out a new EP called Dropped, a wickedly intense, searing slice of indie rock, one that displays a darker, more sinister side than most indie that comes out these days. There are no playful Afrobeats here. Nope, something more sinister lurks underneath, and that’s exactly what you learn when you see the incredible new video for the track “Brighter Than the Sun”. Vividly, brutally shot and beautifully presented, it’s a brilliant little short that commands your attention from the get-go.
If you’re not familiar with Brooklyn’s Miracles of Modern Science, they ingeniously create pop music using non-pop instrumentation. Instead of synths, turntables, and guitar the band uses violin, cello, mandolin, double bass, and drums. Additionally, they love to toss pop music songwriting clichés out the window too, cleverly creating a sound that feels strange and one of a kind, tot he point where you can easily call them classical rock, yet so smartly accessible and fun. It’s high time they were acknowledged as innovators in pop music, and their new album Mean Dreams should convince more listeners of the same.
Paul Duffus: Now this is fun. “The Yabba” comes at you like a seven-foot samurai doing a war dance (Samurai didn’t do war dances? Well just go with it…), like a seven foot samurai doing a war dance in full battle dress, creeping closer and closer with each stuttering step. You know what’s coming. He’s going to tear your face off at some point and you’re just waiting for it to happen. You know the drill. “The Yabba” starts with squeaks and squelches akin to mangled radar pings; the splurge gets more and more distorted; all the pieces assemble; drums kick the door down; and guitars rush in after, guns drawn. You get the idea and you know what’s approaching but you can’t resist. And of course with Battles there’s the usual obnoxiously goddamn brilliant playing from all concerned. A big imposing beast of a track. [9/10]
Nearly a year and a half after the release of their breakthrough debut album Turn the People, Australian band Monks of Mellonwah are set to release a seven-track EP called Disconnect this month. In keeping with their appealing, stadium-friendly style, new single “Show Me Something More” is equal parts bombast and sensitivity, not to mention a lot smarter than a lot of people will give a mainstream rock band credit for.
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