Former Yazoo member (or, for legal reasons in the US, Yaz) and stunning contralto Alison Moyet released her first studio LP, Alf, thirty years ago. Like any great artist, she hasn’t stopped committing herself to her craft since then. Best of all, it’s as if she hasn’t aged a day since then; her 2013 LP the minutes received some of the best press of her career. Following a world tour for the music of the minutes, Moyet has prepared a live album capturing that tour in action. Below you can stream “All Cried Out”, a track from Alf, reimagined for Moyet’s 2013 tour.
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Following his 2012 debut LP I Am the Man You Know I’m Not, Texas songwriter Ronnie Fauss just released his followup to that record, titled Built to Break. Below you can stream “The Big Catch”, a track that Fauss views as critical to the album, calling it the music’s “emotional anchor”. Lyrically, “The Big Catch” examines the effects divorce has on children. As Fauss clarifies, though, this does not stem from anything happening in his life: It’s an interesting thing to explain at home: ‘I’m really happy; we’re all good. This is just a song I wrote.” However, he does add, “I think there’s a little bit of truth and a little bit of fiction in every single one of my songs.” Fauss’ wise words here bring to mind one of the great truths of songwriting; as Warren Zevon put it, “In the songwriting business, there isn’t a section for fiction and non-fiction. It’s all mixed together.”
Right from the minute you first lay eyes on its sleeve art, Taste for Blood intrigues. The name of the album by the Seattle-based Smokey Brights suggests a vampiric theme running throughout the music, but lyrically this is miles from Twilight and its ilk. Like the music of Taste for Blood, the lyrics here are enigmatic and complex. The title track finds the band singing, “I remember / We could read the wind like braille”. Such complex imagery is matched splendidly by the music, which spans a whole gamut of sonic styles, from indie (the catchy title cut) to folk (“West Texas Vampyre”) to blue-eyed soul (“If I Can’t Change Your Mind”). It’s the kind of listen that sidesteps every expectation you could have of it.
You know those epic, sweeping strings and plodding horn sections that make video game trailers so grandiose? Well, the folks responsible for those trailers aren’t just culling Hans Zimmer B-sides; production houses like audiomachine in fact spend a great deal of time creating compositions that bolster trailer footage in an intense way. Now, with audiomachine: Remixed, 18 of the company’s songs are being remixed by a variety of different artists. The talented and young (born in 1996) musician Cole Plante took the helm for a remix of “Phoenix Rising”, a track previously heard in trailers for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.
Astrid’s Tea Party is an appropriately British name for a band hailing from the United Kingdom coastal city of Brighton. However, don’t let the name fool you: Astrid’s Tea Party isn’t all social niceties and delicate china. The danceable beats and high energy of the group’s latest single, “What’s in It For Me?”, are more liable to shatter teacups than serve as background music. As this first single attests, this young quartet has lyrical charm and smarts to match its pop energy, which should prove valuable assets as it readies its first EP, which at the moment is set to be released sometime in 2015.
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