Denver musician Lara Ruggles will be releasing her new album Cynics & Saints on 2 October, and as you can hear on her stunning track “The Dove”, the 29-year-old combines Americana and lavish 1970s Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter fare with the confidence of a master. What starts off as a mournful blues dirge morphs into a gorgeous piece worthy of Carole King, and it leaves you craving to hear what the rest of the new record will be like.
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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.
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.