Taken at face value, the latest single from Blue Heart, the recent EP by Houston artist Doug Locke, can be seen as an effectively seductive and posturing modern R&B jam. After all, that bassline, and that swaggering, Drake-esque persona Locke has going on works incredibly well. Dig a little deeper, though, and you can tell he’s also having a bit of fun, taking the famous Peaches Monroee meme and turning it into something smartly self-referential while at the same time laying down the wickedest crunk groove.
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Reminiscent of that strange time in the 1990s when so many pop punk bands recorded self-referential songs, Gregory Pepper‘s latest single pays tribute to actor/comedian/cult figure Bill Murray in charming fashion. The Guelph, Ontario singer makes as many film references as he can in 104 seconds, from Doctor Venkman to Herman Blume. Best of all, the song is a terrific little blast of power pop.
Loaded with the kind of sparking, massive hooks that will remind many of the more pop-oriented side of the new romantic scene 30 years ago, Patternist‘s new single “New Fashion” is shamelessly wide-eyed. Irresistibly so. The brainchild of Portland musician Gabe Mouer, Patternist is in the process of releasing new tracks from its second EP on a month-by-month basis, with a full release later this year.
When you’re described by esteemed critic Peter Guralnick a combination of John Lee Hooker and William Carlos Williams, and when an artist as great as Lucinda Williams sings high praise about your work, people will notice. Indeed, Kevin Gordon makes awfully good, not to mention literate American music, his skill at the blues and his poetic background making him a distinct voice in today’s roots scene. His new album Long Gone Time will be released next month, but in the meantime you can hear the genial little blues tune “Church on Time” below.