One of the many great bands from legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun, the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience put out three albums between 1986 and 1993. Idiosyncratic yet fitting in snugly with the burgeoning indie rock in America and the UK at the time, the band’s unique work has been collected, remastered, and repackaged in a terrific set called I Like Rain: The Story of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, which features not only all three albums but a bevy of bonus tracks as well.
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Led by singer/clarinetist/washboard player Jess Eliot Myhre and guitarist Chris Ousley, Baltimore’s Bumper Jacksons evoke a bygone era of American music, integrating early jazz, bluegrass, blues, swing, and folk into a raucous, all-inclusive hybrid that sounds as loud and energetic as it had to have sounded decades and decades ago. Their latest album Too Big World comes out this week, and the gritty cover of the old American gospel song “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” is a great indication of what to expect.
Seattle sludge/doom trio Serial Hawk are set to release their debut full-length Searching For Light in a couple months, and as you can hear on the nine-minute track “Desolate’, it’s the sort of relentless yet hypnotic form of heavy music in the great tradition of Neurosis. Power and contemplation melded into one colossal whole, a track that swings as much as it stomps.
After an extended stint as back-up singer on Miley Cyrus’s recent world tour, Nashville singer-songwriter Dani Elliott has kickstarted her solo career with her debut EP The Best Part. A part of the new generation of Nashville artists who venture well beyond the parameters of mainstream country while still acknowledging their heritage, Elliott’s music is contemporary and old-fashioned at the same time, which is nicely on display on the shimmering new single “Sinner”. Adorned with chillwave synths and a strong R&B influence, there’s still that rustic, Southern influence underneath it all. Featuring Elliott’s sumptuous vocal work, “Sinner” has great crossover appeal, and deserves to be heard.
Born in Miami, raised in Buenos Aires, and now based in New York City, Alejandro Meola first made a name for himself with four Spanish-language releases. Now with a broader audience in his sights he’s just released First Impressions, his debut English-language release. Backed by his band Robinsones, Meola’s introspective character sketches are given a well-rounded sound that melds, blues, rock, and even reggae. Stream First Impressions in its entirety below.