Crossley Hunter’s musical influences might skew towards ‘90s alternative rock—the Ontario, Canada band lists Third Eye Blind, Our Lady Peace, Matthew Good among them—but underneath it all is a strong rustic sensibility too, as if Crazy Horse, Magnolia Electric Co., and Wilco have crept into the music as well. Whomever the influence, the six-piece’s new song “Burning Bright” is an affable combination of boisterous, mainstream-friendly rock and subtle Americana, one we’re glad to premiere here.
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Best known as the frontman for longtime PopMatters favorites Backyard Tire Fire, Edward David Anderson released his debut solo album Lies & Wishes a year ago, and is set to put out the follow-up, entitled Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions. In advance of the record’s fall release, we’re pleased to premiere the lively ballad “Jimmy & Bob & Jack”, a murky little tale of a liquor store robbery gone haywire.
A former guitarist in ‘00s alt-rock band Until June, Dan Ballard set off on his own, launching a project called My Dead Air, which yielded the self-titled debut album in 2011. Four years later he’s back with a new album The Thief Who Knows My Name ready to come out this summer, led by a sumptuous slice of ‘70s AM radio pop in the form of the single “Holding On”, which we’re pleased to premiere today.
Written in Hawaii and recorded in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Trevor Hall’s forthcoming album Kala marks the completion of a trilogy of albums that, according to Hall, chronicles the musical journey he’s taken over the past several years. As his new track “To Zion” shows, his fascination with meditative themes, gentle, surf-inspired folk, reggae, and Sanskrit chanting remains as strong as ever. It’s a graceful amalgam of styles by a musician who loves to embrace the music of the world. There are no genre boundaries for Hall, and that freedom permeates “To Zion”.
Billing themselves as “casino trash”, trio Marion Walker play fittingly gritty garage rock with serious psychedelic undertones. In other words, it’s riff rawk that never hesitates to wander away from aggression to meditative passages, be they early-‘70s doom jams, screaming guitar solos, or both. At a scant 11 minutes, the new Serious Picnic EP might seem short, but it’s actually a finely orchestrated stoner suite that echoes everything from Blue Cheer, to Cream, to the Velvet Underground. It’s a pleasantly hazy-sounding experience, and one we’re glad to premiere.
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