Formed in 2013, Los Angeles trio the Battlefield specialize in a sumptuous blend of folk, Americana, classic country, and the adult contemporary side of pop music. And even a little ragtime. Lively, rustic, and soulful, Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver, and James Addison trade lead vocals and serve up rich harmonies on their debut album Tipping Point, which we premiere in its entirety today.
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When it comes to the RIYL (“recommended if you like”) sections of press releases, you take such publicist hyperbole with a grain of salt. So Atlanta native Sydney Eloise is geared towards fans of Natalie Prass, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley, Fleetwood Mac, and Phil Spector, huh? Thing is, when you hear her new track “Tell Me What I Want to Hear”, from Sydney Eloise and the Palms’ debut album Faces, every single one of those boxes gets checked. Timeless and contemporary, it’s a gorgeous, extraordinarily simple track that utilizes a classic pop formula to perfection, making it sound fresh and vibrant. It deserves to be heard, and we are elated to premiere it here at PopMatters.
Formed not long after Leo London was tracking piano for Michael Finn at a Portland studio, the Domestics are built around the dynamic the two musicians bring, not only on an instrumental level, but lyrically and vocally as well. The two dig deep into their own troubled past – London’s drug-addicted parents, Finn’s battles with mental illness – to create something both cathartic and uplifting. The lilting “Wait Forever” is a beautiful example, its melancholy masqueraded by its gentle indie pop, and we’re glad to premiere it at PopMatters.
Citing such bands as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Mountain Goats as major influences, Brooklyn quintet Three Thousand Rivers taps into Americana, funk, jazz, and African music on their forthcoming EP Body Aha. Listening to the track “Gut”, which we’re glad to premiere, you might wonder just how big an XTC influence looms over this band, because the similarity is uncanny on this ebullient song.
When he’s not performing behind former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and serving as the Cult’s ninth bass player overall, Chris Wyse works on his own project, the hard rock outfit Owl. Owl’s third album Things You Can’t See comes out in a few weeks, and in advance of its release we’re pleased to premiere the new track “Star Up”. With its distinct swing the thunderous tune feels more glam rock than modern heavy rock, a welcome respite from the plodding post-grunge sound that has plagued hard rock for the past 20 years.