Slightly more relaxed and groovy than the biting tracks off 2012’s Tramp, Sharon Van Etten recently dropped “Taking Chances”, the first single off her forthcoming album, Are We There?, due out May 27. Sadly and soulfully, “Taking Chances” doesn’t desert her signature dreamy style, but the song has a slick production quality to it and sharp, yet subtle indie-pop sensibilities. It’s a lot less sparse than usual and quite a bit more atmospheric, which is exciting considering Van Etten is skilled at slight tweaks to her distinct sound. She’ll also be touring extensively throughout the next few months.
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“The Riverbed” is the record’s first single, a throbbing slice of utterly gorgeous orchestral electro intensity. Pallett says the new album “is meant to approach insanity in a positive way, emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity.”
It’s a mellow, chilled-out affair with string section, gentle world beats and subtle electro glitches. Quite lovely.
On 18 March, punkabilly pioneer Dex Romweber releases his eponymous duo’s latest album, Images 13 (Bloodshot). Of Romweber, Jack White has described the former Flat Duo Jets mainstay as an influence and “one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground.” And you can hear that kinship between Romweber and White, not to mention the Black Keys and in-their-prime Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, on Images 13‘s first single, “Roll On”. Premiering here on PopMatters, Dex Romweber Duo’s “Roll On” is gritty and raw, only meticulously so, riding on surf-tinged blues riffs and the frontman’s dramatic, growling vocals.