Shelbi Bennett is a mesmerizing frontwoman with her moving, commanding voice that draws the listener right into the Midnight Pine‘s delicious stew of psych, soul, and folk. On “Vice”, slinky guitar lines, Stax-style horns intertwine among Bennett’s bluesy, velvet vocals. The group will release their third album, The Midnight Pine, on October 7th via the Redwoods Music and they have a special album release show scheduled for October 5th in Los Angeles at the Satellite.
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Adriane Pontecorvo: Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century and puts a modern twist on some Flashdance moves. That strong retro feel holds the song together, elevating it while Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone sing up a thunderstorm. Keeping those vocals at a minimal serves the song well, giving them a few climactic moments without forcing them to try and overshadow the classic samples, which have much more staying power and a far greater ability to hook the listener. A quick, well-constructed single that moves quickly and takes its cues from the best part of each decade it touches. [8/10]
Brooklyn’s David Nagler has gathered together an amazing group of musicians—Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford—to record a tribute to legendary poet Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. The set is a beautiful tribute to one of America’s foremost poets whose words seem to naturally suggest musical accompaniment. The song cycle of 16 poems includes this take on “Chicago”, which the Atlantic recently premiered in audio and which we now share with you in video form.
If “Drunks” is any indication, Americana/pop duo Johnnyswim has a thrilling new album, Georgica Pond, releasing on October 14th. The song begins with a gentle acoustic hum that builds slowly and organically into a rousing anthem. The harmonies are gorgeous and the background vocals grow into a stunning choral-like backdrop. It’s affecting and moving.
Adriane Pontecorvo: Five years after the White Stripes’ heartbreaking end, “City Lights” is a melancholy echo of what was. Jack White’s distinctive voice cracks over sparse, lovely guitar twangs, sounding like a late autumn chill. It’s a gem, but an unpolished one, beautiful for all its rough edges and the time it’s spent buried. Michel Gondry takes an intimate, minimalist approach to his surprise video, fitting for such a bare-bones song. A bittersweet hymn for fans of the White Stripes who need a real chance to mourn, and a simple, soothing acoustic piece no matter who you are. [9/10]
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