It’s an interesting mix of musicians on this lovely New Music Tuesday. There are fresh-faced tween pop stars, experienced balladeers and a newbie who only sounds as though she’s old enough to have seen all of John Hughes‘ films. Let’s see what we’ve got, shall we?
God-des & She — Three (G&S Records)
We’ll have to wait another two days to download the latest release from hip-hop/soul duo (and two of our favorite lady lovers) God-des & She. Song after song is a jam ready to get you on the dancefloor and make it hot. This could be the album to put them on the mainstream map right next to Missy Elliot (take a listen to “Respect My Fresh” and tell me if I’m wrong).
Destry — It Goes On(Paper + Plastick)
Singer Michelle DeRosa has left her group Straylight Run behind and now fronts this twangy slice of Americana. I only just heard of them this morning but I’ve been streaming their first full-length album on Spinner.com all day. There’s something soothing and familiar about their harmonies that puts a smile on my face. “Leave the Lights On” is a great standout track.
Allison Iraheta — Just Like You (RCA/Jive)
I haven’t watched American Idol since the sight of Clay Aiken on my TV screen forced my eyes into a perma-quint. It was today that I discovered Allison Iraheta’s voice and its resemblance to P!nk‘s, which I totally dig. She has a power and wisdom beyond her years. This is a powerhouse of a pop album.
Meg and Dia — Here, Here and Here (Doghouse America Inc.)
My “Adorableness” meter practically exploded upon looking at their pictures and then listening to their music. Give these girls their own show on the CW! The voices of Meg and Dia are so gentle and innocent-sounding, it’s hard to believe lyrics like, “I’ll take your pants, you take my hair, and let’s dance,” are being sung. And yet, they are. For Paramore fans, this one is for you.
Tina Dico — The Road to Gavle (Finest Gramophone)
I’m going to have to book a trip to Denmark in the near future. I’ve found so many wonderful things from there lately &mdsah; Tina being one of them. She’s gorgeous, her songs are overwhelmingly beautiful and I’m a sucker for guitar picking. For fans of Joan as Policewoman, Tracy Chapman and Fleetwood Mac (yes, the group, not just Stevie Nicks), my magic 8 ball says you’ll be a fan of hers, too.
Priscilla Renea — Jukebox (Capitol Records)
Sometimes posting songs to YouTube really works out! This was the case for Priscilla Renea, who got in front of her webcam and suddenly had a following. If you’re a fan of Avril Lavigne, any of the tweener MTV shows and auto-tune, Priscilla’s fresh as a dew drop voice is right up your alley. It’s not something I would personally put into my collection but I know there are at least a handful of you out there who would enjoy it.
Special mentions this week go out to The Bravery, Mr. Hudson, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba (really cool world music, especially if you enjoy Rodrigo y Gabriela). Alright sugarplums, who did I miss?