I’m hoping your Tuesday is going a bit better than mine! It seems as though I am unable to read schedules correctly and got my little brother’s car towed while I was blissfully ignorant and eating pizza last night. Sometimes I am not very bright. It’s a good thing there are a few new music releases today that I can listen to on repeat as I try to navigate public transit in search of the impound.
Jessie Ware — Devotion (Universal Island Records)
(Photo Courtesy of Universal Island Records)
You have probably been aware of Jessie Ware’s seductive vocal abilities through her work with one of my favorite electronic artists, SBTRKT, or perhaps some of her earlier-released singles, but this solo debut will pound her name into your memory with the gentlest of touches.
Devotion straddles the R&B and electronic fences while Ware’s vocals never waver from being the main attraction. This is a solid album front to back and I have the impression it will give you automatic cool points if you happen to be spinning it at your house party. Just ask this little girl – she’s well on her way to becoming one of the coolest kids in the history of kids.
TEEN — In Limbo (Carpark Records)
(Photo by Jeremy Balderson)
This imaginative debut from Brooklyn all-female indie rockers TEEN is like a rare gem whose faces shine a different color to evoke unique musical eras with each song that passes. The ladies have their own sound and it shines through each track regardless of if the song itself takes on more of a New Wave vibe (check out “Better”) or 60’s-era girl group ballad vibe (check out “Charlie”). I am going to play the shit out of this and you can too since it’s streaming in full on their Soundcloud page.
Alanis Morissette — havoc and bright lights (Collective Sounds)
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Oh Alanis! You and I have been through a lot together. I still can’t believe Dave Coulier was the asshole ex of yours who “You Oughtta Know” was about. That being said, I can’t believe my ex is someone I could write equally angry (though less musically-poetic) songs about. Enough about that though, let’s talk about this new album. I can’t lie, I haven’t listened to much of Alaniss newer music post-Jagged Little Pill with the exception of the live single version of “Uninvited.” havoc and bright lights seems to show a completely different side of Ms. Morissette. Actually, let’s make that multiple sides. There is a lot going on here and I can’t seem to get used to it as I sit here on my third or fourth listen. It’s not that this is a bad album or that it’s difficult to listen to, it’s just that a tug of war is going on inside my brain and the emotions the songs seem to be bringing up. Take a listen for yourself over at Spinner and let me know what you think.
Music Extras: Sami Grisafe is not only the quarterback for the Chicago Force football team, she also happens to be an incredibly talented musician. Two of the songs from her latest album release, Atlantis, are being nominated for Grammys and I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you. While I don’t usually gravitate towards the country-sounding side of things, “Two of Hearts” has the same great fun appeal as “Redneck Woman” does. Infectious, fun and harmonica-playing legend, Sugar Blue, lends his skills to the mix. If there were a song that could capture Sami’s personality and spirit, I’d say it’s this one.
Check out this icy and beautiful new video from Johanna and the Dusty Floor for “Fishbones.”
Lianne La Havas just put out a cute and fun video for her song “Forget,” from her recently released must-have album, Is Your Love Big Enough.
Watch Deep Time‘s (formerly Yellow Fever) video for “Gold Rush,” in which ghosts have a day to play and head to the beach for some fun in the sun and make a fool out of YOLO.
Also grab a free download of their jam “Clouds.”
That’s all for this week my friends. I’ve got to go see a guy about a car and hope they will take some mercy on me. Until next week’s round, feel free to holla at me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook or send good vibes via magical powers to help get the car out.