Well hello there! I can’t think of anything clever to say, so instead I will go back to drinking my coffee while I present you with today’s new music and wait for Trish to IM me with more links to Coco’s Twitter tips.
Marissa Nadler — Marissa Nadler (Box of Cedar)
The slow, beautifully haunting voice of Marissa Nadler reminds me a bit of Mazzy Star but with a more mature tone. While the sad country overtones of the album are abundant, there is something oddly comforting in all the gloom. Save the beauty of listening to this album for when you’re feeling introspective.
Ledisi — Pieces of Me (The Verve Music Group)
Ledisi brings a great blend of old school R&B, funk, jazz and soul into this album. Kick back with a glass of wine and maybe treat yourself to a bubble bath while listening to the title track.
Jackie Evancho — Dream With Me (SYCO/Columbia)
I’m just gonna come out and say it because I can’t pretend it’s not true: kids with voices like this scare me. Even if it’s not really true, it makes me think her vocal chords were given the Toddlers & Tiaras treatment, we just can’t see it. There’s no denying this 11-year-old has an incredible voice. She came in second place on America’s Got Talent in 2010 and I’m happy she’s able to sell an album of cover songs, it’s just not for me.
Madeleine Peyroux — Standing on the Rooftop (Pennywell Productions)
For folk fans who also enjoy some old school jazz vocalists this is a great find. Peyroux’s voice reminds me a bit of Billie Holiday but also very much Dark Dark Dark frontwoman Nona Marie Invie. This is the more grim side of folk music — kind of like a Sam Shepard play. And I kind of really dig it.
Christina Grimmie — Find Me (Christina Grimmie)
Apparently the young Ms. Grimmie is a YouTube sensation who has gotten enough of a following to put out an album! MySpace seems to be having issues today but what I’ve heard of her via YouTube and Facebook has been pretty good! Seems like she puts out some fun pop dance music ready for the Top 40 stations.
Honorable Mentions: Light Asylum, Jon Anderson (of Yes), Marc Broussard, Black Veil Brides, The Deer Hunter, John Gold, Barry Manilow, Junior Boys, Ziggy Marley, Pat Metheny, Owl City, The Woods, Vetiver, J. Period & Q-Tip and The Beatles (why do we keep needing more Beatles albums?).