On this week’s roundup…
Leif Vollebekk – All Night Sedans
Mr. Vollebekk’s new record, Twin Solitude, is bluesy, soulful, peaceful, forlorn yet confident, and just overall incredible.
Pokey LaFarge – Riot in the Streets
Pokey LaFarge continues his one-man mission to prove that yes, in fact, they do still make music like they used to. And that music can be very good.
Manic Revelations is due out 5/19.
RIYL: doo-wop, Richie Valens, good music, Back to the Future
William Matheny & the Strange Constellations – Living Half to Death
Judging by the oxford button-up, the accountant’s glasses, and the smart, smarmy lyrics about hard living and soft drugs, it would be understandable to mistake the song below for a new Hold Steady single.
And coming from someone who considers Boys & Girls in America to be one of the 50 greatest rock albums of all time, that comparison is intended as high praise.
Strange Constellations is out now.
Morgan James – Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)
Four soulful voices, a piano, and some nominal drums.
This works. This works every time.
alt-J – 3WW
Britain’s favorite weirdo indie rock trio keep things mellow, catchy, and suitably off-kilter on this new single.
Their third full-length record, Relaxer, is due 6/9.
Until next week, cheers . . .