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INDISPENSABLE NEW MUSIC PICKS

April 2024

Kristine England

Apr 30, 2024

St. Vincent

All Born Screaming

Annie Clark is an American musician/singer who has styled herself as St. Vincent for the last decade. The former member of the Polyphonic Spree has worked with David Byrne, Glenn Branca, and Sufjan Stevens. The mezzo-soprano plays guitar, piano, organ, bass, and theremin. Her persona is distinctly dramatic. Her first self-produced album delivers on the music too, with the Guardian raving that All Born Screaming is “the unmasking of a great American songwriter” in its five-star review.


FEATURED TRACK: “Broken Man”

Kobra Paige

Like No Other

Another artist bringing her dramatic, almost cinematic flair to her latest project is Kobra Paige, who steps out from the Lotus with her debut solo album, Like No Other. A powerhouse vocalist, Paige weaves epic tales that feel like they could be anthems of the Norsemen. The classically trained singer hails from Calgary, Canada.


FEATURED TRACK: “Under One Sun”

Justice

Hyperdrama

French electronica duo Justice is back with their new album, Hyperdrama. Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay certainly take their time when crafting a new offering. This is only the fourth release since their debut, Cross hit in 2007. Thumping bass, heavy synths, and infusions of Tame Impala (who makes an appearance on the featured track) are the order of the day.


FEATURED TRACK: “One Night/All Night”

Joyer

Night Songs

Brothers Shane and Nick Sullivan have released their fifth album as Joyer, a lo-fi affair of changing moods, mostly slow-core tempos (with some more upbeat pop tracks sprinkled in. With vocals firmly in the shoegaze territory throughout, the brothers are joined by Sabrina Nichols, an animator and singer in the brother’s native NYC.


FEATURED TRACK: “Night Song”

Cuffed Up

All You Got

Cuffed Up released its full-length debut, a follow-up to their 2021 EP Asymmetry. The band was founded in 2018 by Joe Liptock and Ralph Torrefranca, eventually adding Christina Apostolopoulos two years ago. A fun and lively collection of tunes, All You Got has been praised by critics for its high production value, something you don’t always get with an indie debut. Indie in the truest sense, the band possesses a DIY attitude that is unstoppable.


FEATURED TRACK: "Mock Dance"

Still Corners

Dream Talk

Tessa Murray and Greg Hughes are Still Corners, and the duo provides plenty of “

Spell-binding vocals and guitar riffs” (Clash). The record takes the listener on a dreamy journey, which is appropriate for two people who met at a train stop. This is Still Corners’ sixth release, and it’s clear that chance meeting was a fruitful one.


FEATURED TRACK: “The Dream”

cruush

Cotton Wool

The four-piece from Manchester, UK makes mesmerizing music with psychedelic guitars and dreamy vocals fully keeping with the shoegaze tradition. Vocalist Amber Warren has explained the featured track “speaks to a fear of not measuring up to expectations and the uncertainty of trying to navigate early adulthood.”


FEATURED TRACK: “Cotton Wool”

Brainstory

Sounds Good

This California trio’s second album treats the listener to a mellow vibe harkening back to classic 70s soul. It’s another band with brothers, Kevin and Tony Martin, with Eric Hagstrom rounding out the group. This sounds like perfect summer jams with smooth vocals and a laid-back sound. Yeah, it Sounds Good!


FEATURED TRACK: “Listen”

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