SONDRE LERCHE. If Jens Lekman and Badly Drawn Boy had a baby.
Sondre Lerche’s first album was released in 2001 yet unfortunately I hadn’t heard of him until his latest single Bad Law was recently released. I gotta tell you, its the perfect mix of folk and pop. His 2011 self titled release has been on repeat since I found him. Very much looking forward to the new album, scheduled to be released September of this year. Keep your ear to the ground for this one!
KISHI BASHI. If Passion Pit, Andrew Bird and a young Paul McCartney had a baby.
I was not hip to this guy until I heard that Busman’s Holiday was going on tour with them. So I checked him out and immediately bought his latest release, Lighght. It is a fantastically orchestrated album. It has a danceable Passion Pit feel at times, the layered strings of Andrew Bird and in songs like “Q&A,” even a young Paul McCartney-esque voice. Definitely worth a listen.
DELETED SCENES. If Anathallo, Efterklang and Dismemberment Plan had a baby.
This Washington D.C. band just released their third full length album on April 15th. I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t grab me at first BUT it has become what I refer to as a “grower”. Give it a couple listens and these songs will start reaching out to you.
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES. If Al Green and the Alabama Shakes had a baby.
If you haven’t heard the buzz around this band by now, you may not be listening hard enough. With the soul of Al Green and the live grit of the Alabama Shakes, Paul Janeway and his Broken Bones have the ability to take you somewhere else. Somewhere in the late 1960’s. This has been a highly anticipated album. Upon first listen, they did not disappoint. This is a solid album that you should own. Period.
JASMIN KASET. If Dawn Landes and Wye Oak had a baby.
Today I listened to Jasmin Kaset’s new album roughly 5 times, back to back. Each time I fell in love with a different song off the album. It’s title is Quiet Machine and those two little words almost perfectly describe this album. She inherited catchy, iTunes commercial friendly melodies from her hypothetical mother Dawns Landes and borderline dark and desperate lyrics from her hypothetical father, Wye Oak. Jasmin Kaset can write indie folk songs like the best of them. You are going to want to listen to this beautifully crafted album. Order it now, via her website below, for a mere $7 (that’s less than a dollar a song!) or get the limited edition 12” vinyl for $10 (that’s less than a dollar an inch!).
*NASHVILLE! Jasmin’s record release show is TOMORROW, January 31 at The Basement. w/ Rayland Baxter and Ponychase. $5 cover or $10 gets you in plus a copy of the new album on vinyl (Umm yes please). See you there.