After a week off, the Music Lab is back with five tracks for your evaluation. Give ’em a listen and leave any comments you have below.
1. Foxwarren, Everything Apart
RIYL: Small-town prairie rock
Ever been to Foxwarren, Manitoba? I have. If you follow the Yellowhead Highway, it’s northeast of Birtle on your way to Binscarth in the western part of the province. This is the family home of the Kissick brothers, Darryl and Avery. They’ve since moved to Regina (taking the name of their hometown with them) and forming this group with Andy Shauf and Dallas Bryson. This record was begun in the barn on the old homestead and finished in Regina.
2. Joseph, Fighter
Good Luck, Kid (ATO)
RIYL: Jade Bird, First Aid Kit, The Slaves
These three women from Portland got the anthemic thing down with this single from their sophomore album which comes three years after their debut. Apparently, they went through some rough patches but were able to fight through them, hence this song. The harmonies really work because Natalie, Allison, and Meegan are all sisters.
3. Chastity, Sun Poisoning
Home Made Satan (Captured Tracks)
RIYL: Whitby rock with a touch of emo
From the eastern section of the GTA comes Brandon Williams with the follow up to a very well-reviewed debut album. Shifting from indie to emo to shoegaze, Brandon is an emotionally expressive dude which will serve him well with certain audiences. The album is due September 13.
4. Snow Patrol, Time Won’t Go Slowly
Single (for now) (Universal)
RIYL: Grey’s Anatomy
With guitarist Johnny McDaid on the DL to have surgery on his neck (it’s a “serious problem,” he says), Snow Patrol has turned their attention away from last year’s Wildness album (which was very good, by the way) to their 25th anniversary. What they plan to do to mark the occasion is still unknown, but this new song is a hint of things to come.
5. Frank Turner, Sister Rosetta
No Man’s Land (Universal)
Recommended If You Like: Against Me!, Brian Fallon, Conor Oberst
Following a well-reviewed performance at Glastonbury, Frank Turner let everyone know about his eighth album which features no songs about men. Instead, the 13 tracks tell the stories of Huda Sha’arawi (Egyptian feminist), Nannie Doss (a serial killer), and Rescusi Anne (her face was used as the model for CPR mannequins. No, really.) Sister Rosetta is dedicated to Rosetta Tharpe, whose contributions in the 30s and 40s were important to the eventual development of rock’n’roll.
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