January 2014 New Music Spotify Playlists
- Genre – Electronic
- From – London, England
- Fav Track – Hinterland
- Recommended Tracks – Glitter Recession, Dripping Down, Hinterland, Heaven How Long, Looking for Someone
- Singles – Heaven How Long, Looking For Someone
Relative newcomer, East India Youth (a.k.a. William Doyle), gives us an electronic musical experience akin to a tasting menu. There’s a wide breadth of electronic music styles here, but Doyle brings them together splendidly like an executive chef. On Total Strife Forever, you will find tasty portions of techno, shoegaze, dream pop, and experimental instrumentals.
- Genre – Experimental Rock
- From – Montreal, Canada
- Fav Track – Austerity Blues
- Recommended Tracks – Fuck Off Get Free, Austerity Blues, Take Away These Early Grave Blues, What We Loved Was Not Enough
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is the project of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s guitarist, Efrim Menuck. Listening to Thee Silver is a similar experience to listening to Godspeed because for one — he uses other personnel from GY!BE (Sophie Trudeau & Jessica Moss – violin, Thierry Amar – bass, David Payant – drums) and two — Silver Mt. Zion also has a predilection for longer, multiple movement tracks which gives the listener a sense that they are witnessing a rock symphony.
- Genre – Punk Revival
- From – Gainesville, Florida
- Fav Track – Unconditional Love
- Recommended Tracks – Transgender Dysphoria Blues, True Trans Soul Rebel, Unconditional Love, Dead Friend
- Single – Fuckmylife666
Punk Revivalists, Against Me!, return with their first album since the lead singer announced her transition to living as a woman and name change to Laura Jane Grace. She also recounts her experiences in “My First Year as a Woman” in Cosmopolitan. The band had some personnel changes after the announcement, but guitarist, James Bowman, stuck it out. Besides that fascinating story, this album was the first music this year to really grab my attention. It’s catchy, emotionally driven, and genuine.
- Genre – Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
- From – Tennessee, California, New York City, NY
- Fav Track – Money Road
- Recommended Tracks – A Feather’s Not A Bird, Modern Blue, The Long Way Home, Money Road, Biloxi
- Single – Modern Blue
Cash used a road trip across Southern states as her muse for this album. The album cover picture was taken on the Tallahatchie bridge of “Ode to Billie Joe” fame. Cash explains the importance of her road trip in the creation of this album with Rolling Stone and CBS Sunday Morning.
- Genre – R&B Soul
- From – Augusta, Georgia; Brooklyn, NY
- Fav Track – Stranger to My Happiness
- Recommended Tracks – Retreat!, Stranger to My Happiness, We Get Along, You’ll Be Lonely, Now I See
- Single – Stranger to My Happiness
Sharon Jones recorded this album prior to her bile duct cancer diagnosis. She waited until recovering from her Whipple Procedure surgery and chemotherapy before releasing the album, so she could promote the album adequately.
- Genre – Indie Rock
- From – Avignon, France
- Fav Track – Opale
- Recommended Tracks – Wings, Opale, Voix Sereines, L’ éveil Des Muses, Away, Délivrance
- Single – Opale
Alcest diverges from its association with the black metal subgenre to put out a beautiful shoegaze album. This departure upset some fans and reviewers. Black metal is not one of my usual genres, so I am blissfully ignorant of the disappointment of their black metal inclined fans. Shoegaze veteran, Neil Haistead (Slowdive), offers lead vocals on the not-to-be-missed track, “Away.”
- Genre – Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Neo-Psychedelia
- From – Seattle, Washington
- Fav Track – Silver Timothy
- Recommended Tracks – Magic Number, Silver Timothy, Metallic Cloud, Silver Donna
- Single – Silver Timothy
Damien Jurado’s new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, strikes me as a cross between Daniele Luppi, Phosphorescent, and Bon Iver.
- Genre – Indie Rock, Noise Rock, Lo-Fi
- From – Brisbane, Australia
- Fav Track – Back to the Flood
- Recommended Tracks – Back to the Flood, Falling Down the Stairs, Bell Tower, Violet Delivery, Baby Closes the Door
- Single – Back to the Flood
- Genre – Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Americana
- From – Georgia
- Fav Track – Oyster and Pearl
- Recommended Tracks – Oyster and Pearl, The Gig That Matters, Duane Allman
- Single – Oyster and Pearl
Amy Ray of Indigo Girls fame, collaborates again to offer us a down home album of country music with hints of bluegrass, cajun and gospel.