Relentless, pounding, and subtle beyond comprehension, these songs buzz by like a runaway saw, missing you by an eyelash.
The Fresh & Onlys :: Wolf Lie Down
Wildly varied compositions, ranging from driving fuzz with vocal harmonies to sparse tributes that sound like they came from “My Aim Is True” outtakes, to outright cowboy dirges
Widowspeak :: Expect The Best
Moody, semi-whispered low vocals and reverb-drenched guitar twang make for some very cinematic material.
Filthy Friends :: Invitation
Supergroup featuring members from the Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney and Baseball Project, driven by Peter Buck and Corin Tucker’s songwriting. Sounds like what you’d expect it to sound like.
Baby In Vain :: More Nothing
Danish female-fronted trio with punishing riffage and dramatic vocals
J. Roddy Walston & The Business :: Destroyers Of The Soft Life
Good southern-tinged rock, anthemic and singalong. Nothing ground-breaking, but top-notch songwriting and production.
El Ten Eleven :: Unusable Love EP
Synth-driven songs in a variety of moods, emboldened by a careful interplay of vocals and textures.
Whitney Rose :: Rule 62
There is nothing about Whitney Rose’s country music that sets it apart from the archetype of a traditional female country singer, but great vocals and top-notch performances by an all-star cast of studio musicians make this a fun listen.