Hungarian artist Naked Woods (aka Eszter Polyák) makes unassuming mini-epics that are difficult to classify. They sound comfortingly familiar while remaining remarkably original. On the new single “Clouds of the Storm,” some New Order-esque musical changes, a bit of Cyndi Lauper vocal inflection, and a wholly modern electronic groove make for an engrossing listen. Polyák creates, records, and mixes her music herself, and with each release sounds increasingly confident. Listen below.
Lady Lamb is the the midst of a wide ranging tour in support of her new EP, Tender Warriors Club. At seven tracks, running 34 minutes, less prolific artists might call this a full length album and be done with it. As for Lady Lamb, the artist also known as Aly Spaltro seems content to give us all that she’s creating and thinking, however long or heavy it might be. Technically an EP, Tender Warriors Club feels more than anything like a snapshot of the individual, vulnerable and uncertain, at this moment in time. Intensely personal rather than overtly political, it is nonetheless a “manifesto,” as the artist writes on her website:
find the courage to be sensitive
be emotionally vulnerable
be comfortable with & embrace solitude
never compromise their integrity
practice self-acceptance & self-love
give an honest effort
Lady Lamb’s current tour is hitting some smaller venues as well as living rooms across the country. See all of the tour dates with ticket links here. The EP is available now via Mom + Pop Records. Order vinyl here.
As the Flint Michigan water crisis stretches into its THIRD YEAR, attention and outrage wane, directed elsewhere, as outrage demands exceed supply. Some dedicated folks remain focused, however, and retrain our collective eye on the prize (the prize here being the most fundamental of basic human needs – potable water). Count among these the United Way, whose Genesee County operation continues to try to raise money in order to help the neglected people of Flint, and socially conscious people like those in one of our current favorite rock and roll bands, Aloud. The band today released a single, “Agua Mala,” to help raise money for the United Way fund, and they will perform tonight at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory at a Flint benefit, snow be damned, along with Cold Blood Club (who also feature on the new single).
A great cause and worthy effort, we’re sure you’ll agree. Luckily for us, Aloud is also a great band who make great songs, and this one is no exception. Seething, dark, and dynamic, “Agua Mala” reflects the frustration of this ongoing crisis in the tone of the music alone.
If you’re able, please spread the word, get the track, go to the show.
Austin TX singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway took a stab at some songs by friends and musical compatriots and ended up with a full album of covers, spanning from local Austin bands to classics like The Temptations. When it came to The Lumineers’ break-out hit “Ho Hey,” Gassaway abandoned the upbeat folk attitude of the original and went dark and introspective. The result is a completely new read on the song, bringing out the obsessive, haunted lyrical content. Unassuming and atmospheric, this version is frankly an improvement on the more breezy original.
The new album is called A Fly Can’t Bird, and is out February 24th.
Reyna, the band that evolved from songwriting sister duo Vic and Gab, have dropped a new single entitled “Matinee.” The blissed out indie pop jam is simultaneously a song of loss and hope, but heavy on the latter. It opens with a killer reverberating guitar riff and only gets better from there. Listen below.
“Matinee” sits atop a small pile of tremendous singles Reyna has released over the past year. The Milwaukee band recently opened for CHVRCHES in their hometown. We’ll let you know when they hit the road.
First up is the Adam Ezra solo tour, hitting living rooms across the country. 40 homes will host the “Get Folked Tour – 2017.” Couple that with a surprise live solo album, and then triple it with an impending avalanche of new demos, all tied into a crowdfunding effort that will allow the band’s fans to pick the songs, name the album, and choose the artwork…and the result will be their most ambitious album yet.