It’s the whole shebang from Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro), as she launches a new album, replete with a single and video, as well as a slew of tour dates. From the LP Even In The Tremor, out April 5th on Ba Da Bing Records, comes the title track and accompanying video, which you can see below. She’ll hit the road right after the album drops, first with Renata Zeiguer and then with Katie Von Schleicher (tour dates also below). The new single is extremely tight, with a mix of programmed and organic drums, chopped up grooves (each verse has its own feel) and sampled vocals. It’s challenging music, but Spaltro wraps it in her rich voice and inviting melodies, making it a joy to listen to. We’ve gone parenthetically crazy (so we’ll just stop (here) and let you listen).
The Jellybricks, who a few years back won a full set of guitars from the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” competition on OurStage, are back with new music and a pretty damn cool new video. Hooks and harmonies abound on the song “Brooklyn,” which is accompanied here by the band and cohorts, who performed the entire one-shot clip backwards, including some impressive lip syncing.
Bronze Radio Return last week fired off a new single, “Come With Us.” Following up October’s “Ready To Go,” the new track rides a similar vibe, existing somewhere just shy of electro pop, but still closer to modern rock than the band’s more rootsy origins. Atmospheric and dynamic, while still consistently driving, “Come With Us,” is lousy with hooks and it sounds simply fantastic.
Teddy Westside, the Sarasota FL-based artist found most recently at the top of our urban Best of the Best chart, has a short and sweet new video for his track “L.A. for the Summer.” Simple and cleverly edited, the clip is just over a minute and a half long, just long enough to make you want more of the melodic, hypnotic groove. Check it out:
LA’s Aloud have dropped a killer rave-up in the form of their new A-side, “Son Of The Dharma.” The song, lyrically inspired by mixed feelings about Jack Kerouac, is a neo-soul blast of guitar and Hammond organ, fronted with Jen de la Osa‘s rich voice. The amped-up Stax and Motown vibe is in keeping with Aloud’s recent singles, including “Falling Out Of Love” and their take on the Rolling Stones‘ “Dead Flowers.” But look only to the new B-side, “Last Of The Evergreens,” to understand the depth of the band’s material. The track, sung this time by Henry Beguiristain, is sparsely arranged, but carefully crafted － more Marshall Crenshaw than Otis Redding. Together, the tracks offer something less and less common from new artists, which is a creative and cohesive sensibility untethered to a single defining sound. Listen to both tracks below.
UK duo KAZE are back with a very cool video for their single “Conversation.” The track itself is a nice blend of groovy ’70s AM radio melodicism and funky, fuzzy modern indie rock, taking a turn from the former to the latter at the song’s instrumental bridge. The video, directed by singer Amy Webber, reflects the lyric’s yearning for self-reflection, in contrast with bustle of constant communication around us. She walks the streets, trying to make that connection, ironically via her own mobile. Watch below: