More Music from the Inbox: 06 March 2012

On any given day, I get several dozen submissions for music reviews.  This, I believe, is a blessing because it gives me a chance to see what’s new and exciting below the radar.  I filter through them all and then hand them to special correspondents like Juliette Jagger to write ’em up with a final verdict.  

Here’s the latest to make it through this two-stage filtering process.  (And check out Juliette’s recent interview with Daniel Lanois here.)

Artist: Theresa Andersson, “Hold Onto Me”

Album: Street Parade

There is such an unexpected intensity about this song and it’s all because of Anderson’s vocals; they are front and center, and completely commanding.

Sounds like: The stuff that dreams are made of.

Link/Listen/Watch:  Stream the MP3

 

Artist: The Royalty, “How I Like ‘Em”

Album: Demo

The Royalty is a mix of modern garage rock and retro sweetheart melodies.  They sound like a cooler, female fronted version of a band that could have played a 1950’s prom night.

Sounds like: Southern garage soul

Link/Listen/Watch:  Stream the song

 

Artist: Christine Michelle Leakey, “Lovely”

Album: Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure

This record is like a delicate cross between lounge music, faintly recalled childhood memories, and the wise, sturdy calm of a tall, tall, forest. Also I appreciate someone who thinks long and hard about album art. 

Sounds like:  Trinkets of the heart

Link/Listen/Watch:

 

Artist: A Tribe Called Red “Electric Powwow

Album: Self-Titled

A Tribe Called Red is a badass Aboriginal DJ Collective from Ottawa who are pushing a brand new sound into the electronic forefront. They combine traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music, and they do it while bringing to life the stories and realities of their cultures past.

Sounds like: Electric history

Link/Listen/Watch

 

Artist: Speech Debelle “I’m With It”

Album: Freedom of Speech

 

Speech Debelle is something of a wordsmith. Freedom Of Speech packs a beautiful punch, pins rhyme against reason, and calls for revolution out of love.

Sounds like: Identity 

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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