More Music from the Inbox: 18 July 2012

Take your mind off the heat with another selection of recommended songs that made it through our patented (well, sort of) two-stage filtering process. Rendering final judgement this time is Brent Chittenden.

Artist: High Pines

Album: We Are Humans EP

High Pines have influences that range from The Doors and Velvet Underground to Radiohead and The Verve and it shows on their latest, We Are Humans. Dreamy with hints of pschadelic, rather nice ep.

Sounds Like: An American take on bands like The Verve

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Artist: Sydney Wayser

Album: Bell Choir Coast

I tend to get really bored of female vocalists these days because a lot of them sound the same. And by that I mean they are trying to sound like Adele or Amy Winehouse. While Sydney’s vocals may sound familiar, the music behind her is what stands out. The preview we got of The Bell Choir Coast had a mix of sounds and a bit of spaghetti western/rockabilly twang that I really liked.

Sounds Like: A pop chanteuse in love with the sounds of the west

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Artist: Jeremy Fisher

Album: Mint Juleps

Jeremy Fisher once toured Canada… on a bike! His latest, Mint Juleps, reminds me of an update on the 60’s era singer/songwriter. He’s a direct product of guys like Dylan and Young. I can even hear bits of Simon & Garfunkle and maybe even a bit of old fashioned Americana with a bit of the East Coast thrown in. Solid record.

Sounds Like: The love child of Dylan and Simon who was raised in Canada.

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Artist: Kestrels

Album: A Ghost History

Awesome soundscapes with poppy hooks. Kestrels have developed a really interesting balance of noise and pop here that I really dig.

Sounds Like: Noise shoegazing pop goodness

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And as an added bonus this week, here’s a way back one. Alan occasionally refers to me as the “Judge Dredd” of the column when I’m writing it. With a new Dredd movie on the way, I’ve been doing a lot of Dredd research and came across this song by The Manic Street Preachers. Hadn’t heard it up until this week but I really dig it.

Remember kids, it’s never too late to discover old music too.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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