You can hear the inspiration from the scene of the spoken words in the songs on Happy birthday (Merge) by DC Sneak (aka Eva Moolchan). You can also detect the influence of musical acts such as Le Tigre and tUnE-yArDs. All of these elements combine to make an exciting listening experience. Sneaks gives us plenty of opportunities to work on the flaws in our bodies, as well as plenty of thoughts, in irresistibly rhythmic acts such as “Faith”, “This World”, “Do You Want To Go Out Tonight” and “Mars in Virgin.”
Recorded and released ahead of the 2020 election where Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first female vice president, “Put A Woman in Charge” by a pioneering girl’s rock group Ace of Cups took on a whole new meaning. This song comes from Sing your dreams (High Moon), Ace of Cups second album. Before Fanny, before The Runaways, and long before Sleater-Kinney, Ace of Cups was part of the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the 1960s. Part of that spirit lives on in songs such as “Basic Human Needs” (with vocals) de Wavy Gravy), “Gemini”, “Boy, What’ll You Do Then” and “Waller Street Blues”.
You must be wondering if Shelby lynne never got over the compliment / insult of winning the 2000 Grammy Award for Best New Artist 11 years and five albums after releasing her first full record. As the wobbly Grammy story goes, that pat on the back / slap in the face might be the weirdest ever. Yes, Lynne certainly deserved praise for her groundbreaking album I am Shelby Lynne, but there had to be a better way to go about it. Since then, she’s made the most of her 21st-century creativity by releasing ten more studio albums, including a Christmas record and one she teamed up on with her little sister Allison Moorer.
Lynne’s most recent album, a great self-produced and self-titled effort on Thirty Tigers / Everso, is perhaps her most revealing. Recorded and released before COVID-19 began to take its toll, the album cover photo with the lower half of Lynne’s face covered up looks prescient and hints at her possible secondary career as a psychic. Lynne’s previous albums have featured original compositions and collaborations, and Shelby Lynne is no exception. What’s remarkable is that his collaborator on seven of the ten songs is lesbian filmmaker / screenwriter Cynthia Mort.
The famous Lynne, who has said in the past, “Everyone’s a little bit gay,” perhaps leaves some light in her dark closet. No matter who she loves, Lynne always sounds great, her voice ripening like fine wine. Most of the songs owe more to R&B and pop than to country, Lynne’s original genre of music. “I Got You” and “Don’t Even Believe In Love”, for example, sound like they would be right at home on any release from the Hi Records catalog. “Love Is Coming” could be a lost tune by Angel Olsen. “Revolving Broken Heart” is a pure torch song and “Here I Am” gives Lynne a chance to show off her belt skills. www.shelbylynne.com
One thing you can say about Emilie Croix it is because it does not remain inactive. When she’s not playing with Dan Duszynski as one half of Cross Record, she sings as the first third of Loma, with Duszynski and Jonathan Melburg of Shearwater. After the first listen, you won’t want to look away from Loma’s second album Don’t go away (Under Pop). Made up of some of the most spellbinding dreamy pops you’ll probably hear in the near future, Loma will blow your mind on “Ocotillo”, the heat-generating “Half Silences”, the exotic “Elliptical Days”, the sweet rave club of “Given A Sign “and the colorful” Blue Rainbow “.
Music is the universal language. So even if you don’t speak a little French, you are bound to find something to your liking on Age of Aquarius (Leisure center) by French duo Yelle, directed by Julie budet. More than a dozen years since Yelle’s national debut Arise, the couple returns with their most admirable effort. Still powered by electricity, Yelle has found a damper on some of the more contrived aspects of previous efforts (we’re talking to you, Dr Luke) and the results are evolving in more ways than one. The most notable tracks include “Menu du Jour”, “Karate”, “Vue D’en Face”, “Peine De Mort”, “OMG !!!” and the Giorgio Moroder-esque “Interpassion”.
Technicolor (Mondo Mundo / Thirty Tigers) is the second album of Sweet Lizzy Project with the main voices of Lisset Diaz. Hailing from Havana, Cuba and now based in Nashville, the quintet has a distinctive sound and style, which you can hear immediately on the opening main track which turns into a scorching hot as it progresses. “Turn Up The Radio” has a tasteful tone and “Ain’t Nobody to Call” is a potential arena rocker. It’s The Mavericks joining SLP on “The Flower is in the Seed” and “Travel to the Moon” is rightly out of this world.
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