Of all the music I try to collect on vinyl, '60s rhythm and blues may be the hardest to find. At least that's the case for desired artists like Otis Redding or Same Cooke. So when modern artists decide to resurrect a somewhat lost sound, it's refreshing and worthy of collecting. Such is the case with Leon Bridges, the 25-year-old Texan. His name started buzzing in musical circles last fall and hopefully his fame continues to expand in 2015.
The King of Anxiety is the debut EP from South African artist, Petite Noir. I got lost in it yesterday while I was working, which is an easy accomplishment with this record's mix of ambient vocals and persistent rhythm.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra announced their third album, Multi-Love, will be released on Jagjaguwar on May 26. Frontman Ruban Nielson had this to say about the new album:
“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator. It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”
I heard this track on NPR's All Songs Considered podcast earlier this week. And am I crazy, or does their drummer sound like one of the dudes from The Blood Brothers from time-to-time? Maybe it's just me. Either way, Texas-based Purple curated an album-full of organized chaos and pop rock with their debut, (409), which has only been released in the UK and Europe, to my knowledge. You can also stream it on Spotify.
Father John Misty
Fear Fun was one of my favorite albums in 2012. With each subsequent play, I love it more and more. Upon learning the news of a follow-up Father John Misty record from Josh Tillman, I was equally excited and nervous. Would his follow-up record strike the same chord? Would it be as good? Until his live set earlier this week on WFUV, we had only heard "Bored In The USA," which indicated that his songwriting was as sharp and witty as ever. During his in-studio set, he debuted three more songs, and if they're any indication of what's to come, I Love You, Honeybear, could end up being my favorite album the year. The new album comes out on Tuesday, which isn't soon enough.