New York musician Laura Stevenson is set to release her new record, Cocksure, at the end of the month. "Claustrophobe" leans more punk than the folk-rock ilk of her last album, Wheel, but it's equally as infectious.
Bill Ryder-Jones is releasing a new album, West Kirby County Primary, in early November. While he's a new artist to me, a little research shows that he's had quite the career so far, playing on five albums with The Coral, collaborating with the likes of Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner, producing last year's Annabel Dream Reader by The Wytches. West Kirby Country Primary will be his fifth solo album in four years. It looks like I have some catching up to do.
Mitski introduced me to the label Double Double Whammy last year. Since then, I've enjoyed releases from her label mates Frankie Cosmos and Quarterbacks. The latest debut to come from DDW is straight outta the Catskills: Holdly by Florist. "Vacation" is the sweet, reminiscent lead single from the EP that comes out at the end of the month.
This one took a moment for me to latch onto, but I gave it a try after I learned that Lionlimb spent a good portion of 2014 touring behind one of my favorite artists, Angel Olsen. By track's-end, the melody and supporting vocals had me hooked. Lionlimb is releasing a 7" next Friday.
Christine and the Queens
If you attach Mike Hadreas to one of your tracks, you can guarantee I'll give it a listen. Christine and the Queens hail from France and their debut record comes out next Friday. Amongst their list of influences are "Michael Jackson + Andy Kaufman" and "Bob Fosse + Jim Carrey".