I really enjoyed Held In Splendor, the last album from Quilt. So much so that I skipped the Dr. Dog show at First Ave. and walked around the corner to see Quilt at 7th St. Entry a couple years ago. Their new album, Plaza, is out in February via Mexican Summer.
Though I later discovered that she's been self-releasing songs by the dozens via Bandcamp for years, Zentropy, the first full-band studio album from Frankie Cosmos, was my introduction to the songwriter. She's set to release another EP soon entitled Fit Me. And "Young" is a pleasant departure from the guitar-pop I had come to expect from her.
It's no secret that behind most pop stars there are a slew of ghostwriters. In this case, Bibi Bourelly gifted Rihanna "Bitch Better Have My Money". And to my surprise, I found myself intrigued enough by that fact to listen to her single, "Ego". The blues guitar was enough to keep me engaged, but by 1:45, Bourelly's wailing vocals carried me the rest of the way. Every once in a while, you just need a smooth pseudo-blues/r&b pop song in your repertoire.
Fair warning, if you're offended by the repeated use of "bitch" in Rihanna's single, you may want to steer clear of Bourelly's refrain.