I'm running out of things to say in this opening paragraph, but that doesn't really matter - why are you reading this? This is about the music. Stop it. Scroll down and play the songs already!
Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
Angel Olsen, American folk and indie rock singer/guitarist (and my newest crush), has an old soul to her vocal style. Her 2014 album Burn Your Fire for No Witness made my short list for best of the year, and her newest 2016 release My Woman will make it to the list as well. She took her already great and unique modern blend of classic 50’s vocalist influences, and somehow improved on her overall sound - maturing it as she gets better. You don’t want to miss these albums from such an outstanding artist.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Robot Stop
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is bizarre group. This Australian, 7-piece psychedelic/noise-rock band is out of their mind in the best way possible. If you were to blend late 60’s psychedelic-rock with early metal and 70’s science fiction, King Gizzard would be the end result. Their 8th studio album Nonagon Infinity is absolutely BRILLIANT. Robot Stop is the opening track to the album, and it maintains this pace nearly the entire way through. Each track seamlessly bleeds into the next, and then the final 9th track loops perfectly back into the first. It may sound like a gimmick, and maybe it is, but it’s one that works extremely well. This whole album is a ton of fun - check it out.
PUP - DVP
Pup is a Canadian punk rock band from Toronto, Ontario. They’ve only been around since 2013, but have been making waves and creating quite the cult following. The music has a punchy hook that is extremely accessible for all kinds of music fans. They have somewhat of a late 2000’s pop-punk style, with the raw energy of more authentic punk and rock groups. They deliver a stellar live performance, their music video game is on point (kill me for saying that), and they know how to make extremely fun music. Even though the music is simple, there is an authenticity to Pup that feels extremely relatable, if not down to earth.
NAO - Fool to Love
Nao (pronounced: neɪ.oʊ) is a self-described “wonky funk” singer from East London. Her sound is a variation of Soul, R&B, Funk, and Electronic. I’m not usually a huge R&B fan, but I absolutely love this track from her debut album For All We Know. Neo (her actual real life name) studied vocal jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and her first EP made top iTunes charts in 2014. This recent album release has been met with mixed reviews, but most of them generally favorable. Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of the genre, but Nao is worth your time – give her a listen.
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