Looking for some new tunes? Here are a few suggestions….
New Empire – In A Breath
In the onslaught of new albums, singles, videos that have come through my inbox in the last week, this album by Aussie pop/rock band, New Empire, stood out like a breath of fresh air. It’s easy and enjoyable and will be a fast favorite for those who enjoy the likes of The Fray, The Script, and Augustana. The soothing vocals, piano melodies, and uplifting tones are drawing me in and I’m falling more in love with each listen. I’ll be on the lookout for New Empire when they journey to North America later this year.
The Milk Carton Kids – Live From Lincoln Theatre DVD
I know I’ve already mentioned this one, but it’s that good. The joy of this folk duo lies in their live performance which is captured quite well on this DVD. I’ve already watched it several times and the only problem is that it leaves me wanting more. The Milk Carton Kids being their largely sold out North American tour today, so if you don’t have tickets and still need your fix, the DVD’s a somewhat suitable substitute.
Strange Talk – Cast Away
Jury has been out on this synth/pop band from Australia, but I’m finding their debut album very danceable, which is decidedly a good thing. I especially like the song, “Young Hearts”.
Other releases I’m hoping to check out:
- Ray Lamontagne – Supernova
- Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
- Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
- Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Phosphorescent Harvest
- Howlin’ Rain – Live Rain
- Old 97’s – Most Messed Up
- Pixies – Indie Cindy
- Rodriogo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive
- Johnnyswim – Diamonds
- Wye Oak – Shriek
- Neil Young – A Letter Home
- Saliva – Rise Up