The new album from Bjork swirls with emotional turmoil.
Leaked and rush-released, Vulnicura is a breakup album, chronicling her split from artist Matthew Barney.
The song “Black Lake”-intense, sorrowful, a uniquely Bjork masterpiece.
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib is a San Francisco garage-rocker, now based in L.A.
He moved quickly from creative director for a skateboard company to full-time musician when Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys took notice and produced his 2nd album.
His 3rd, Moonlight, is brand new as we listen to the song “Melt Me”.
Turbo Fruits is a rock band out Nashville led by Jonas Stein, formerly of the band Be Your Own Pet.
Their 4th album No Control comes to us in the early spring.
“The Way I Want You”, the 1st single, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, is a sweet taste.
Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) is the co-founder of the experimental band Animal Collective.
As a solo artist he has created 5 albums, the 5th, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, just released.
He dazzles us with “Boys Latin”.
Alex Winston has such a compelling voice.
Initially classically trained in Detroit, she now resides in New York.
Her first album King Con came out two years ago.
Expect to hear much more about her with the wonderful new song “Careless”.
Violinist extraordinaire Lili Haydn dropped an album in the latter part of last year.
Here are a couple from Lili Land: the single “My My, Cross the Line” and her cover of Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir”.
My My, Cross the Line”
These two guys are from London but they call themselves Winter in Toronto.
This lovely song “Walking in the Air” is from the It’s Coming On Christmas album with all proceeds benefiting CoppaFeel!, a charity that champions breast cancer awareness, educating young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
“Walking in the Air”
Oh Wonder is a new duo out of London.
Formerly known as Wonder Wonder, they began releasing a song a month for a year in September.
The band has yet to reveal their identities.
“All We Do” is the 4th song in the series and one of the best of the year.
St. Vincent’s album St. Vincent is one of the best of the year.
“Pieta” recorded during the St. Vincent sessions was released as a 10-inch single on Black Friday for Record Store Day celebrating independent record stores.
“Buzzkill(er)” has recently been released as we long for more.
Now they give us a complete album appropriately titled Classics.
This is the song listing:
1. Stars Fell on Alabama (Recorded by: Guy Lombardo, Billie Holiday, Ella FitzGerald & Louis Armstrong)
2. Oh No, Not My Baby (Recorded by: Maxine Brown, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Carole King)
3. It’s Not for Me to Say (Recorded by: Johnny Mathis)
4. Stay Awhile (Recorded by: Dusty Springfield)
5. This Girl’s In Love With You (Recorded by: Herb Alpert)
6. Time After Time (Recorded by: Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker and Shirley Bassey)
7. She (Recorded by: Charles Aznavour, Elvis Costello)
8. Teach Me Tonight (Recorded by: Frank Sinatra, The DeCastro Sisters)
9. It’s Always You (Recorded by: Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Chet Baker)
10. Unchained Melody (Recorded by: The Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley, Lee Ann Rimes)
11. I’ll Never Be Free (Recorded by: Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Jean Shepard)
12. Would You Like to Take a Walk (Recorded by: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
13. We’ll Meet Again (Recorded by: Vera Lynn, The Byrds)
Listen here to “Oh No, Not My Baby”