"Strange days are here again, so this one's from the heart," sings Jim Guthrie (a Toronto-based songwriter and member of the bands Islands, Royal City and Human Highway) in the opening moments of "The Sound Of Wanting More." The sonic mood may be strange and dreamlike but the emotional yearning shines through.
Iron & Wine's latest release "Ghost on Ghost" shows Sam Beam's curiosity for new sounds. The songwriter combines insightful lyrics, hints of jazz, and fresh chord progressions to craft an enjoyable and satisfying listen from start to finish.
"You can't plan every piece," sings Grant Olney on the new single "Not From Body," but the tough puzzle of learning to love and getting fitful glimpses of peace all falls into place.
David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, the Iowa natives who founded The Pines together six years ago, have spent time living and making music in a Mexican barrio in Arizona and in Minneapolis, Minn.
Invitations are rarely as seductive as "This Is the Beginning," a tart folk-pop tune by BOY -- the Hamburg-based duo of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass -- that takes the familiar, youthful experience of being along in a strange city and learns how to make the strangeness sing.
Wife and husband Noëlle Hampton and André Moran may have years of touring and recording behind them, but their new band, the Belle Sounds, offers a fresh start -- and, on the new track "Should Have Been Mine," a fresh, tensely-lit, guitar-pop treatise on the allure and threat of the all-mighty dollar.
"Southern Colorado Song" finds Wooden Wand (aka James Jackson Toth of Lexington, Ky.) turning up the amps to a dirty and dreamy 11.