New Music Monday: February 25th

posted by Cassie Betten on 02/25/2019

These releases among others are available to request at wyce.org/request or call (616)742-9923  For a complete list of everything we add visit: grcmc.org/wyce/music/library

 

The Sweet Water Warblers - With You EP 

If you’re a fan of Michigan bluegrass music, then the names in this supergroup shouldn’t surprise you in the least! This powerhouse trio includes May Erlewine, Rachael Davis, and Lindsay Lou, three champions of their own artistic merits, combining to sing rich harmonies while accompanying each other on a variety of instruments. In this project, you can find gospel, blues, folk, roots, bluegrass, and pop sculpting each track, giving listeners and audience members a plethora of sounds to enjoy. No doubt you have seen these performers in their own separate groups playing all across Michigan and around the United States on major festivals, acoustic music concerts, and folk music celebrations. In April, this group will play several dates in Ohio and in the Michigan cities of Benton Harbor, East Lansing, Washington, and Spring Lake, so go treat yourself to three wonderful women making some powerful music together!

Highlights: "Sing Me a Song", "Lazarus", "Without You"

 

 

Our Native Daughters - Songs of Our Native Daughters 

Continuing the trend of female fronted folk supergroups, Our Native Daughters definitely stood out from the list of submissions I was asked to review for this week. This folk/roots music group is founded by Rhiannon Giddens, who is a multi-instrumentalist and frontwoman of Carolina Chocolate Drops. The group is rounded out by the talents of cellist Leyla McCalla (former Carolina Chocolate Drops member), multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell (Po’ Girl, Birds of Chicago), and alt-country/blues singer/songwriter Amythyst Kiah.  As someone who solicits dozens upon dozens of Americana festivals working with Mark Lavengood, it is refreshing to see this distinct, diverse group of women operating in the current scene and speaking on stories of resistance, resilience, and oppression from a black, female perspective. To accompany their message, the group draws inspiration from 17th, 18th, and 19th century historical sources, blending elements of Creole culture and speaking on topics like minstrelsy, the abolitionist movement, and the suffrage movements. While this may be the first album from this project, it is clear that experiences in music, navigating America and its history as African-American women, and crafting music on a variety of instruments are right within the wheelhouse of these musicians to make something special.

Highlights: “Quasheba, Quasheba", "Black Myself", "I Knew I Could Fly"

 

The Claypool Lennon Delirium - South of Reality 

Sometimes you listen to a group knowing that it’ll just work without even having to deep-dive into their catalog. Sean Lennon and Les Claypool return with their sophomore album, South of Reality, a psychedelic rock journey through space and time that observes the current absurdities of the world. Sean and Les both have distinct styles of writing, performing, and singing, and yet combined it feels so natural you can’t help but join them on their weird journey of spacey soundscapes, atypical song structures, and strange storytelling. Even with the all of the music nerd ear-candy, the album is a well-crafted experience that stands out from the pack of acts being featured in popular music and highlighted on broadcasts like The Late Show. If you want to feel immersed in their sonic world, the group will be coming to Detroit April 27th at The Majestic Theatre!

Highlights: "Amethyst Realm", "Blood And Rockets", "Easily Deceived by Fools"

 

 

José González & The String Theory - Live In Europe 

Jose Gonzalez is no stranger to drawing inspiration from multiple sources. As an Argentine man born and raised in Sweden, Jose’s life is filled with exploration, from joining punk bands to forming Junip to launching a solo career in 2003 with an acoustic album drawing from a childhood of listening to everything from bossa nova to Joy Division. Take this range of influences and pair them with a great Gothenburg orchestra like The String Theory, and you have an amazing concert of music. This live album showcases a variety of tunes from Jose’s catalog of music, from stripped down, vulnerable songs to lush soundscapes filling in every sonic nook and cranny with swelling harmonies. It’s great to hear a solo artist exploring his sounds in different contexts, especially Jose being able to work with musicians who understand how to bring out the nuances of his compositions through great orchestration. I challenge you to put this album on and live in this concert space, as I came out refreshed and better for it! Jose Gonzalez will be coming to the Kalamazoo State Theatre on March 27th if you want to create your own live experience around his music!

Highlights: "Heartbreak", "Let It Carry You", "Abram"
 
 
Louis Futon - Way Back When 
 
Los Angeles based producer/collaborator Tyler Minford, aka Louis Futon, has been making his name and music known over the last two years. From a plethora of Soundcloud remixes to YouTube beat remix challenges, Tyler has shown that he is comfortable working in a variety of genres as an electronic artist. This debut record showcases a collection of different singles, some previously released, of original electronic beats that focus on collaborations with R&B artists like Ashe, Opia, and RKCB. A highlight for me on the album was seeing a collaboration with keyboardist/producer Anomalie, who adds his own harmonic flare and virtuosic keyboard ability to the track “Country Roads.” It’s no wonder with a collection of popular tunes like these, getting millions of Spotify plays, that he’s able to tour on a mostly sold-out string of spring dates for this year. For electronic music fans that love soulful, funky samples paired with guest vocalists and musicians, this album is right up your alley!

Highlights: "Surreal (ft. RKCB)", "Rewind (ft. Armani White & Ashe)", and "Country Roads (ft. Matt Zara & Anomalie)"
 
 
 
 New Music Monday is a collaboration with WYCE Staff and Dutcher SnedekerThese among others are all available for request at wyce.org/request or call (616) 742-9923 For a complete list of everything we add visit: grcmc.org/wyce/music/library
 

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