Pop: The new Death Cab for Cutie EP “The Blue EP” is solid! I absolutely adore “To The Ground” – the first song on the EP. Ben Gibbard’s style these past few years is highly evolved! The last song, shown here, “Blue Bloods”, made it’s way on to our Accidental Death of a Black Motorist playlist!
The Bad Dreamers’ Georgetown will be stuck in my head for days! It’s 80s retrowave-esque while being completely new. Seriously my favorite song of the week! They include an instrumental but I can’t sing falsetto like that; and the 2nd song on the EP (New York Minute) is not nearly as tasty.
Country: At least Chris Knight’s Almost Daylight is a solid track for the weekend! Stylistically, it’s recorded in a way that’s reminiscent of old country — sounds like Hank Williams (the first) or even Bob Dylan with the harp. Salt Lake local musician The Real Doug Lane does it again with his soulful and quiet, acoustic “Hold On” — understated, and perfect for a rainy day. Another local artist Clayton Smalley is a little more upbeat with his “Ride or Die” – perfect for the weekend! And if you don’t like country, we’ll that’s too bad — This Is How We Roll!
Rock: Foals’ single “The Runner” follows on the heels of their recent “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1” with more of the tasty dirty blues-rock overdriven guitar and drums, with synth backing and a haunting voice. The best of current rock! Surprisingly, Editors’ new single Black Gold is a deviation from their previous sound, and is leaning more toward pop-rock instead of the gothic-rock. Maybe the voice is different? It’s a decent song and mostly due to it being almost over-produced.
Metal and Rap: Of Mice & Men’s song is high-energy, but kind of generic with predictable drops and breakdowns; still a solid new track. It’s better than Prophets Of Rage new track. I try so hard to like them as I’m a huge Rage Against the Machines fan, but they are like Greta Van Fleet is to Led Zep. Just sayin’. At least BLACKPINK’s song is legit – even if it is live (and I generally hate that live, screaming fans every 2 seconds, super stadium reverb sound).
What’s on your #NMF Radar? Send me suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay in-tuned!