Con Davison is a very talented, Austin, TX raised musician who currently resides in Saint Paul, MN. In the past Con has typically been a drummer, supporting other songwriters, but he’s now finally ready to step out and share his very own tunes. Here today is the very first song of Con Davison’s solo career entitled “Somebody Else”. It’s a piano driven bit of pop music that is essentially playful pop music while keeping things focused with a soft guitar and expertly timed drums.
Con is currently working on a full EP of new material with no release date currently announced.
Let’s get it out of the way, there’s an immediate comparison to Odina; yes, she does resemble early Joanna Newsom in her vocal delivery. But, for me, that’s where the comparison stops, and a new star shines. There’s this intimacy in her voice, almost as if we’re sitting right in the studio as she records this tune. It doesn’t hurt that the arrangements behind her are stunning, embellishing her notes with billowing horns that rise to meet her voice. This tune will appear on her forthcoming EP, which is scheduled to drop at some point this summer.
Snowy and Lachlan are both members from the Ocean Party, so we’re inclined to share any new project the two work on, even if it’s a boy-band pop group. This weekend, they kindly shared a new EP they worked on together, simply titled Six More Songs. At first, I was stuck with this tune “Drunk” on repeat; I love its pop explosion just before the 1 minute mark. But, as it’s Monday, and we need a pick me up, I’ve been trolling “Do What U Wanna” the most; it’s an upbeat track built on a keyboard backbone, playful in vibe and lyrics. Still, don’t stop there, as I wouldn’t post these songs if I didn’t find them rewarding, so go on, get at em.
This new track from Sam Valdez just dropped, and it’s quite an enchanting number, particularly considering all the buzz new Mazzy Star got this week. Valdez shares some similarities with Hope Sandoval, especially in the way her voice seems to have this timeless pop sensibility that’s warm around the edges. Musically, she seems to have dialed into the vast expanse of her home state of Nevada, where at times the desert can seem endless; it leaves her music open and striking. She’s just signed on with Nevado Music to release a new EP, featuring this track, later in the Summer.
Having just reissued Aloha Hola via Slumberland Records, D.A. Stern is ready to take on all pop-comers with his new Isn’t It Obvious EP. Below, we’ve got the infectious title track, drawing on nostalgic vibes from Costello and Nilsson. But, Stern very much has his foot in the present, taking the classic sound, and giving it a bit more shine…think of the recent work of Nada Surf. You’ll tap your toes throughout (maybe even get overjoyed with a bit of a stomp), and you’ll swoon when the natural harmonies wash across your speakers; then you’ll rush to Slumberland to find out how you can get your hand’s on his records. It’s easy, just take a jump HERE;the EP drops Friday!
There’s a new EP from Cool Sounds floating around today with a few tracks they had laying around after finishing up their second LP. I’d listen to this EP on the strength of the opener alone; I love the harmonies in the vocals, and the sax fits right into the vibe. And while I enjoy these four tracks, I’m stuck on the feels with the final tune, “Grudge.” While the pop sensibility is prevalent, the track almost wobbles due to the production, muddying up the polish and churning out an intoxicating mood that will have you spinning the track over and over. If these are the songs leftover from the sessions on LP 2, then we’re in for something brilliant. For now, enjoy these tunes.
For those not in the know, DEWR is the project of current Californian Brian Dewar; he offers up a blend of stripped down folk amidst a backdrop of pop sensibility. “Try Not to Try” begins slowly, with Dewar’s voice working over a guitar line; it moves forward with a more angular cut in the guitar and horns that force the song into blossom. On “Anyway” he emulates a touch of the new batch of indie rockers, driving hooks into the listener’s ears with ringing guitars and crashing cymbals. “Violet’s Encore” is more in the vein of folk as we’ve come to know it, playful and heartfelt, aided by a female vocal foil throughout. The City & Sur EP will be available for you this Friday.
Honey Radar first bounced onto our radar when the Philly act released their second LP via What’s Your Rupture. Today, they’ve announced a brand new EP is on the way via Chunklet Industries; it’s titled Psychic Cruise. Immediately you’re going to toss out that psychedelic vibe, but the song’s brevity and casual demeanor make it a far cry from that far out land. Sure, I can hear some of the guitars giving you the impression, but just the smooth delivery of the lyrics gives the song a whole lot more polish and assuredness. Jamming can be cool, but it’s only as cool as the song will take it…and this tune takes it pretty far in under a minute and a half; look for the EP on April 20th.
In case you missed it, Paul Bergmann made a beautiful record last year that I included in my Albums People Probably Overlooked. Rest easy, you still have time to go back, but first listen to this new entry into Paul’s on-going canon. It’s simple in structure, with Bergmann’s voice moving gently atop a walking piano line. At times, it almost sounds like the piano is going out of tune, haunted by a faint speaker hiss in the recording; it’s one of the more intimate offerings we’ve heard him created. Overall, it leaves you with a message of promise, both in life, and in Bergmann’s continued growth as a songwriter. This song will feature on his new EP titled Night, Unfold, which comes out on February 2nd.
We wrote about The Late Great awhile ago, and now the band’s Sarah Lane has reached out to share a track from her forthcoming solo effort. For me, the winning part of the track comes from Lane’s vocal performance; it has this vibrance that stands out, even when delivering lines like “I’ve been broken like a tree.” Interestingly, the accompanying video for the single has Sarah laughing off her trials and tribulations, wearing a charming smile all about her home city of Portland. You’ll find yourself captivated by the strum of the guitar, but you’ll circle back again and again to hear that voice. Look for the EP to drop sometime this Spring.