Now that streaming has far overtaken CD’s as the major mode of music distribution, artists have responded by releasing singles and videos either ahead of albums or instead of albums. The weekly volume of releases is now in the hundreds – far too may for any fan, or music critic to listen to. But, in order to help my readers keep up, I will be listening to many singles and watching many videos each week and giving you a Roundup of a few new ones that I think are worth your attention. Because this is the first Roundup, I will also note a few releases that are not quit new, but I have been holding for a review for a little while, and a news note on She Shreds Magazine.
That Siren, Hope, new EP by Kris Angelis. Released recently and now on Spotify and other platforms, this is class Kris Angels. The title song is deeply emotional with her voice ethereal and hypnotic. The other 5 songs on the EP, especially “I Hope I Never Fall in Love Again” are all earworms and deserve your closest attention. Also check out her June 5 album Live at the Hotel Café at https://bit.ly/3gDTbA6
Villaines+Instrumental, new album by Militia Vox. Released last week and available for download/listening on Bandcamp. If you like the genre-defying, sometimes hard rock sometimes orbital music of Militia Vox, this will be a treat. She has produced 11 mood-altering tracks plus a bonus track, LUNA X XIX ,drawing from her Villaines series. Great stuff; prepare or launch. Download or listen at https://bit.ly/3iOMSvo
“Diamonds”, new single by Binx. Upbeat, Available on Spotify at https://spoti.fi/2O5DFke. Highly polished pop that makes you feel good, but has an underlying current of social criticism and personal observation, Diamonds fits well into Binx’s body of work that seems to at life through rose-colored glasses but is really pretty sharp observation of millennial life, Put this one on replay and feel good all day.
Love is all we have. New video/single by Juanita. Another triumph for this New York based, Finland-born pop/jazz singer, and the third single from Janita’s forthcoming new album, Here Be Dragons. The ECR label release is spooky, anthemic and mesmerizing; the video recalls the opening of a James Bond film. Song at https://orcd.co/janita_ourloveisallwehave. Video at https://bit.ly/2ZG8eSQ
“This Love “(Ferringo Remix)”. New single by Kendra Black Produced by Italian producer Vittorio Ferrigno “This Love” is full of jangles and distortions held together with the through line of Black’s urgent voice. If you are a fan, this is a must if only to hear how she can be molded and sculpted into a pop/electro format. Available at kendrablackmusic.com and on all digital platforms
“Spanglish” J.I with Myke Towers. Single and video. The Brooklyn-based Latin breakout rapper teams up with Latin trap rapper Myke Towers to produce a mostly English song that weaves both styles together in music that keeps your head bobbing, but does not engage your brain . The slickly produced video will drive feminists up the wall with its only woman being mostly decorative, despite being the object of the song. But, put it on repeat as you go about your da to keep our energy up and just enjoy.
“Fooling Yourself” by Tommy Shaw of Styx and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. Video. Conducted by Liza Grossman, the CTOs and Shaw have created a work of art, a celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Styx’s triple platinum album Grand Illusion is a video that is so much fun you will want to watch it every night. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nECouHrb6aQ
She Shreds Magazine is going digital. She Shreds Magazine hasreleased its 20th and final print issue. Founded in 2012, She Shreds let the world know that there are female guitar players out there who can knock your socks off as well as any “guitar hero”. It featured the previously invisible women-identified guitar and bass players and gear nerds, single-handedly making room where there wasn’t any for black, brown, LGBTQIA+ women and nonbinary players and beyond. This month She Shreds expands from print into a multi-media digital platform ,She Shreds Media, which focus on the guitar as a tool for revolution and include performances and collaborations from artists featured in this issue, among many others. Check it out at https://sheshreds.com/