Without any ado…
“Chapel of Pines” by Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee put out SOMETHINGGOOD’s Album of the Year in 2017 so I’m somewhat obligated to shout out the Katie Crutchfield-led project’s follow-up EP, released today. Great Thunder is a dramatic (and intentional) left turn from Out In The Storm‘s rock and rage. It’s an exploration of Crutchfield’s folk and country roots, using songs from a now-defunct project (also called Great Thunder). “Chapel of Pines” is the lead single off the new EP.
“Labour Like I Do” by Doe
Topshelf Records/Big Scary Monsters
Topshelf Records isn’t just a clever name. The Boston-based label has a stellar roster of artists, so each new record should be appointment listening for indie music fans. Topshelf’s next one is the U.S. release of Grow Into It from indie rock trio Doe, out of London. It comes out September 28. Big Scary Monsters is handling the UK/EU release. “Labour Like I Do” is one of the songs on it.
“Honey B” by The Bbys
Milwaukee rocks, apparently. Fuzzy indie-punk quartet The Bbys released their self-titled LP earlier this year but it didn’t wash up on my shores until last weekend. Since then, I’ve been hooked on the band’s lo-fi groove. Album-opener “Honey B,” with a thrashing and melodic guitar sound, is as good a place to start as any.
“Wanting What I Can’t Have” by Carla J. Easton
Olive Grove Records
Carla J. Easton used to perform under the moniker ETTE, but not anymore. Next month, the Glasgow-based singer-songwriter and TeenCanteen frontwoman will release the first solo record under her given name (and second overall, following 2016’s Homemade Lemonade). It’s called Impossible Stuff. Get a taste with second single “Wanting What I Can’t Have.”
“Would You Like A Second Fortune?” by SUPERTEEN
For this entry, I’m dipping into the February release of Over Everything, the latest LP from Salem, Massachusetts’ own SUPERTEEN. It’s arguably the beloved underground band’s best record to date, and further solidifies its status as a innovator. “Would You Like A Second Fortune” is my favorite track from the album.
“Zuzu’s Petals” by Grizzly Coast
Growing up, Canadian music was something of a punchline. I didn’t really get it then and I certainly don’t now, if it’s still a thing. Every week there seems to be an interesting new artist coming out of the Great White North. This week it’s indie-folk band Grizzly Coast (led by singer-songwriter Alannah Kavanagh), who released the gentle single “Zuzu’s Petals” last Friday.