It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter and Chris Martins from Spin Magazine.
Artist: Blood Orange
Album: Cupid Deluxe
Release Date: November 19
Songs: "Chamakay", "Time Will Tell"
This is the work of Dev Hynes, a solo artist and songwriter for others (Britney, Solange, Sky) whose new album really defines this "indie R&B" moment. His production looks back fondly on '80s eurodance, Prince-ly purple haze, and smooth jazz sax. Guest spots from members of Dirty Projectors, Chairlift, and others. He walks this great line between black and white, gay and straight, brain and body, foreign and familiar, and isn't afraid to forge his own path even as his cache grows as a proven hit-maker. Paris-born, London-raised, New York-based auteur whose early projects were punkier rock (Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles). Great story, even greater artist in the making.
Artist: Nils Frahm
Release Date: November 19
Songs: "Hammers" "Says"
Nils Frahm is a Berlin-bred pianist/composer who studied under a student of the last scholar of Tchaikovsky, and yet his approach breaks from tradition. He experiments with drone both using effects such as tape loops, and sheer manual dexterity (via flurries of notes), and also incorporates analog synths into his live performances, where improvisation plays a large part. This album is the first to capture his concert work but it's not a boring old live album. It's culled from two years of performances, and Frahm refers to the individual tracks as field recordings, as they include room sound, cell phone beeps, etc.
Artist: Glen Hansard
Album: Drive All Night (EP)
Release Date: Dec. 3
Songs: “Drive All Night,” “Step Out of the Shadows”
“Drive All Night” was a track on Springsteen’s Glen Hansard teams with Eddie Vedder Jake Clemons and Joe Henry. Recording of “Drive All Night” was largely inspired by Hansard’s relationship with Jake Clemons, nephew of Clarence Clemons aka “The Big Man,” who was a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone. They met at a Bruce show. Glen Hansard is the frontman for influential Irish band The Frames but made his name in the movies, as the busking male lead in the movie Once (won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly”) Solo effort outside of The Swell Season is quieter.
Artist: Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones
Release Date: Nov. 25
Songs: “Lightning Express,” “Rockin' Alone (In An Old Rockin' Chair)”
This duo met at the Grammys, and it was Billie Joe’s wife who suggested they collaborate. This is a 12-song collection inspired by "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us", an album of traditional Americana songs reinterpreted, recorded, and released by The Everly Brothers in 1958. The album was recorded in New York in nine days. These are what you call “porch songs,” with titles like "I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail" and "Rockin' Alone (In An Old Rockin' Chair)."