New Music Monday picks – September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day! A day when hopefully the fruits of your labor equal a day of zero laboring (or belaboring), and a stress-free celebration of both the summer’s end AND you! Naturally, the right soundtrack can make all the difference, and we hope you’re enjoying the last vestiges of summer along with the new tunes starring in today’s holiday edition of KXT’s New Music Monday.

We don’t know where Andra Day has been all our lives, but she’s come along at just the right time and all we can do is thank the universe repeatedly that she’s here for our ears and spirit. All it takes is a singular listen before it sinks in and you know that’s what you call a voice. Spike Lee knows the score, too – he directed the video for our New Music Monday pick here, “Forever Mine.” Andra Day’s debut album Cheers To The Fall is available on Warner Bros.

The Montreal quartet Half Moon Run offers us the kind of signature harmonies and folktronica that never fail to satisfy, and “Turn Your Love” is a smooth taste of what to expect when their second album Sun Leads Me On hits the beach October 23rd, via Glassnote.

We fell head over heels in love with the new Darlingside single “Go Back” this week, and the Cambridge, Massachusetts four-piece confessed in a recent interview that a good chunk of their inspiration comes from Back To the Future. But is that a touch of Land Of The Lost we’re hearing in there, too? Birds Say lands September 18th on Thirty Tigers.

Many Moons marks the solo debut of Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who doesn’t stray far from the band’s trademark soothing jingle-jangle morning vibe that sets them apart from the rest on the single, “Northern Highway.” October 30th is when Many Moons beams down via Domino Recording Co.

Enjoy your day! You’ve earned it.