Your New Music Monday picks for this de-lovely spring day include tasty dance numbers, folky vibes and a heart-stopping stunner of a tribute:
As we still do our best to adjust to a world without David Bowie, every once in a while there are reminders that not only did he leave us with fifty years’ worth of beauty to remember him by, but there are also reminders of his far-reaching inspiration. Dallas artist Sarah Jaffe has done us a beautiful turn with “Did David Feel Like This?” – joining forces with McKenzie Smith of Midlake and Denton’s Centro-matic’s Scott Danbom for this heart-stoppingly exquisite commemoration of Mr. Bowie. Steel yourself, because this one’s a stunner.
The Iowa-born, Montreal-based Laurel Sprengelmeyer moonlights as Little Scream and we couldn’t have come up with a happier ditty to celebrate New Music Monday with. “Love As A Weapon” features Moog-flavored pop-tastic hooks, the occasional whiff of the Stones’ “Emotional Rescue,” and a call to action to get up and dance when the going gets tough. Her second album, Cult Following, arrives May 6 via Merge.
While you’re enjoying that little private dance party at your desk with Little Scream, try following it up with this spring break soundtrack fave to keep the good vibes going. The Boulder-based outfit Big Gigantic happened upon a Telepopmusik track on Pandora and snagged Angela McCluskey for lead vocal duties on this spirited, horn-happy gem, “The Little Things.”
Just when you think the whole world’s gone and lost its ever-lovin’ mind, PDX five-piece Fruition steps in with a bluegrass-tinged, foot-tappin’ paean to kindness and hope with “Labor Of Love,” the title track of their April 22 release.
Happy listening, music lovers!