This week’s New Music Monday picks give us much to be thankful for: an otherworldly collaboration, the return of an uber-prolific artist and the latest and greatest in local:
So much to be thankful for in the way of the newest tunes coming down the mountain, and today we’re celebrating the newest kid on the Dallas musical block. Motorcade brings together some of our most beloved local artists of note: John Dufilho from The Deathray Davies, I Love Math, Apples In Stereo and Cantina, Jeff Ryan from Pleasant Grove and the Baptist Generals, and Baboon’s James Henderson and Andrew Hofstetter. There’s a self-titled debut slated for a February release, and a Britpop-flavored, love-at-first-listen lead single called “Recover,” which will round out your late-November playlist like a charm.
Sometimes we just need confirmation that we’re only human after all, and along comes Rory Graham, aka Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, to talk us down from the ledge. “Human” is an heartfelt and urgent appeal for grace, delivered in a commanding voice that evokes the great old school blues and soul artists of yesteryear while bringing something fresh to the forefront. With 27+ million Spotify plays (and counting) and sitting pretty at #1 in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, music lovers on this side of the Atlantic are in for a beautiful ride.
On January 27, the multi-instrumentalist and uber-prolific Ty Segall comes full circle with his second self-titled album – the first being his 2008 debut – via the much-praised Drag City label. “Orange Color Queen,” the first song released into the wild, undulates with a soft build that gives way to a vibe sounding like the love child of the late George Harrison and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It’s unpredictable, bewitching and has us eagerly awaiting more.
There’s a certain elegance and unflinching beauty in “When We Dance,” the new collaboration between Icelandic songbird Emiliana Torrini and Belgium’s The Colorist Orchestra. And we know we’re not the only ones who believe the world could certainly use more of that nowadays. The self-titled debut lands December 9, via Rough Trade.