Published on November 11th, 2013 | by Randall Castillo0
November’s New Music Rundown
When it rains, it pours.
The last couple of months (and last several weeks in particular) have seen a pretty tremendous boom in new music. It’s commonly accepted that there will be lulls throughout the year in terms of fresh tunes — this summer, for example, seemed to be relatively dry.
Thankfully, the clouds have rolled in, bringing with them a veritable flood of new artists chock full of tracks that will easily quench your metaphorically parched throats. And in the world of Spotify, Pandora, and a veritable laundry list of other streaming services, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the selection. This list, then, is here to give you a springboard into who and what are worth your precious megabytes. We know those data plans aren’t free.
I haven’t been this excited about a new band since first discovering now-defunct Acceptance in 2005. The Manchester-based indie rock quartet are destined for big things. I would be absolutely blown away if they didn’t have a successful single on US radio in the next 3 months.
(The entire self-titled album is well worth a listen. It’s been on steady repeat on this writer’s iPhone since its release in early September, and likely won’t stop anytime soon.)
Not much is known about the indie-rock-folk-electric mashup, except that they (1) live in Los Angeles and (2) know how to craft tunes that appeal to the very best of your musical senses on a wide range that is neither broad nor contrived. Crossing over a pretty interesting blend of traditional genres, Grizfolk somehow manages to arrive at one style that miraculously doesn’t sound like tonal Frankenstein. On the contrary, the music is not only catchy as hell — it’s also smooth and somewhat refined.
If CHVRCHES is at all a fair representation of what we can expect from Scottish electronic pop, then I believe I speak for everyone when I welcome the scene here in the U.S. The band broke into people’s web browsers and home stereo systems with the success of their first “single” Lies, but they’re so much more than just that track. Their ventures into sexy, 80’s-pop inspired synth hits are reminiscent of a few other bands in the scene today, but fresher. Think “a more radio-friendly M83”.