It’s been a wee while since I’ve offered up a Five Songs For Friday and even longer since it was about new music, brand new music, music new to me…stuff I’ve found through reviewing or snooping about through the channels. So here we go then…Five Songs For Friday: Nice New Things…from brand new artists and from musicians who have been around for years…Nice New Things…from brand new pop/rock acts, film composers and old soul singers…Nice New Things to try this Friday and over the weekend…
1. Don Bryant, How Do I Get There?
A brand new album from Bryant has just been released and it’s a great album, enjoying it straight away on first listen – a nice reminder of the good ole gospel-tinged soul and not a Charles Bradley yelp in sight. Worth a go – Bryant is in fine voice, his first recording in something like a quarter-century and the band has him covered too. It’s a winning combo.
2. Daniel Pemberton, Growing Up Londinium [King Arthur: Legend of the Sword OST]
As you know I’m a bit of a freak for film scores and Daniel Pemberton has created a few terrific ones, including a couple of very recent, very strong film scores. I have been listening to his King Arthur score with no real interest in the film – actually the score is so great it’s making me want to see the film.
3. The Afghan Whigs, Demon In Profile
A new album by The Afghan Whigs will always get a listen. This one has only had one complete listen, but I like it. A lot. I love the intensity of this band, of the Greg Dulli brand in fact. And nothing’s changed here – in the right way, of course.
4. Fazerdaze, Lucky Girl
The album has been out a week and is soaking up five-star reviews and word-of-mouth buzz…I was slow to Fazerdaze, not for any reason other than I’m never in a rush – people can talk things up as much as they like and because I’m drowning in so much music I’ll only just get to it when I get to it. I played the Fazerdaze album a bunch this time last week and then across the weekend and it felt brand new and familiar all at once, the way good music does. It is a nice record to have on, there’s some 90s indie throwback feel to it. And then there’s not. It’s not inventing much but it sure isn’t flat out copying anything; good summery, sunshine-y guitar-based pop blasts. Good songs. Perfect for winter then? Actually yeah…it feels pretty good.
5. Robert Cray, You Had My Heart
The brand new Robert Cray album is my favourite new record for right now and I firmly believe it’s Robert Cray at his very best. It’s Cray with what’s left of the Hi Records rhythm section and Steve Jordan as super-producer and drummer. And though a lot of the album is covers – great song choices from terrific songwriters and performers (Bill Withers, Tony Joe White, The 5 Royals) Cray still does the business with a couple of originals too. His voice is in fine form and when he hits at those strings to pinch off those frosty blues-guitar solos…well, he’s still got that too. Started the week – and ended last week – with a lot of Robert Cray. Ending this week with Don Bryant. Feels a nice circle, of sorts.